Thursday, April 18, 2019

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,578: Padme Amidala (The Black Series 6-Inch)

The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Figure
Item No.:
Asst. B3834 No. E4081
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #81
Includes: Pistol hand, rifle hand, cape, pistol, rifle
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $19.99
Availability: March 2019
Appearances: Attack of the Clones

Bio: Padme Amidala was a courages, hopeful leader, serving as Queen and then Senator of Naboo - and was also handy with a blaster.  Despite her ideals and al she did for the cause of peace, her secret, forbidden marriage to Jedi Anakin Skywalker would prove to have dire consequences for the galaxy.   (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!

Click here to buy it at Amazon now!

Commentary:  Run and do not walk to your favorite online store or actual store to get yourself a 6-inch Padme figure.  It has been six years since The Black Series 6-inch figures debuted, and this is the very first Padme Amidala in any costume.  I would say she's worth the wait - the posture seems to match that of Natalie Portman, with exceptional range of movement in the elbows. 

Oh, and check the face printing. There can still be blemishes. Unfortunately.

The cape slides over the head - no decapitation necessary - and she has two different right hands depending on which blaster you prefer to use.   Both weapons have painted highlights and/or scuffing - they didn't cheap out here.  The texture on the cape is amazing, and the belt is loose enough to swivel around.  My only gripe on this figure is that both right hands are preposterously loose - it might just be my sample, but they just sort of fall with gravity.  For an exceptional figure with amazing articulation and a sculpt that hides most of her 29 points of articulation I assume we'd always find something off, but the gun hand being loose is a real bummer.  They did such a good job making sure she could hold her blasters!

This is a good wave, and I was wondering why Hasbro would double down on her in the case - it turns out it's because she's dang near perfect.   I assume a Nexu Damage variant has to be under consideration, but at least we got this one with all the gear first.  For whatever reason, Hasbro has done a generally good job getting Natalie Portman's face pretty close to the mark and this may be one of the best.  It's a pity there's no matching Anakin or Obi-Wan to go with her yet, but perhaps Hasbro will have something to announce in the near future.  After all, they're going to have to put out something in absence of new movies.

Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.  

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,578: April 18, 2019

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