Name: Royal Guard [Senate Guard]
Collection: Revenge Of The Sith
Number: III 23
Source: Revenge Of The Sith*
Availability: April 2005
* The revised helmet of the Senate Guard technically made its debut in Genndy Tartakovsky's Clone Wars micro-series.
The Royal Guard is Coruscant's most elite security force. During his rise to power, Palpatine seized control of all senate security, consolidating the blue senate guard and his own crimson personal guard under his direct authority.
One thing that always happens often from one Star Wars film to the next is that a character’s outfit is often at risk for changing. Heck, even some character’s facial likenesses like Kit Fisto’s even can change. This succession and evolution is all part of the process so George Lucas can reach the most definitive vision of the films (through his eyes). Obviously overprotective fans see this as troublesome and it really messes with the continuity. Change can be good, but change that alters a story can be somewhat damaging. When things aren’t explained, it leaves fans’ scratching their heads in confusion. Conversely, believable new storylines can help to explain changes we see. Take for instance Luke Skywalker’s likeness. After Mark Hamill sustained a facial injury from a motorcycle accident, George Lucas wrote in the Wampa attack in The Empire Strikes Back to explain his new look that the reconstructive surgery brought him. That's great. It works and it made the change in his appearance quite believable. But not everything has to be explained all the time either. It’s quite possible for uniforms to evolve in the films as well. And that’s precisely what happened with the Senate Guard outfit from one Prequel Trilogy film to the next. There was little to no difference in the uniform from Episode I to Episode II.
But that all changed in Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars micro-series when the cut-out visor (as seen in Episode I and Episode II) was replaced with a black visor instead. The crest of the helmet also changed significantly. But this revised look was also carried forward into the Revenge Of The Sith film and represents the latest version of this elite guard. Hasbro cleverly killed two birds with one stone and added both blue and red versions of similarly looking guards and universally dubbed these characters as Royal Guards for the Revenge Of The Sith basic figure line. Both utilize the same body type. The only differences are in the head (helmet) sculpt and the color of the uniform. It’s a shame that each character didn’t get its own packaging so their respective differences could have been better documented. They each have unique names and blending them as Royal Guards unfortunately blurs too many lines together and it’s something we’re not entirely comfortable with since they each serve unique bodies of government. Thankfully, as action figures, Hasbro gets much higher marks for the work that went into the sculpts than the thought process that went into the packaging. The blue Royal Guard (also called a Coruscant Guard, but more accurately a Senate Guard) is an exciting all-new action figure to have in the Star Wars line because it marks the first time the version with the “black visor” has been released as an action figure. This figure isn’t perfect. It misses the mark by having swivel elbows (a definite “no-no” for an army builder action figure) instead of ball-jointed ones and the awkward stance of the legs makes us with that Hasbro could have added ball-jointed ankles into the sculpt as well.
Status: Royal Guard [Senate Guard] is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 16 points (12 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel left elbow (1), swivel right elbow (1), swivel left forearm (1), swivel right forearm (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2)
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: strapped blaster rifle, blaster pistol, removable soft-goods outer robe, environmental display stand
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 85295/85174
Retail: $5.99 USD
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