Name: Emperor Palpatine
Collection: Revenge Of The Sith
Number: III 12
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: April 2005
The Supreme Chancellor expands his power and controls the Galactic Senate. As the Clone Wars rage, he sets into motion the final part of his plan to rule the galaxy and destroy the Jedi.
The Revenge Of The Sith toy line came out a month before the film hit theaters. But by the time fans could see the film, they were busy trying to figure out why Palatine had so many looks represented in the various basic and Deluxe figures Hasbro released in April 2005. Did Emperor Palpatine really have a “quick change” appearance that made him go from good to evil? Did he have the option to switch back and forth? Did he really go through a metamorphosis? Was he injured? Was he dead then brought back to life? The questions really didn’t end until we saw the film and only then did we realize that the newly hailed Emperor Palpatine was injured and permanently disfigured by his Force lightning, directed and Mace Windu, but deflected back by way of Mace’s lightsaber. If Hasbro had known the plot a bit more, perhaps they could have released the Palpatine figures they made in a little bit of a chronological (and much more accurate) order. Heck, maybe they wouldn’t have released that bizarre Deluxe figure either, but we digress.
Emperor Palpatine isn’t the greatest action figure in the Revenge Of The Sith line. (Is that a nicer way of saying that it’s not very good?) What is most frustrating about it however is that it has some really good points that are completely lost in an action figure that serves the collector more accurately as a statue than anything else. Emperor Palpatine only comes with eight points of articulation. Hasbro interestingly decided to waist ball-jointed articulation in the neck of this figure and it’s something we just don’t understand. He also comes with ball-jointed shoulders, but other than that, there isn’t much more in the form of premium articulation. As a Collection 1 figure, Hasbro has decided to work in an action feature into the figure’s right arm. They have added a spring for a “pull and release” feature that “fires” two different projectiles: “Force lightning” and “Force push” effects. This of course is annoying for the purist collectors, but we assume some kids will take joy in playing with this feature. Emperor Palpatine also comes with a red lightsaber that he can hold very nicely in his left hand.
Status: Emperor Palpatine is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 8 points
Articulation Details: ball-jointed head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: lightsaber, Force push effect, Force lightning effect, removable hood
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 85286/85174
Retail: $5.99 USD
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