Collection: Legacy Collection
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: September 2009
Darth Sidious uses holographic technology to discuss the invasion of Naboo with Nute Gunray. The Sith Lord encourages the Viceroy of the Trade Federation to eliminate anyone who resists the Federation's occupation of the planet.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is filled with both really cool and really silly technology. But the mechno-chair undoubtedly falls to the cooler side of this spectrum. First immortalized in collectible form via the 1:6 Scale Figure scale by Sideshow Collectibles, the Hasbro "action figure" ended up coming out with the same quality and attention to detail, albeit much smaller. We definitely use the words "action figure" very loosely because this is actually just a large accessory; very similar to how the 2008 TAC Mustafar Panning Droid (08 08) figure was originally intended to be an accessory for Anakin Skywalker before itself was packaged individually. But don’t have any worries about what is contained within this set because Hasbro gave us a lot of value for the money. Plus the design of it is incredible and it makes complete sense why this “accessory” was released as a basic figure by itself. This little "set" is such a beautiful thing and we are extremely giddy about how well it turned out. And we are excited to finally get this piece (and so well sculpted) in our collections. And we are even more thankful that this was attempted ten years after the film was made because obviously an older version would lack the higher technological advancements and standards that figures have today. Darth Sidious Hologram is done so well, you will be certain that the Sideshow Collectibles 1:6 Scale Figure was just shrunken down to create it (but it wasn’t) because of all the details Hasbro has managed to capture in this “figure”.
The actual hologram of Darth Sidious is much smaller than the average 3.75" action figure and this is exactly the correct scale it should be. The holographic image is sized somewhere in between the TSC pack-in holograms from 2006 and a regular action figure. It has no articulation at all and none is needed. It serves its purpose flawlessly as a miniature statue. If we were to complain about anything, we would have wished that Hasbro used a blue color (as seen in the film) instead of the purple used for the actual hologram. Holographic images are definitely somewhere in between the two colors, but we think that one that appears more blue than purple traditionally looks better. There are some exceptions we suppose, but overall, blue is the way to go. The mechno-chair has a remarkable eight points of articulation so you can pose it in quite a few positions. The level of movement also mirrors the Sideshow Collectibles figure too. The detail included is a masterful work of art and we are thoroughly impressed with how much thought and work went into something that basically serves as a fancy stand for the holographic image. The mecho-chair is etched with stunning geometric lines and patterns and cast in a striking bronze color. It is just simply a beautifully noble piece. Collectors will be happy to know that the joints on the mechno-droid are very tight and can hold the various poses very well. After its appearance in Episode, I, we really didn’t see this device again frequently until the Tartakovsky Clone Wars.
Status: Darth Sidious Hologram is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 8 points
Articulation Details: 2 swivel rear legs, 2 swivel rear feet, 2 hinge-jointed front legs, 2 swivel front feet
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: L8-L9 left leg
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 92951/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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