Name: Royal Guard
Type: Mini Busts
Number: Item No. 7585-1
Edition Size: 6667
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: November 2007
License: Gentle Giant Ltd.
The Emperor's Royal Guards are the elite and most loyal of the Imperial stormtroopers, solely responsible to Palpatine; their sole task was to protect Palpatine, his residences, and clones. They wear flowing robes and a sleek, featureless mask. The standrad weapon of the Royal Guard is the force pike, while the Sentate Guard uses a blaster pike.
When Palpatine created the Galactic Empire, the Senate Guards' role was marginalized and they were eventually replaced by the Royal Guards.
One of Gentle Giant Ltd.’s greatest skills is their ability to kill two birds with one stone. Whether they’re able to work up two different characters while utilizing one major sculpt, or just simply create a slight variant geared for PGMs, they are able find innovative ways to help save on tooling costs while consistently bringing new high quality products to the market. One such example of this were the concurrent releases of the Royal Guard/Senate Guard Mini Busts. Although they shared a similar base sculpt and shipped in the same case assortment, each came with unique box art, names and items numbers. To make things extra collectible, Gentle Giant Ltd. allotted two-thirds of the edition size for the Royal Guard and the remaining one-third was set for the Senate Guard. With over 10,000 total pieces made, the Royal Guard and Senate Guard are among the most plentiful of all Mini Busts to date.
The Royal Guard Mini Bust has been done very well. It's really the only way to state it. The first thing you’ll notice is his bright crimson red robes. Above the robes is a glistening shiny deeper red helmet with an opaque black visor. Looking like it’s been ripped right out of the film, the Royal Guard Mini Bust is a perfect replica of our favorite elite Imperial guards from the Original Trilogy. The Mini Bust comes in two pieces: the actual Mini Bust of the Royal Guard and then the movable force pike with the left and hand permanently attached to it. It is generally our preference that any Mini Bust be a solid piece without removable parts. There are always exceptions to this rule like Princess Leia In Boushh Disguise where we want to see her both helmeted and human portraits of this character. But in the case of the Royal Guard, there is really no need to have removable parts, except in the case of making a running change variant. So it’s evident why they did here. Clearly it's an easy transition for the Senate Guard to give that piece a rifle instead of the force pike. In this instance it works, but there is something more "collectible" about a Mini Bust that is one solid piece, in our opinion at least.
Status: This highly detailed mini bust, based on the original Lucasfilm costumes and props, was sculpted and painted by Gentle Giant Ltd. We hope you enjoy it.
Assembly: Royal Guard Mini Bust, force pile with left hand permanently attached
Date Stamp: 2007
Retail: $49.99 USD
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