Name: Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #02
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: April 2002
Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the heart of the conflict... and the beginning of war.
Now a Senator from Naboo, Padmé Amidala has grown in bravery and wisdom since her term as Queen. Padmé shows her courage and resourcefulness by trying to escape after she is captured on the planet Geonosis and sentenced to death.
Where does an action figure that had so much potential go horribly wrong? That is pretty much the sentiment we feel when it comes to 2002’s Star Wars “Saga” Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape). This action figure has great proportions, a decent likeness and cool accessories, but it’s been devastated by one of the worst action features ever to be included in a basic action figure. We’ll get the those specifics in a moment. Hasbro has decided to walk the fence with the action figures that make up the Star Wars “Saga” line. They want to keep collectors engage, but they have a large population o kids to interest and to do that they need to add gimmicky play features to keep the figures interesting. Collectors feel that this is a bunch of bologna. After all, when they were kids we had simple articulation, but the thought of including action features into the figures wasn’t even a thought. And everyone loves them to day. So why give the beautiful Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) functionality that adulterates an otherwise nice sculpt? Inquiring minds want to know.
So let’s talk about the white elephant in the room. Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) in naturally in a relatively neat pose actually. Although it’s a freeze frame in the film, her right arm is outstretched fending off the various Separatist droids trying to destroy her as well as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Geonosis Arena events. So, if you decide to permanently keep her in this position, you probably won’t mind, but that’s pretty much the only position you’re going to get without any manual intervention by you. If you twist her waist however, the arm that is outstretched lowers down to her body. At that point you can release the waist and her arm snaps up quickly to that original “attack” position. The shoulder with the action feature is hinge-jointed, but all the other points on this figure including her head, left shoulder, waist (save for the action feature spring) and hips are all swivel articulation. An often missed point of articulation on this figure is the swivel right bicep (on the same arm as the action feature).
Status: Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 7 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, swivel left shoulder, hinge-jointed right shoulder (action feature), swivel right bicep, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: blaster, removable holster, metal chain, arena column (2 parts)
Date Stamp: 2001
Assortment Number: 84855/84851
Retail: $4.99 USD
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