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Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #19)

Name: Royal Guard (Coruscant Security)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #19
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: April 2002
License: Hasbro

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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.

Imperial Royal Guards are so highly trained in deadly arts that their chosen weapon is not a blaster but a vibro-active force pike, which they use with lightning swiftness to inflict precise and lethal wounds.

Did you know that there is a difference between a Red Guard and a Royal Guard? There is, but that difference can only be gauged by the time period you’re discussing. The Red Guard transitioned into the Royal Guard after the formation of the Galactic Empire, under the tyranny of Emperor Palpatine. It’s technically incorrect to refer to them as Royal Guards in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. As such, the name on the Hasbro Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) figure is erroneous. You can’t be too upset with Hasbro for this oversight. After all, Star Wars fans have referred to them as Emperor’s Royal Guards for decades now and without any explained back story, what else would they think? Anyway, Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) is the very first modern Red Guard figure in the entire Hasbro line. While no differences exist between the guards seen in Episode VI or Episode II, Hasbro didn’t have much wiggle room in attempting to tie them to Prequel Trilogy. Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) still comes with the infamous force pike, but he also comes with an electro effect (that wasn’t even seen in the film), so how else can you tell these characters apart from each other? The quick answer is you cannot.

Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) has an excellent sculpt, but it has minimal articulation. Because the robes are not soft-goods for this release, any meaningful articulation would have been rendered useless because of the inability to articulate the figure when there are constraints to do that. So we feel the lack of articulation is actually a plus her. You won’t be frustrated trying to pose the action figure because there isn’t much articulation to make that happen. What you will have however is a pretty good looking Royal Guard action figure that will fit in seamlessly with any of your modern figures from Return Of The Jedi. Aside from a red color that is just too bright for our likes (we feel a more crimson approach is required for the Royal Guards), we are actually fond of how this figure turned out. Despite a lack of articulation, Hasbro didn’t cut the sculpt short. They developed a well-detailed body underneath of those plastic robes. It’s a bit difficult to futz with them and see the “art” underneath, but make it a point to do so and you’ll find that Hasbro did a great job for the body that rests below the nicely flowing robes. With an ever-so-slightly off balance center of gravity, Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) may topple over if not precariously positioned.

Released in time for April 2002 street date, Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) was one of the first action figures to be army built at a brisk rate. Sure, many collectors were after the clones, but Original Trilogy fans were quite excited to get a proportionate a great looking Royal Guard to round out their OT collections. Coming with eight points of articulation, Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) has inhibited head movement, but the other joints move reasonably well despite the constricting robes. The feature we’re most thrilled about is the sculpt of the right hand. It’s been positioned in a way that allows for a very realistic look when he hold the force pike up against his body in a “guarding” position. It looks fantastic. There isn’t much else you could wish for when it comes to a Royal Guard, so we love it that Hasbro made this a priority in the approach of this action figure. Is the Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) action figure perfect? It isn’t at all. But he looks good and he worlds away from the 1997 POTF2 figure which is now a relic by today’s standards. We’re getting closer to a super-articulated Royal Guard action figure. Many want to see the return of soft-goods too. (Editor’s Note: 2005’s ROTS Royal Guard (III 23) and 2012’s TVC Emperor’s Royal Guard (VC105) both brought this back.) This one will have to suffice for now.

Collector Notes

Royal Guard (Coruscant Security)

Status: Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 8 points

Articulation Details: swivel head (inhibited movement), 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: vibro-active force pike, electro effect

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84831/84861

UPC: TBD

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 2
Boba Fett (Kamino Escape) (’02 #07)
Shaak Ti (Jedi Master) (’02 #10)

Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) (’02 #19)
Jar Jar Binks (Gungan Senator) (’02 #24)
Taun We (Kamino Cloner) (’02 #25)
Luminara Unduli (Jedi Master) (’02 #26)

Added: December 6, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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