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Lott Dod (Neimoidian Senator) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #51)

Name: Lott Dod (Neimoidian Senator)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #51
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: September 2002
License: Hasbro

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After rescuing Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn discover Anakin Skywalker, a nine-year-old slave unusually strong in the Force, on Tatooine. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces, while the two Jedi fight the evil Darth Maul and realize that the invasion is the first step in a sinister scheme by the dark forces known as the Sith.

A Neimoidian senator who represents the Trade Federation's interests in the Galactic Senate, Lott Dod uses his bureaucratic lies and procedural tricks to achieve the aims of the Trade Federation.

The Neimoidian species appears to be an alien type that Star Wars fans are enjoying, but Hasbro has been slightly timid about releasing them in the basic figure line up. In 1999, we received two in the Episode I line which was great, but as of 2002, which happened to be the first year of the Star Wars “Saga” line, only one more was released. Perhaps the diminished release schedule is a good thing, otherwise we might grow weary of so many Neiomoidians in our collection, but with a little at a time, we can savor their releases in the basic figure line a bit longer, and maybe identify with them a little bit more in the films. For the Star Wars “Saga” line, collectors have been treated to Lott Dod (Neimoidian Senator), another Neimoidian from Episode I from the senate scenes in the film. The figure itself looks pretty good, and he comes with more than a fair share of accessories to make him as interesting as possible. This won’t be the most sought out action figure of all time, but we admit that as background fodder, he is at good as it gets.

Lott Dod (Neimoidian Senator) comes with a surprising amount of layering. His upper robes are completely removable and underneath is an alien being with a horizontally ribbed skintight under “dress” (for lack of a better word). OK, so maybe it’s only one layer, but it befits him and we love the way this action figure has been approached. When he is as unrobed as he can be, you’ll easily see that he comes with six points of articulation. A swivel head is joined by two swivel shoulders, a swivel waist and two swivel feet (which have inhibited movement thanks to they way they have been sculpted underneath the base sculpt). Perhaps his most interesting accessory however is his senatorial miter. It fits like a glove on his head (make sure the “tail” of the miter is facing back and not front) and gives him a wealth of personality that is sorely missing without it. It sits high on his head and gives him false stature, which is always good for a wimpy and cowardly species as the Neimoidians, who act as mere pawns in the hands of the Separatists. It really gives him the notoriety he needs.

Interestingly, he comes with the same Darth Sidious hologram that 2002’s SW Count Dooku (Dark Lord) (‘02 #27) figure. We’re surprised that Hasbro has reused this accessory in the same collection, but we suppose if we think about it again that Hasbro has done this countless times before this. We don’t recall the scene where Lott Dod (Neimoidian Senator) communicates with the holographic image of Darth Sidious, but don’t rely on our memory on that detail. Altogether, Lott Dod (Neimoidian Senator) passes our own discriminating standards. It’s unlikely Hasbro will ever revisit this action figure in our lifetime, but anything is possible of course. Fans of Separatists do exist, but the audience is niche and small. With that, Hasbro will continue to slow stream of action figures of these aliens in the basic figure line. We’ll just have to baste in what they do release for us from here on out. The Star Wars “Saga” is really becoming a hodgepodge of a line now. While this collection of figures started off strong with characters from Attack Of The Clones, the direction is changing a bit and they’re showing collectors that any Star Wars source is fair game now. We hope they keep that mix going strong.

Collector Notes

Lott Dod (Neimoidian Senator)

Status: Lott Dod (Neimoidian Senator) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 6 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel torso, 2 swivel feet

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: removable Senatorial miter, removable upper robes, Darth Sidious hologram

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84913/84861

UPC: 076930849132

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Added: December 26, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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