Name: Holographic Darth Sidiious (With Mechno-Chair)
Collection: Lords Of The Sith
Number: Item #2148
Edition Size: 5000
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: July 2007
License: Sideshow Collectibles
Darth Sidious is a diabolical Sith genius, the likes of which the galaxy has never seen. Through deceptive arts and subtle maneuvering, the Sith Lord has quietly engineered a grand scheme to steal rule of the galaxy right out from under the noses of the Jedi, the supposed protectors of peace and stability in the Republic. While they remain blissfully oblivious to his machinations, and indeed, unaware even of his existence, the cloaked Sith Lord carefully and patiently maneuvers the pieces of his grand game into position, each phase in the master strategy meticulously crafted in advance.
Among the evil mastermind's pawns, Sidious has recruited the power-hungry leadership of the Trade Federation. Lord Sidious has become a shadowy council to the Neimoidian inner circle at the head of the Federation. Ambitious and vain, Viceroy Nute Gunray, has become frustrated with the restrictive Republic bureaucracy and their taxation that stymies the commercial giant's ability to rake profit in the Outer Rim. Goaded into a rash and uncharacteristically aggressive action by their secret benefactor, Gunray and his settlement officer, Rune Haako, intend to force the issue by imposing a blockade of the small and peaceful world of Naboo.
Cowardly and skittish by nature, the Neimoidians require constant direction to prevent them from mishandling the blockade and invasion, and to permit the Sith's true purpose to play out according to plan. Sidious gives the Viceroy a prestigious and expensive mechno-throne and a mobile Sith holoprojector, a mechno-chair, each equipped with a remarkable Sith hyper-wave transceiver that permits secret conversation over the vast distances of the galaxy. Gunray foolishly accepts these gifts as his due, a boon reflective of his status, though the true purpose of the secure communications devices and their holographic projectors is to permit Sidious to better direct and control the actions of his weak-willed minions.
For 2007’s San Diego Comic Con exclusive, Sideshow Collectibles got a little more clever. Instead of a standard 1:6 Scale Figure release, they thought outside of the box to release what can be interpreted as more of an accessory than a 12-inch figure. The Holographic Darth Sidious (With Mechno-Chair) is a “thing” Star Wars fans have wanted for a very long time, and Sideshow Collectibles is the first licensee to deliver it in collectible format to the Star Wars collecting community. It looks great, but it lacks in quality somewhat. Constructed out of what we consider a weaker form of plastic, it doesn’t appear it will possess enough ruggedness to last throughout the years, that is of course, if you overwork the joints and bring them to the breakage point. As a display piece this set is gorgeous. It’s priced right at less than $40 and it has an electronic feature that should last over time providing it’s treated with care and also not overused.
Holographic Darth Sidious is a well-designed sculpt. Unlike what Hasbro can do for their own holographic figures, Sideshow Collectibles is able to texturize these characters with multiple colors to recreate the differing levels of color from the various frequencies of the holographic transmission (or whatever causes that) since they make these figure in a much larger scale. More detail gets translated better of bigger things, and the Holographic Darth Sidious (With Mechno-Chair) perfectly exemplifies how easily and with great impact it can be done. When fully assembled, Holographic Darth Sidious (With Mechno-Chair) has a tall stature, but it isn’t nearly as tall as the regular 1:6 Scale Figures in Sideshow Collectible multiple lineups. Yet is still is proportionate to these other characters. Sideshow Collectibles doesn’t seem to release the characters in the 1:6 Scale Figures line with any rhyme or reason, but their rhythm is good and they quickly get out characters from many different backgrounds and introduce unique items to hint at where they’re going. Holographic Darth Sidious (With Mechno-Chair) definitely helps embrace this line of thought.
Announcement Date: April 26, 2007
Pre-order Date: June 14, 2007 (SDCC Attendees); June 15, 2007 (SDCC Non-Attendess)
Retail: $39.99 USD
Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on listings.
Status: Holograpgic Darth Sidious is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: None
Articulation Details: None
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: N/A
Status: Mechno-Chair is an all-new accessory for Holographic Darth Sidious.
Articulation Count: 10
Articulation Details: 2 triple hinge-jointed front legs, 2 swivel rear hips, 2 swivel rear feet
Accessory Count: None* (*light-up feature)
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2007
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