Name: Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars Animated)
Number: Item No. 10627
Edition Size: 2000
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: June 2008
License: Gentle Giant Ltd.
One of the greatest accomplishments Gentle Giant Ltd. ever made in their popular Maquettes line was undeniably their incredible Emperor Palpatine collectible. It is truly an astounding collectible and fastidious collectors of this line have a great deal to celebrate with its release. It’s exactly what fans of the line have been waiting to see get produced in this scale, and Gentle Giant Ltd. has cleverly sculpted a likeness of Palpatine that not only obvioulsy transcends his appearance from Return Of The Jedi, but also acknowledges Genndy Tartakovsky’s take on Darth Sidious from the Clone Wars micro-series (that we only saw in holographic form, mind you). A lot of various inspiration went into this piece and it’s evident that Gentle Giant Ltd. was careful to hone in on them in equal parts to bring a fair animated take on the king of evil. This Maquette captures all of that effortlessly and it is quite amazing that it looks organized as it does when it seems to be drawn from multiple sources.
Emperor Palpatine comes with an extremely gruesome facial structure. He is so evil that he almost looks more zombie than a Sith Master with a severely burned face. Gentle Giant Ltd. has added subtle color to his eyes and the coloring just accents the evil that is already there. It doesn’t brighten up the face in the least. He has a most horrifying open-mouthed grin and you can clearly make out all of the jagged teeth inside of his mouth. The hand painted details are quite astounding. The hood of his cloak does a decent job to hide his evil face, but it’s not completely covered up where it functions more like an obstruction. His left hand, again which looks like the living dead, is up at the center of his chest, and all of his figures are curled in a dark gestured manner. His finger tips are about as eerie as his expression, and he looks about ready to command the dark side of the Force at his will. Truly, Gentle Giant Ltd. has mastered this leader of the dark side of the Force. They have done a wondrous job with it.
Status: Co-designed by Lucasfilm and Gentle Giant Studios, Inc., this maquette showcases an animated take on the classic character from the Star Wars saga. Inspired by the various cartoon styles from the Star Wars universe, each character has been reimagined in a captivating new rendition sure to delight fans and collectors alike. We hope you enjoy owning this piece as much as we have enjoyed creating it.
Date Stamp: 2008
Retail: $79.99 USD
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