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Emperor Palpatine - TLC - Basic (BD 39)

Name: Emperor Palpatine
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 39
Source: Expanded Universe (Hasbro Concept – Based on Hologram Image)
Availability: May 2009
License: Hasbro

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The Emperor contacts Darth Vader during the Sith Lord's pursuit of the Millennium Falcon. Palpatine warns Vader of a disturbance in the Force caused by the son of Anakin Skywalker. The Emperor commands Vader to turn the young Jedi to the dark side.

Technically simultaneously a never before released figure and an Expanded Universe character, Emperor Palpatine has finally been immortalized in his "sort of" appearance from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Technically this figure is a Hasbro concept, a realistic “in the flesh” styled action figure based on the holographic visage scene first in the original version of Episode V. We would need to get this figure in holographic form in order for it to be truly sourced from The Empire Strikes Back. Although the image of Emperor Palpatine seen in the film was a holograph, Hasbro put their heads together and created a great figure they knew collectors would want in their collections. After so many other versions of Emperor Palpatine, this one is “close enough” to what was witnessed on film. They cleverly utilized a current inventory of parts in an effort to reduce tooling costs while still making it a "new" (and very good might we add) figure. Emperor Palpatine came out much better than expected and we believe lovers of The Empire Strikes Back will be very happy. (We did recently get the Special Edition version in the form of the Hasbro SDCC 2008 exclusive Disturbance In The Force set, but this Emperor Palpatine is loosely one is based on the original version of the film.) The figure's body is on loan from the original 2005 ROTS Evolutions: The Sith Emperor Palpatine body and there are barely any differences that we can find from this original sculpt. And not too many changes were needed since we really don't know what this character looks like from the chest up (and only in holographic form to boot).

Really, the things to concentrate on with Emperor Palpatine are the newly sculpted head and hood. These new pieces are beautifully sculpted and painted and the final result is awesome. The hood has been molded in a pliable plastic and fits wonderfully over Palpatine’s new portrait. We can basically kiss the 2003 SW The Emperor ('03 #30) and the 2006 TSC Emperor Palpatine (SAGA 043) figures goodbye! (Well, maybe not right away - at least until they remake a Return Of The Jedi based Emperor Palpatine with this perfectly fitted hood.) The hood actually blends in very well with the fabric robes giving a wholly draped look from head to toe and it has all the right texture and curling needed. We typically do not like the mixture of soft-goods with plastic molded goods, but it works very well here. Once you merely glance at this figure, it is immediately reminiscent of that figure with no pupils in his eyes that we saw in the original release of the film. (Is a holographic version up next? We sure hope so because this is the definitive sculpt of this character and we would love to have a movie accurate version of him. And let us comment that you feel a bit creepy when you stare at his face. This clearly works to our favor because the Emperor should instill that fear. The action figure glares back at you and you don't know where to look into his eyes. It is a very effective and dark figure to add to your collection. Hasbro has been guilty of referring to this figure as the "monkey-face Emperor". This reference is a bit confusing to us because it looks nothing like a monkey to us. Instead, it personifies the epitome of the dark side of the Force. Palpatine is very ominous and foreboding. It is one of the better Palpatine sculpts we have seen in awhile and this is no doubt do to the simple but eerie design of the holographic image we saw talking to Darth Vader. Emperor Palpatine is "evil", and this portrait is evil looking, so we give our highest marks of praise to Hasbro!

Accessories include the removable plastic hood, soft-goods outer robe, cane, and his Episode III lightsaber. This confirms the fact that although this figure may not come with the most appropriate accessories, he is nonetheless cool with all the necessary "expanded universe" artistic license taken here. (And we are fine with this! EU is extra cool when it is based directly from an "off-screen" moment.) The Legacy Collection’s The Empire Strikes Back wave of figures that Emperor Palpatine comes in has had the distinction of coming with two different shades of U-3PO’s droid parts (part of the Droid Factory pack-in premium). The lighter silver colored parts are the error (per Hasbro) and they have been a bit of a chore to locate at the retail level. One of the lighter shipped waves of figures by Hasbro in a long time, we have to admit that they have not been the easiest figures to find at the retail level. But with anything, Hasbro may decide to release some o all of these figures again at some point in the basic figure line. Emperor Palpatine comes with U-3PO's “body” Build A Droid part. The figure retails for $7.99 plus tax and while we can't make judgments on what figures are and are not worth this price (this is solely up to you), we can guarantee that he will be a very happy addition to your collection. And if you are a Sith fan, you have another reason to consider this figure. You'll have to buy them all or other reissued figures with new droid parts if you want to complete your U-3PO figure, which you should, because it is another great figure to finally get! Emperor Palpatine should be included in your collections, we highly recommend it!

Collector Notes

Emperor Palpatine

Status: Emperor Palatine is a retool of the figure from 2005's ROTS The Sith Evolutions set. This time the figure has an all-new head sculpt, a new hood and has been repainted. It also appears if the soft-goods have been cut from a slightly different fabric as well.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: removable soft-goods robe, removable hood, lightsaber, cane

Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: U-3PO body

Date Stamp: 2005

Assortment Number: 87572/87535

UPC: 653569354901

Retail: $7.99 USD

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The Legacy Collection Wave 6
Luke Skywalker (BD 38)
Emperor Palpatine (BD 39)
Captain Needa (BD 40)
Princess Leia (BD 41)
Hoth Rebel Trooper (BD 42)
Ugnaught (BD 43)
U-3PO (Build A Droid)

Added: May 25, 2009
Category: Legacy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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