Name: Grand Admiral Thrawn (Commander Of The Imperial Fleet)
Collection: Militaries Of Star Wars
Number: Item #2190
Edition Size: 750 (Exclusive) 1500 (Regular)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: Expanded Universe (Heir To The Empire)
Availability: December 2009
License: Sideshow Collectibles
Grand Admiral Thrawn became one of our very first Expanded Universe characters (in general) that grew an amazing following and has today become one of the most popular Star Wars characters overall, period. It is quite interesting how fans gravitate to EU characters and Grand Admiral Thrawn was certainly one that struck a chord with more than a few! We first received him as a 1998 Expanded Universe Hasbro figure which was both very hard to find and an incredible seller. 2008 brought us an update to the original POTF2 figure and that is pretty much all we got. But probably nothing prepared us for Sideshow’s interpretation of the character in 12” form. We are so thankful that Sideshow attempted him in the 12” scale then say a Premium Format figure, because we think the 12” line is their best offering [ever] and is really just a large sized action figure (for you vintage collectors out there). We are huge fans of 12” lines and we tend to be of the opinion that bigger is indeed better. And if so many more points of articulation can be added to a 12” (as well as a light year’s worth of better detail), why wouldn’t everyone just want to get the 12” versions of the characters. (We know the answer: price.) But there is really no denying just how awesome Sideshow’s 12” is and where it’s going excites us more than you could possibly imagine. But the 12” line is not for everybody. We still think that figures of this quality and caliber will no doubt intrigue many to start collecting this scale because these figures for the most part are just too good to pass up.
Sideshow decided to take a big risk and not only create a 12” figure of Grand Admiral Thrawn, but also released an impressive command chair to boot (which is the exclusive “accessory” for this figure). We think in general the risk paid off tenfold. We know that there will be criticisms about the figure and chair, but we think it shines gloriously. It not only is a stunning work of art, but it is huge and dwarfs the size of this 12” scale figure. Just look at the photos to see this! The presentation of the piece is absolutely astounding and we really don’t want to take away from it by complaining in any way, but we do want to express that the polystone command chair did not meet our fullest expectations. While designed magnificently and looking completely amazing, it is hollow and way too light for the price tag is “commands”. In other words, if you don’t handle it, you will be thoroughly impressed. Only by picking it up and tinkering with it will you realize that it’s not entirely worth it weight in collectible gold. We think this is a shame because we have witnessed other polystone accessories that have quite some mass to them. The command screen that attaches via a post is truly beautiful as well and the “digital screen” is simply a heavyweight decal that is very bright and vibrant. Don’t worry, it isn’t cheesy, it looks fantastic. And Grand Admiral Thrawn sits in the chair very well. Because he is designed from the Prometheus body type, Thrawn is basically unlimited in mobility and can be posed to sit just like a real person. When fully assembled, you will be astounded by how breathtakingly beautiful this set is.
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