Name: The Padmé Amidala Legacy
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Source: The Phantom Menace/Attack Of The Clones/Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: July 2008
Padmé devoted her life to the people of Naboo and became a key figure in the dramatic events that changed the galaxy. Her courage and compassion deeply affected those around her, and was the pivotal legacy she gave to her children, Luke and Leia. While Queen of Naboo, Padmé stood up against the Trade Federation’s siege of her planet. As a Senator, Padmé fought to keep the Republic from falling into war. Her last act was to give birth to the twins who would fulfill her legacy by restoring peace to the galaxy.
Fans clamor for new Padmé Amidala figures all the time. And the noise usually doesn’t stop until they are seen on the shelves and available for purchase, but ironically, when all is said and done, they end up being peg-warmers (most of the time) unfortunately. Despite Padmé’s history with consumers, Hasbro decided to risk it again and release an Evolutions set completely devoted to her. While this filled many fans with glee (including ourselves), it ended up being one of the worst selling Evolutions sets of all. We see an unsettling pattern here that really concerns us because there are so many more outfits of Padmé Amidala that Hasbro needs to release to us into action figure form. And since her track record at retail is not ideal, we worry that Hasbro will release fewer and fewer each year. We don’t quite understand it ourselves, because we see fans really take in what Hasbro gives us for our Padmé Amidala figures, but she must not strike a chord with the rest of the buying public. All we can say is that there is collector support, so perhaps less volume of her action figures should be released to retail. We just don’t want to see them go away. Attack Of The Clones seems to be the source where Hasbro really needs to get down and dirty. Some of the coolest outfits are in that film and they have yet to be made as action figures. But there is no denying that The Padmé Amidala Legacy is a very cool set of figures that represents her evolution from Episode I to Episode III. The figures are beautifully colored and despite some issue with one of the figures, we believe Hasbro has scored high marks for their efforts. The sculpts are faithful and the designs look pretty great. Since only half of the Evolutions sets in the blue phase of The Legacy Collection are brand new, it makes ones like The Padmé Amidala Legacy extra special in our books. And we love our queen, don’t we? The Padmé Amidala Legacy Evolutions set has two real gems in it and then a third figure that both surprises us and disappoints us at the same rate. First and foremost, the Padmé Amidala (Senator of Naboo) from Attack Of The Clones figure is probably the best Padmé figure to date.
Both super-articulated and beautifully sculpted, this figure based on Episode II as well as some deleted scenes includes the head covering that never made it to the final cut of the film. But these extras are what makes sub-lines like Evolutions such a premium collector line. The portrait likeness is great and the figure can now replace all previous versions as the definitive one. The figure is lean and her outfit is very white. She comes with a functioning holster and her Naboo pistol fits inside it quite well. Her soft-goods cowl is fabricated very nicely and the fit is very closely and doesn’t look bulky. Hasbro did a fine job with this figure and it is definitely the reason to pick up this multipack. The next best figure would be Padmé Amidala (Queen Amidala) based on her appearance in The Phantom Menace. While the figure is certainly limited with articulation, Hasbro brought this incarnation of the character to exacting standards and we think it may just be the best Episode I Queen Amidala figure we have received in a very, very long time. While we remember this outfit being “whiter” in the film, the action figure still looks awesome and the different parts work together to make a very impressive likeness. The dress is cast in a medium gray and has a very neat paisley-like (bordering on Pennsylvania Dutch art inspiration) design that works as a contrast pattern to the barely noticeable solid checkerboard pattern detail on her cummerbund. While the figure can’t possibly mimic the detail of what could be done on a figure of larger scale, we are thoroughly impressed with Hasbro’s approach. Would we have loved to see soft-goods, of course, but the figure works well as is. Of note, her hands are lean (something that is harder to achieve for female figures) and overall the figure succeeds for us. Probably the [slight] disappointment in the set is the Padmé Amidala (Mother Of Heroes) figure that can be based on two separate appearances of her in Revenge Of The Sith, depending upon how you display her. It was nice however for Hasbro to give us the interchangeable gown that allows us to kill two birds with one stone.
Assortment Number: 87601/87874
Retail: $19.99 USD
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Status: Padmé Amidala (Queen Amidala) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 12 points (8 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left forearm (1), swivel right forearm (1), swivel waist (1)
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2008
Status: Padmé Amidala (Senator Of Naboo) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 23 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: blaster, removable hood, soft-goods shawl
Date Stamp: 2008
Status: Padmé Amidala (Mother Of Heroes) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 11 points (7 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left forearm (1), swivel right forearm (1)
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: soft-goods birthing gown
Date Stamp: 2008
The Legacy Collection Evolutions
The Fett Legacy (See TAC The Fett Legacy)
The Jedi Legacy (See TAC The Jedi Legacy)
The Sith Legacy (See TAC The Sith Legacy)
Vader's Secret Apprentice (See TAC Vader's Secret Apprentice)
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