Name: Padmé Amidala (Naboo Senator: Ilum)
Collection: Heroes Of The Rebellion
Number: Item #2140
Edition Size: 3500 (Exclusive)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: Clone Wars (Volume 1: Chapter 16)
Availability: February 2008
License: Sideshow Collectibles
Padmé Amidala in her Ilum “snow bunny” outfit must have had the same viral effect on collectors as the Shadow Stormtrooper. We wanted every collectible form of her made in this outfit until we were sick of it, and unfortunately for Sideshow Collectibles, that intensity started to cool right about the time the 12” version of her got released. For reasons unknown, Padmé Amidala (Naboo Senator: Ilum) by Sideshow Collectibles should have been a slam-dunk/knock-it-out-of-the-park hit with all collectors. But she didn’t sell out like so many other collectibles, despite being a Sideshow exclusive and limited to only 3500 pieces. What’s more, she was the winner of Sideshow Collectibles’ first online fans’ choice poll which should have ushered her in as one of the most popular 12” figures of all time. Interestingly, there was a lot more fire for her to be made as she won the most votes in the end to become the winner. Things just started to cool the closer she got to becoming released. But there were also criticisms about her portrait and the way the final version of her outfit came out. Still, it was something incredible to get a 12” figure that was inspired from the wonderful Tartakovsky Clone Wars. And not only did we just get Padmé, but we also got two other figures from his flawless vision as well in the 12” line. We honestly think Padmé Amidala is an awesome 12” figure save for one small (or big, depending upon your own point of view) problem.
Let’s talk about the white (no pun intended) elephant in the room first. Padmé has one funky (and wandering left eye). We honestly don’t know how this one escaped both Sideshow’s and Lucasfilm’s demanding standards. But it appears as if Padmé Amidala looks like she is either about to snap or she is a deer in headlights and doesn’t know what to do next. This is a crying shame for a figure that sat in development for such a long time. There was ample time to get this just perfect, so we are slightly disappointed with the final production figure (in this aspect only). And we are probably making a bigger deal of this than we should. But the prototype didn’t have this sideways stare and we feel that neither should the production pieces. Also, when Padmé was first showed off to collectors, she was outfitted in a patent leather outfit. You could say that it was a white version of the Catwoman’s suit. That was abandoned for cloth body glove which fits nicely on her sleek form, but didn’t have the same level of sexiness. The hood and shawl are cast in a very plush material making this outfit very believable that it kept her warm in the harsh Ilum elements. And the strings that hold it close to her head end with two large pom-poms hanging below. It just looks incredible. These reasons alone are enough to warrant this figure’s purchase.
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