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The Vintage Collection

Senate Guard - TVC - Basic (VC36)

Name: Senate Guard
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC36
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: February 2011*
License: Hasbro

* Wave 4 of The Vintage Collection was available through online retailers in January 2011

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You may be tired hearing us constantly utter this, but it’s quite amazing how far technology has brought the Star Wars action figure line. It wasn’t until recently that Hasbro started getting extra creative when it came to the use of soft-goods. Up until about the end of 2008, an action figure that was graced with soft-goods, except for a few rare exceptions, would get a glistening, shimmery and shiny synthetic cape or skirt that looked unnatural and fake. And it actually worked against the aesthetics of the action figure. (For those of you that need a refresher course, the shinier the material, the cheaper the fabric is.) As you can imagine, Hasbro was penny wise and pound foolish during this time and action figures suffered terribly while they saved a few dollars on tooling costs using these inferior material to make their soft-goods. All that seems to have changed now. Beginning in 2009, Hasbro wowed us all with strikingly gorgeous soft-goods. 2009’s TLC Owen Lars (BD 46) comes readily to mind. His cloak was spectacular and proved to us just what Hasbro was capable of bringing collectors. And they have been on a great streak for the most part since. Hasbro took soft-goods a step further in The Vintage Collection and with the release of the amazing Senate Guard have given collectors a whole new appreciation for what can be executed in the basic figure line. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

Senate Guard has the feel of an all-new figure, but he is actually a kit-bash figure that uses the body, hands and legs (that is most of) the 2005 ROTS Royal Guard (Senate Security) (III 23) figure. For The Vintage Collection release, Hasbro has added all-new arms and a head/helmet combination which happen to be two separate pieces that are glued together. (Take care to find a figure where his brow line is perfectly parallel to the brim of the helmet. We have found samples where the meeting of these two parts were crooked and it looks awkward. He has 12 points of articulation (with upgraded ball-jointed elbows thank goodness) which are perfect for a figure of this caliber. And we’ll encourage you to undress him once you get him because he looks pretty phenomenal without wearing his dual layered robes. Oh, and those soft-goods? The all-new soft-goods are something to really get worked up about because they are absolutely gorgeous. For the first time ever, Hasbro has crafted (or found a material somewhere) that mimics the rich and luxurious texture of suede. We have never come across a more heavy and dense soft-goods fabric like this before in the basic figure line. In the past, Hasbro has used some sort of “plush” fabric that honestly never worked too well. (It was almost like the fabrics used in the vintage Kenner line.) What’s more, the “suede” soft-goods have been lined on the underside with a silky material which in our opinion confirms the royalty these guards truly did possess as it was manifested in their outfits. In short, the clothing on the Senate Guard is just incredible.

If that doesn’t satisfy you, there is a second light blue layer of robes that lays close to the Senate Guard’s body. It works amazingly well together with the outer dark blue “suede” robes and creates a truly deluxe version of this Star Wars character at a very fair price. When collectors are getting a premium figure like the Senate Guard, it totally balances out the smaller entries into the line like Wicket (VC27) or Yoda (VC20). The outer robes may be a little long in spots, but it is still beautiful. The Senate Guard is perfectly accessorized and includes the hip blaster that the original 2005 figure came with as well as the blaster rifle. (We couldn’t find our 2005 figure to make direct comparisons, but it looks to be the same gun.) The best accessory is the force pike. It’s made from a dense plastic and it looks like it will hold its shape over time thankfully. And while you can’t really pose it upright in his arm like the red Royal Guards hold them, it still is a welcomed accessory (and perhaps the most important one of the included three. If you take the time to appreciate the sculpt and paint job of the actual figure that is hidden by the soft-goods, we bet you'll be pleasantly surprised. Interestingly, the body of the Senate Guard is painted to more closely resemble the figure in the 2010 TCW Senate Commando Captain/Senate Commando TARGET exclusive two-pack then the way the original 2005 figure was painted. We find that particularly interesting. (See, The Clone Wars is having its influence everywhere now!) The Senate Guard will indeed be the army builder of this set. He’s totally a worthy upgrade and one of our favorites from the wave. In our assessment, he is completely a must-have.

Collector Notes

Senate Guard

Status: Senate Guard is a kit-bashed figure utilizing the body, gloves, and legs of 2005's ROTS Royal Guard (III 23), but this time comes with new arms, a new head, and new soft-goods accessories.

Articulation Count: 12 points

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

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: inner soft-goods robe, outer soft-goods robe, force pike, blaster rifle, blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2004

Assortment Number: 24995/97568

UPC: 653569546030

Retail: $8.99 USD

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Senate Guard

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Added: February 20, 2011
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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