Name: Padmé Amidala
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 067
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: January 2007
Padmé is taken prisoner along with Anakin Skywalker when the pair go to Geonosis to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi. All three are sentenced to death but are saved when Jedi forces arrive. Padmé fights courageously in the ensuing battle, proving she is as fine a warrior as she is a politician.
Padmé Amidala loosely based on her appearance in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones is one of the more controversial figures in The Saga Collection. We understand why many collectors determined that this figure is technically incorrect. But if you watch the film, you’ll see that it is the events that transpire in a matter of less than a second that make this figure inaccurate. Right after Padmé makes her way up the pillar in the Geonosis Arena, the Nexu is right on her tail to attack her. In one frame, Padmé is fully garbed without any tearing in her costume and then instantly with one swipe of the Nexu’s claw, it tears her right sleeve off and scratches her back. So the battle-damaged look of Padmé is not accurate with two full sleeves, making the 2002 SW Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) ('02 #02) figure the correct version. (Too bad the 2002 figure’s wounds aren’t bloody like this one.) Some have also argued that Padmé didn’t carry the droid blaster at this point either. That’s debatable. If the figure is incorrect by the outfit alone, does any other discrepancy matter at this point?
Padmé Amidala literally doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Hasbro obviously attempted to make Padmé look new and fresh, but their efforts fall short. This figure is kit-bashed by using the head from 2002’s SW [S - P1] Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) ('02 #02) and the rest of 2003’s SW [S - P2] Padmé Amidala (Droid Factory Chase) ('03 #04) figure. Unfortunately, the reuse of the 2002 head hasn’t worked as well as Hasbro may have thought. Perhaps some shrinking occurred during the process of making her, but for some reason the head looks extra elongated and narrow to distorted proportions. The open-mouthed version of her (from the 2003 figure) would have worked much better here. Padmé Amidala can best be described as awkward. She has a bizarre stance and her included articulation is not overly helpful for posing. But we understand why Hasbro felt compelled to get another Episode II version of Padmé out to collectors. Attack Of The Clones didn’t get that much representation in The Saga Collection and Hasbro really need to get out a few main characters because the wave they did release (wave 3) had a lot of background characters in it.
Articulation Count: 12 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel biceps, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees, 2 swivel boots
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: droid blaster
Date Stamp: 2003
Assortment Number: 87347/85770
Retail: $6.99 USD
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