Name: Emperor Palpatine
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 043
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: July 2006
Battle Of Endor
Looking Forward: To destroying the Rebellion
Welcomes: Young Skywalker
Encourages Luke: To give in to his hatred
A powerful and diabolical Dark Lord of the Sith, Emperor Palpatine very nearly succeeded in turning young Skywalker to the dark side of the Force. It was his focus on Luke, however, that caused him to miss the doubt growing within his original apprentice, Darth Vader. So confident was he of victory that he engineered his own destruction at Vader's hand.
There is usually always one action figure in a new wave that doesn’t hold up to the quality of the rest. And in the instance of the Battle Of Endor wave, well, Emperor Palpatine wins that award hands down. He isn’t a straight repack as you might suspect. No, Hasbro slightly altered some of the paint applications in his face and retooled his right hand to include a hole so the included cane can plug into it. (The cane obviously has been retooled also.) So there are some changes from the 2003 SW The Emperor (Throne Room) ('03 #30) figure. Obviously, this isn’t enough change to warrant another purchase by most collectors, but we do find it quite interesting that Hasbro made these updates to a figure that is seemingly already outdated. And it’s a figure that not too many people even liked from the start. His hood swallows up the head because it is extraordinarily too large and the limited articulation and extremely bizarre aesthetics makes this action figure nearly an embarrassment to all others. Hasbro must not release early sculpts of figures especially when superior molds exist.
Poor, poor Emperor Palpatine. It’s a shame that his sculpt is almost too comical to take his evil Sith ways seriously. Not even the inclusion of ball-joints in the shoulders can improve the aesthetics of your sculpt. And it’s a terrible shame that Hasbro has decided to use this version instead of the significantly better 2005 ROTS Evolutions mold released right before this figure. All that needed to be done was to include and Episode VI specific head sculpt onto the Evolutions mold and we would have a pretty fine specimen of Emperor Palpatine as an action figure. We sometimes wonder what Hasbro is thinking when they do things like this. The time and energy spent retooling the hand could have been better saved for slightly tooling even the head of this figure to fit on the Evolutions body. Why would Hasbro opt for a solid plastic sculpture in favor of super articulation? We have to wonder this at least. But it is disappointing at this stage of the basic figure line that this is still happening.
Status: Emperor Palpatine is a slight retool and slight repaint of 2003's SW The Emperor (Throne Room) ('03 #30) figure.
Articulation Count: 5 points
Articulation Details: 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: cane, 2 Force lightning effects
Date Stamp: 2003
Assortment Number: 86970/85770
Retail: $6.99 USD
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