Name: Emperor Palpatine On Imperial Throne
Number: Item #3000521
Edition Size: 500 (Exclusive) 1000 (Regular)
Scale: Premium Format Figures
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: November 2011
License: Sideshow Collectibles
Through intricate planning and dazzling adaptability, the Sith Master Darth Sidious rose to the office of Supreme Chancellor, regarded by galactic citizens as an unwavering defender of the Republic in the grim days of the Clone Wars. Their trust and reverence granted him the power necessary to engineer the Clone Wars and manipulate the Jedi with the firm intent to destroy the Order and enslave the galaxy.
As the disguised Sith Master, Palpatine had many willing servants and aides. The greatest and most tragic of these is Anakin Skywalker, the accomplished young Jedi Knight. Luring him to the dark side with promises of power, Palpatine planted seeds of doubt and fostered Anakin's growing resentment of his suppressed status within the Jedi Order. Overwhelmed by fear and a hunger for power, Anakin becomes Darth Vader, the grim enforcer of Palpatine's will. Following his new master's dark orders, Darth Vader razed the Jedi temple, while Palpatine enacted Order 66, killing the many Jedi scattered across the galaxy fighting in the Clone Wars.
Palpatine called for a special session of the Galactic Senate. Despite his growing disfigurement, he appeared before the assembled politicians of the Republic and gave a stirring speech of how he narrowly escaped a treacherous Jedi rebellion. He assured the people of the Republic that his resolve had not faltered and promised to eradicate corruption from the bloated bureaucracy, reform the government to form a new, more powerful, more secure institution. That day, before thunderous applause, Palpatine declared himself Emperor and took his seat on the Imperial Throne.
In our opinion, one of the most impressive Premium Format Figures Sideshow Collectible has ever produced was Doctor Doom on his elaborate throne. It showed collectors (of all types of proprietary licenses) that Sideshow could make a figure on a throne look pretty sweet. And that is exactly what they did with Dr. Doom. While Star Wars fans may not want to have purchased the Doctor Doom Premium Format Figure, it was impossible to deny just how incredible the sculpting and pose looked and how the realism of the piece brought it to life. Anyway, it made Premium Format collectors want the â€śStar Wars versionâ€ť of Doctor Doom for their collections stat. Quite honestly though, the Dr. Doom Premium Format Figure may have been the catalyst for Sideshow Collectibles to develop the Emperor Palpatine On Imperial Throne Premium Format Figure. Confident and proud that they could easily master an evil leader on an ornate throne, Star Wars fans had to wait literally for years before Emperor Palpatine on his throne became a reality in this scale. Thankfully that time has arrived and it has exceeded most peoplesâ€™ expectations. Likely to become the pinnacle of many, many collectorsâ€™ collections, the piece is stunningly incredible and nearly a borderline miracle for what Sideshow Collectibles has managed to capture in this scale. From the sleek design of his throne chair to the obligatory inclusion of Luke Skywalkerâ€™s lightsaber hilt, there is quite a bit to cherish here for years to come. We havenâ€™t come across a Premium Format Figure with so much articulation. And if youâ€™re an exclusive collector, there is even more to celebrate with the inclusion of an extra portrait.
The Premium Format Emperor Palpatine On Imperial Throne will definitely leave you speechless for the first few moments you and it get acquainted. As you inspect it over, youâ€™ll quickly realize that Sideshow has set yet another standard for what the incorporate into they well loved and firmly established scales. Theyâ€™ve taken new routes to ensure fine manufacturing of this at the mass production level and theyâ€™ve spent time to capture the expressions and mannerisms of what was actually seen in the film. The Imperial Throne is a combination of polystone and fiberglass instead of just 100% polystone. As a result, itâ€™s very heavy but feels like itâ€™s a much better quality collectible when compared to others in the line. Unfortunately, the Imperial Throne doesnâ€™t rotate like the Sixth Scale Figure Environment Imperial Throne piece does, but then again the Premium Format scaled Imperial Throne comes with cool electronics that the latter does not. Emperor Palpatine is a marvel himself for this scale. Sideshow Collectibles worked in six points of articulation on him including ball-jointed elbows, ball-jointed wrists, a ball-jointed head and a jointed torso. As you can imagine, every possible needed position of him in his Imperial Throne can be attained. The portrait is removable and in its place exclusive collectives can display him with his alternate grimacing expression. On top of that, the standard and exclusive release comes with interchangeable hands which illustrate definitive moods of Emperor Palpatine. The final results are flabbergasting. Emperor Palpatineâ€™s clothing is expertly tailored and the textures and designs are just gorgeous. While Emperor Palpatine comes in a specific pose so that he can fit in his chair, the drapes of his robbing have been woven to fit him wondrously.
Status: The Emperor Palpatine and Imperial Throne Premium Format figure captures every detail of the disguised Darth Sidious upon his seat of power over the Galactic Senate. Each piece is individually painted and finished, each with its own unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles product. This dynamic Premium Format figure is dressed in real fabric robes and features posability in the shoulders, waist, and neck, plus switch-out hands for a customizable display. In addition, the figure comes with a light saber hilt to represent the scene of Luke Skywalker's capture at the hands of Darth Vader. The polystone and fiberglass Imperial Throne includes electronic light features. The Emperor Palpatine and Imperial Throne Premium Format Figure is the perfect addition to any STAR WARS display.
Announcement: The Emperor Palpatine On Imperial Throne was informally announced on December 28, 2010 during Sideshow Collectibles annual 12 Days Of Sideshow event. It was then officially teased on January 27, 2001 with even more images revealed in the Production Blog on February 1, 2011.
Pre-order Information: The Emperor Palpatine On Imperial Throne went up for pre-order on February 3, 2011.
Articulation: 6 points (ball-jointed neck, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed wrists, ball-jointed torso)
Assembly: 9 parts
Assembly Details: 2 sets of interchangeable hands, portrait, Emperor Palpatine body, removable outer robe (with wired reinforcements), removable soft-goods tunic, removable sash, removable pants, Imperial throne
Sideshow Exclusive: Additional switch-out portrait
Date Stamp: 2011
Retail: $499.99 USD
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