The queen returns to Naboo to free the planet from the clutches of the ruthless Trade Federation. Amidala hopes to enlist the aid of the native Gungans to fight the Federation and its large battle droid army.
We really, really wanted to like this figure. We really did. We waited
nearly ten years to get a 3.75" action figure version of Ms. Amidala
in her purple "Return to Naboo" gown and the final result
leaves you wishing for more. (In fact, you will wish for a lot more.)
You may be interested in learning (or being reminded) that we first got this
outfit as part of 2000's EI Portrait Edition 12" figure. It's
amazing how long it took for Hasbro to attack the basic figure version. Well, it's here and it just wasn't worth the wait. Hasbro, always looking to reuse parts whenever possible, created Amidala with an obviously low budget that just didn't work. We regret we
have to give this figure thumbs down since we cannot look the other
way with all of its issues. It actually upsets us that we have to express
how much of a letdown this figure ended up turning out to be. It should
have been more than awesome, but alas, it's not. We will start with
the sculpt of the figure. You may be horrified to learn that underneath
her dress is the bottom half of 2008's TLC Breha Organa but
now the lower calf wrappings have been painted in purple. Because you
already know that one of Breha Organa’s
biggest disappointments was her legs, you can imagine that it does even
less for Amidala. We don't know why it is so hard for Hasbro to design
a Queen Amidala figure with separate legs and bendable knees (or something)
instead of a solid immovable piece of plastic for the lower half of her
frame! Soft-goods, even if they wouldn’t look that great would
have faired better in this situation. And the pre-posed legs don’t
aid in the figure’s balance as its center of gravity is very off.
Our sample keeps falling to its right and even when we can get it to stand up, it leans to the side. This is annoying to say the least.
Another major issue
with this figure is the face. Debate exists that Queen Amidala may have not had the white face paint on during Qui-Gon Jinn's funeral, so it's possible that this figure may be accurate. But in all honesty, the flesh tone looks wrong because she wore the make-up in nearly every scene
in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace while wearing this outfit. (And the funeral scene is debatable still as far as we're concerned.). How Hasbro managed
to neglect this detail is beyond us, but it is unacceptable. We ask again! "How
could this be missed?" Why is a Queen Amidala figure that
is manufactured now suffering with inferior technology and attention to detail lacking in accuracy? Mistakes are
inevitable, but this is a bit more glaring than say including the wrong
lightsaber hilt or something else for example. We hope that a running
change is in the works to fix this from flesh tone to white; it will
do wonders for the figure. (Editor's Note: A running change isn't happening!) Her molded skirt is too hoop-like (there is
no nice drape at all) and with our sample, it is attached to the figure
at a bizarre angle (which probably also facilitates the figure's terrible
balance). As if things couldn't get worse, they actually do. The plastic
elastic band that is used to keep her gun in place in her hand is wrapped
so tightly it deforms her hand beyond recognition! And speaking of her
hands, they are so chubby that they are completely out of scale with
the rest of her arms (and body for that matter). We haven't seen hands
this band since the POTF era (1995-2000). (And the hands on our sample
have yet to return to their original form (whatever that may be). It
is quite unfortunate when packaging affects the quality of a figure.
We don't know why Hasbro just doesn't place accessories like guns and
other things in the trays unattached and separate to the action figure.
Those plastic bands just destroy action figures. Plus, the paint of the
gun sticks to the paint on the hand which end up causing a terrible scratch
that peels away the paint.
This was the first
figure we personally acquired from the opening act (The Phantom Menace wave)
of the red phase Legacy Collection and it is sadly off to a
bad start. Like we said above, we didn't want to dislike this figure.
It is such a terrible shame that it came out so poorly. We plead to Hasbro:
Please make Queen Amidala like any other action figure. Include two separate
swiveling hips with knee or ankle joints, fully articulated arms, swivel
waist and include soft-goods whenever possible. The molded dresses are
not really the ideal way to go and do not work any more in the collector
micro-managed/focused universe. A bulky molded dress isn't authentic
and it is an unacceptable quality standard for such a prominent prequel
character. We can understand Hasbro making shortcuts in Breha, but definitely
not the Queen. The only thing positive about this figure is that we finally
have it and to be honest, that is a sad reason to own something. While
a revisit of this figure has a "slim to none" chance of happening,
we conclusively assume that this will be the best version of it for awhile.
Sigh. This is a truly a sad sentiment. While we saw pre-production images
of this figure for a while now, it surprises us that we are so surprised
that it really disappoints us now. But this isn't our fault. It is obviously
because Hasbro didn't deliver. Please give the Queen the premium attention
she deserves, Hasbro! Using Breha
Organa as a basis for her is just not
right! We hope you will be able to justify adding her to your collection
without the disappointment we felt, but this may be unavoidable. A figure
that we definitely want in our collections, this is certainly not the
right way to show her proper love at all.
Status: Queen Amidala is essentially an all-new figure but utilizes the lower legs of 2008's TLC Breha Organa (BD 27) figure. They've been repainted to match this figure.
Articulation Count: 12 points (8 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1)
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: blaster pistol
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: L8-L9 left arm/flame effect
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 92884/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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