Jedi Master Yoda discovers that Senator Palpatine is the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, leading to an explosive duel in the Senate Chamber on Coruscant. Their intense battle tears apart the chamber in the final hours of the once-great Republic.
Here we are to wreck your day! What in the world is happening to the Star Wars toy line? Paint operations are for the birds now. Hasbro’s cost-cutting measures are beginning to backfire big time. Action figures, no matter super-articulated or simply articulated, have some of the worst paint jobs we have ever seen in the history of the line. Even the modern line’s earliest efforts in The Power Of The Force “2” are works of art by comparison. You’ve heard it before from us. Hasbro is being penny wise and pound foolish, and as droves of collectors who are frustrated beyond belief dump the hobby like a hot potato, even the contrarians who were once on board are beginning to see the devastating effects of this new horrid approach. It’s no secret that we’re not fans of the revamped Saga Legends and new Mission Series lines. Five points of articulation (more or less) just isn’t for us. But even if we look at this line objectively, and we do, we still don’t think it’s cutting the mustard. We’ll give it to Hasbro that some of the sculpts in these lines are rather good. We understand the connection to the original Kenner era. But all that is cast aside once you look at the paint operations. All we ask of Hasbro is “please don’t pee on our leg and tell us it’s raining.” Get the deco up to snuff please, or just give these lines a rest please.
The Darth Sidious And Yoda (Senate Duel) (MS10) Mission Series set, may have had the greatest potential of all the Mission Series sets to date, but fails miserably thanks to dreadful paint operations. There is a strong connection to the original 1984 Kenner The Emperor figure. His “robe legs” are the key factors that bring you back to 1984. While silly, Hasbro even took the time to tool “real legs” inside of the robes. That will either do one of two things: Wow some of the collectors or it will frustrate collectors. For example, this figure has no real legs, just pretend ones. Either way, most of you won’t be able to get past the face sculpt and deco either. When was Darth Sidious a Klingon? The face sculpt (which our friends at Yakface.com alerted the community about first) is a separate piece (permanently glued in place). So it seems in our opinion that Hasbro could have sculpted a pretty amazing likeness of Darth Sidious, but they didn’t. This Darth Sidious looks like he wants to be your friend and certainly not possessing a demeanor of trying to kill Yoda. His forehead has that strong Klingon resemblance, and the rest of his face is much too pale. And then his hands are so white that they resemble a ghost. The only saving grace is his outfit, which honestly doesn’t look half that bad.
As Hasbro continues to cut corners, collectors will be disappointed to know that this Mission Series set also contains a repack. That means that every wave 3 Mission Series set has a repackaged figure (slightly repainted or not). In the case of Yoda, he is pretty much a straight repack, but we have noticed slight variations in his robes and skin color from the 2013 SW [DV/ROTS] Yoda (SL07) figure released a year before this set. Interestingly, Yoda is one of the nicest figures in this newly envisioned format. And we hope you’re sitting down; we’re amazed that he comes with ball-jointed shoulders. This is still a surprise in a line that forgoes every type of premium articulation point possible. When displayed together, Darth Sidious And Yoda (Senate Duel) look curiously good battling each other. They each come with their respective lightsabers, but you’re severely limited with how you’re able to pose these figures. Collectors of this line will be happy to know that Darth Sidious comes with extra articulation: two swivel wrists. We’re happy about this upgrade, and it does more for the action figure than we think Hasbro realizes. We hope they continue this trend with future figures if these lines continue. Again, the Mission Series line isn’t for us, but if Hasbro can improve deco, they have decent sculpts that could be made to look great.
Darth Sidious And Yoda (Senate Duel)
Assortment Number: A6523/A5228
Retail: $9.99 USD
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Status: Darth Sidious is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 7 points
Articulation Details: swivel neck (inhibited movement), 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel wrists, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2014
Status: Yoda is a slight repaint of 2013's SW [DV/ROTS] Yoda (SL07) figure.
Articulation Count: 5 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: lightsaber (*the cloak is a separately sculpted piece, but will not come off without risking damage to the action figure)
Date Stamp: 2013