The Imperial Throne 1:6 Scale Environment captures every detail of the seat from which Emperor Palpatine secretly wields the power of the dark side and deceives the citizens of the Republic. Craft of high-quality polystone with side-to-side swiveling capability, 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. The Imperial Throne 1:6 Scale Environment is a stunning addition to any collection, and the perfect complement to your Star Wars 12-inch Figure collection and Emperor Palpatine 12-inch Figure (available separately).
The 1:6 Scale Figure figure line by Sideshow Collectibles is becoming more aggressive than ever before. And instead of just including awesome 1:6 Scale Figures in the line, Sideshow has branched out to include impressively large accessories to collectors as well. The first 1:6 Scale Figure Environment we ever received was Jabba’s throne in 2007. And that was certainly a mighty display piece and always necessary if you bought the 1:6 Scale Figure Jabba The Hutt himself. Not everything can be that big, but Sideshow has taken some risk to include seating arrangements more recently. The 1:6 Scale Grand Admiral Thrawn (Commander Of The Imperial Fleet) exclusive came with a large command chair as its exclusive piece and fans started immediately clamoring for Emperor Palpatine’s Imperial Throne chair. Sideshow listened thankfully and made a beautiful chair to complement the upcoming 1:6 Scale Figure. Unfortunately, the Imperial Throne shipped separately and much before the release of the 1:6 Scale Figure, so collectors will have an empty chair until Emperor Palpatine sees release. But the good news is that the Imperial Throne has enough merit to warrant sole appreciation alone. It has been designed exquisitely and it just mades us hanker for the Emperor Palpatine (Sith Master) figure even more. Ultimately both were released to rave fanfare.
The Imperial Throne stands (sits?) 10 inches tall, 9.5 inches deep and 7 inches across. Obviously crafter in perfect proportion to a 1:6 Scale Figure, the Imperial Throne is essentially an exact replica to the prop scene in Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi. The Imperial Throne is one piece, unlike Grand Admiral Thrawn’s chair, and spins smoothly at its point of articulation. All the curves and textures are there as they should be and the color from what we can tell is matched nicely to the chair in the film. Not too weighty, the six pound Imperial Throne has some decent mass, but it’s not impossible to balance it in your hands. We would have preferred for the actual chair to not be so hollow, but Sideshow definitely gave it more weight than the Grand Admiral Thrawn command chair. It almost seems as if the Imperial Throne is an extension of the Emperor Palpatine character. It is analogous to Luke Skywalker without a lightsaber or Chewbacca without his crossbow. The Imperial Throne is essential for an Episode VI version of Emperor Palpatine and we are so thrilled that Sideshow decided to make this environment to add more meaning (and coolness) to the Emperor Palpatine (Sith Master) 1:6 Scale Figure! it's amazing to us how adroitly Sideshow's reators are at developing stunning Star Wars collectibles.
One set back is that this chair has been designed specifically for the new Prometheus body. If you own the 2008 Chancellor Palpatine (Chancellor Of The Republic)/Darth Sidious (Sith Lord) 1:6 Scale Figure set, the figures are too tall and their heads hit the top of the chair. This is indeed a setback, but there should be no worries about the upcoming Emperor Palpatine fitting like a glove because that figure is definitely a little smaller in stature. One other point we are disappointed about is a flat space to place Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber hilt. When Emperor Palpatine placed it on his Imperial Throne, there was clearly a flat spot (or groove or something similar) where the lightsaber sat until Luke used the Force to gain it back from him. Every spot is angular and we don’t expect a loose hilt to stay in place anywhere on the armrests. But the point of this release is having the chair of the Emperor of the Galactic Empire. It is beautiful in sculpt and paint job and except for a few details we would have liked to seen improved upon, this Imperial Throne will indeed make the soon-to-be-released Emperor Palpatine 1:6 Scale inch figure complete. Retailing for $139.99 and limited to 2500 pieces, we expect that this won’t be the most difficult piece to track down so you may have some time to pick your up.
Announcement Date: December 10, 2009
Pre-order Date: December 18, 2009
Status: Imperial Throne is an all-new unique 1:6 Scale Figure Environment.
Features Count: 1
Feature Details: swivel chair
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Sideshow Exclusive: N/A
Retail: $139.99 USD
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