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Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #02)

Name: Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #02
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: April 2002
License: Hasbro

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Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the heart of the conflict... and the beginning of war.

Now a Senator from Naboo, Padmé Amidala has grown in bravery and wisdom since her term as Queen. Padmé shows her courage and resourcefulness by trying to escape after she is captured on the planet Geonosis and sentenced to death.

Where does an action figure that had so much potential go horribly wrong? That is pretty much the sentiment we feel when it comes to 2002’s Star Wars “Saga” Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape). This action figure has great proportions, a decent likeness and cool accessories, but it’s been devastated by one of the worst action features ever to be included in a basic action figure. We’ll get the those specifics in a moment. Hasbro has decided to walk the fence with the action figures that make up the Star Wars “Saga” line. They want to keep collectors engage, but they have a large population of kids to interest and to do that they need to add gimmicky play features to keep the figures interesting. Collectors feel that this is a bunch of baloney. After all, when they were kids we had simple articulation, but the thought of including action features into the figures wasn’t even a thought. And everyone loves them to day. So why give the beautiful Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) functionality that adulterates an otherwise nice sculpt? Inquiring minds want to know.

So let’s talk about the white elephant in the room. Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) in naturally in a relatively neat pose actually. Although it’s a freeze frame in the film, her right arm is outstretched fending off the various Separatist droids trying to destroy her as well as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Geonosis Arena events. So, if you decide to permanently keep her in this position, you probably won’t mind, but that’s pretty much the only position you’re going to get without any manual intervention by you. If you twist her waist however, the arm that is outstretched lowers down to her body. At that point you can release the waist and her arm snaps up quickly to that original “attack” position. The shoulder with the action feature is hinge-jointed, but all the other points on this figure including her head, left shoulder, waist (save for the action feature spring) and hips are all swivel articulation. An often missed point of articulation on this figure is the swivel right bicep (on the same arm as the action feature).

Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) admittedly comes with some cool accessories. While you cannot place her on top of the arena column due to her widened stance, you can “tether” her to it. Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) comes with a real metal chain with rings on both ends that you can “attach” to her hands. What’s more, the arena column has a hook to attack one end of the chain to so you can recreate, albeit inaccurately the scene where she is leaning against it to face her death in the Geonosis arena. We’re not exactly sure why the column has “battle damage” quite honestly. Perhaps we are forgetting a detail or two in the film, but we don’t recall the columns splitting in two when Padmé Amidala faced the Nexu. Still, it’s pretty neat to get this large of an accessory in a basic figure package. As we have said in the past, sometimes accessories are the reason to purchase an action figure, so you have them when Hasbro updates the figure to collector-friendly status. Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) is clearly very far from being a good action figure. And in actuality she is downright terrible, but we won’t ignore the awesome accessories that you also get for the same $4.99 MSRP.

Collector Notes

Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape)

Status: Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 7 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, swivel left shoulder, hinge-jointed right shoulder (action feature), swivel right bicep, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: blaster, removable holster, metal chain, arena column (2 parts)

Date Stamp: 2001

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84855/84851

UPC: 076930848555

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Added: September 15, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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