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Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #41)

Name: Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #41
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: September 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.

Senator Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, returns to Coruscant to vote on the critical issue of creating an army of the Republic to assist the overwhelmed Jedi. As her Naboo Cruiser arrives, an explosion tears apart the ship. Fortunately, Padmé, disguised as a Naboo pilot, eludes danger, but her decoy Cordé, disguised as Senator Amidala, was not as lucky.

After a rough first release with Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) ('02 #02), collectors began to worry what future versions of Padmé Amidala they could expect in the Star Wars “Saga” line. But when Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) was released, many of us felt a sense of hope that not all was lost with action figure interpretations of our favorite heroine in the Prequel Trilogy. Still far from perfect, Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) brought a whole bunch more articulation with more appropriately scaled proportions. And just as we had come to expect, Hasbro included large, bulky and fun accessories to make the action figure even more enjoyable. Not screen accurate, the radar dish cannon was an interesting choice of Hasbro’s, but we suppose it’s meant to recreate, as best as possible, the scene where the first attack on Queen Amidala’s life was executed. You can even see signs where the interior of the cannon has caught on fire, almost as if it was the source of the explosion. It’s interesting to say the least. Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) does sadly come with an action feature, but it’s more subtle and better hidden than the one we saw forced into Padmé Amidala (Arena Escape) (‘02 #02). In fact, it’s a true shame that Hasbro did add the action feature because Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) is not at all half bad except for that.

Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) comes with an impressive 12 points of articulation. Granted, most of it is swivel articulation, but she does come with hinge-jointed knees. which give you a little bit more mobility than the more static swivel articulation. Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) can be placed in some action poses and well as stand holding her helmet in hand. (Her left arm has actually been sculpted specifically to accomplish this.) And she can also attain a few other interesting positions that makes her a decent addition for any collection. She has enough flexibility to be placed inside the cockpit of a Naboo starfighter, and he can wield her blaster pistol as need to fend off pending attacks. And with a pretty good likeness to actress Natalie Portman, there isn’t much else you can complain about when it comes to this action figure, except for maybe the annoying action feature. Aside from her blaster pistol and removable helmet, as noted earlier, Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) comes with a radar dish cannon that breaks down to an astonishing eight individual parts. That is a great deal of extra plastic to include in the MSRP of $4.99. It almost takes away the pain of the included action feature. Well, maybe not so much. But perhaps it temporarily distracts you away from the more negative qualities of the action figure.

Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) has been given an excellent paint job. Her facial makeup isn’t over-accentuated and the paint operations have clean lines. The hairline in particular is very neatly applied and her features are very feminine and pretty. The best part of the paint job however is the outfit. The Naboo security pilots where green leather jackets. Hasbro has applied a red colored wash which gives the jacket a true leathery-grained texture. It’s quite something. Let’s also not forget that the sculptors at Hasbro have also added the appropriate folds and creases to help further create the realism of leather as well. While we are indeed happy with the effort put forth into Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack), we must admit that we would love to see Hasbro redo this particular version of Padmé Amidala with super-articulation and without the inclusion of an action feature. Almost all of the pieces are in place here. But the pieces out of place really affect the overall aesthetics on what collectors will deem an acceptable action figure or not. There is no denying that Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) comes with plenty of bells an whistles, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that a full range of premium articulation with a decent portrait and fantastic paint job are the key pieces to make collectors fall head over heels for it. We have a ways to go before we arrive at that point.

Collector Notes

Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack)

Status: Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 12 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders (right arm has action feature), 2 swivel elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees, 2 swivel boots

Accessory Count: 10

Accessory Details: radar dish (8 parts), blaster, removable helmet

Date Stamp: 2001

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84904/84851

UPC: 076930849040

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 11
Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) (’02 #41)
Darth Maul (Sith Training) (’02 #42)

Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack) (’02 #43)
Jango Fett (Slave I Pilot) (’02 #47)

Added: September 16, 2013
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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