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Queen Amidala - TVC - Basic (VC84)

Name: Queen Amidala
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC84
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: January 2012
License: Hasbro

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We’re even surprising ourselves that The Vintage Collection’s Queen Amidala figure from The Phantom Menace wave has become one of our most favorite. It’s not like any new ground has been broken here. No, Hasbro approached this version of Queen Amidala the same way they did for the last three to four takes of her. 2008’s TLC The Padmé Amidala Legacy Evolutions figure, 2009’s LC Queen Amidala (BD08) figure and 2011’s Padmé Amidala (Peasant Disguise) are nearly identical in the way they were designed. With multiple ball joints in the upper body and essentially a static statue from the waist down, you would think that a figure with this type of basic sculpting would be anything enthralling. But that is absolutely not the case for this version of Queen Amidala. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Not only does this figure have an alarmingly realistic appearance, it may just have the greatest likeness of Queen Amidala our collections have ever seen. The portrait is stunningly beautiful and captures every detail of Natalie Portman’s face in 3.75” scale. The expression is captivating. Queen Amidala looks somber. She looks concerned. And Queen Amidala looks better than ever in the basic figure line thanks to some careful planning and stringent standards in the hallowed halls of the design team at Hasbro. They obviously wanted to ensure that this figure would get the accolades it deserves. And we have to hand it to them. This is the quintessential Queen Amidala action figure. And we hope that Hasbro remains steadfast and continues bringing quality interpretation of her in this manner going forward. (Oh, and by the way, while we loved the approach of 2009’s LC Queen Amidala (BD08) figure, the figure was total failure for aesthetic reasons. But you’ll have to read that review to find out why.) She appeared only seconds in this costume, but she wore it twice in Episode I; the first time after the Senate hearing and the second time after the Battle of Naboo (where Palpatine let's Anakin know of his "great" interest in him). Despite the short screen time, we're thrilled just the same that Hasbro made her for us!

In order to fully appreciate Queen Amidala, you’ll have to totally accept that she functions more like a figurine than an action figure. Some collectors even hail these types of sculpts “saltshakers” due to their limited articulation. Accepting that this figure is what it is, there is no denying just what an amazing accomplishment it is. Queen Amidala has very limited viable posing options that are believable thanks to the inherent design of her arms. Should you choose to pose her arms in any upwards fashion, you’ll start to see how this is anything but what was intended for this action figure. Her sleeves point downward, so if you pose her arms up towards the sky, they blatantly resist the natural gravitational pull and stubbornly remain pointed to the sky (obviously). Only in the case of soft-goods would the figure benefit from a more natural design. OK, so you know what NOT to do with this figure. If you simply remove the figure from the packaging and place it on the shelf or in a diorama, you will have a spectacular work of art. The dress has a very intense design. It’s mostly black but there are multiple textures worked in to give it a multifaceted look. The pattern on the fabric is ornate and utilizes both gold and silver. They’ve been placed evenly and in a straight line on the sleeves, but to give it a more natural look, Hasbro had the pattern run to one side and it gets cut off by the black portions of her dress. It ultimately looks amazing and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the final results. Queen Amidala doesn’t lean to one side when placed on a flat surface and the plastic used is slightly pliable and has some flexibility, no that this is necessary to aid the figure in any way. It was just an observation.

We’ve already raved about the head sculpt. This is the best head sculpt of Queen Amidala we have ever come across. We are so impressed with it that we are going to do everything is our power to let Hasbro know just how important it is to use the face portion for all future Episode I versions of Queen Amidala. The face sculpt is brilliant. The face is painted white (a detail that was missed on the 2009 LC Queen Amidala (BD08) figure) and the two red cheek dots are equidistant from each other and evenly rounded. Whether you look at this figure head on or at a profile, you will quickly see just what an incredible job Hasbro did on this portrait. It’s obvious we cannot contain our joy for it. We apologize. (No we don’t.) With all the goodness brought forth to this action figure, there must be one of two complaints, right? Well, we would have to say no to that, but if we were going to be very picky, we think we would have advised Hasbro to eliminate the upper body bisection swivel joint. It really isn’t needed since this figure works best just sitting as is in your collection, but should you choose to articulate her at this spot, it breaks the continuity of the figure’s dress and it looks awkward. Hasbro could have easily abandoned this point of articulation altogether and we would have been fine with it. But some collectors like having this flexibility. Also, the swivel “wrists” (actually the sleeve cuffs are articulated) probably could have been eliminated as well. They are quite difficult to grab on to and barely move. Her hands are already in the correct position to hold her blaster pistol, so why bother including points of articulation that won’t likely ever be utilized. It’s obvious we’re enamored with this figure. We hope you will welcome her with open arms in your collection too. She is quite an accomplishment.

Collector Notes

Queen Amidala

Status: Queen Amidala is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 8 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel cuffs, swivel torso

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2011

Assortment Number: 37504/37499

UPC: 653569724018

Retail: $8.99 USD

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Added: January 4, 2012
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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