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Senator, Supreme Chancellor and eventually Emperor - Palpatine's rise to power hasn't been glorious, but rather filled with psychotic plans and plots, from a seemingly minor blockade of Naboo all the way to the transformation of the Chosen One from Jedi Knight to Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Palpatine has been one of the central characters around the Star Wars saga. Portrayed fantastically by Ian McDiarmid in all of the films he's in (except for the Empire Strikes Back), his face, especially his withered old Sith Lord face, is now pretty recognisable everywhere.
Hasbro released this action figure of him from back in his Attack of the Clones days. The figure stands 3.75-inch-tall and is a fine representation of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in many ways. His expression is that of cold, calculated patience, as he waits for his next plan to come into action, watching the Senate and the Jedi Order crumble around as he does so. His face has been very well crafted, made to look like Ian McDiarmid's portrayal very well.
He wears his senatorial robes, coloured black and green, like he was at Slytherin house in Hogwarts (surprisingly fitting, actually). He clasps his hands together in a formal gesture of patience and for an action figure, there's nothing "action" about it at all. Like his role in most of the story, the Palpatine isn't there to do any of the fighting. The puppet master, he sits back and watches from the shadows.
This figure is a perfect addition to the Star Wars characters collection, and does a great job of showing pre-transformation Palpatine in all his sedated evil glory.
Definitely one of the creepiest men to have set foot in the Star Wars saga, Emporer Palpatine was portaryed onscreen by actor Ian McDiamid. He made his first appearance in 'The Empire Strikes Back' before securing a larger role in 'Return Of The Jedi' in 1983. When Lucas made his prequels, McDiamid was drafted back in, to play Palpatine before he becgun his transformation into the withered evil man. The younger Palpatine was still suspicious, though had not fully realised his powers at this stage...
Kenner produced an Emporer action figure in the eighties, though it was not a good likeness, looking more like Scrooge in a dressing gown! Many moons later and Hasbro have produced numerous Emporer toys, including this version of Palpatine in his Chancellor stage of life.
The face is very good, with splendid detail on the eyes and hairline. He is very closely modelled on McDiamid, right down to the saggy facial features. Thin lips are accurate and the stoney looking expression is spot on.
His fatigues are quite lovely, with a gloriously moulded robe, boasting intricate colour work all over. The sheer level of detail on the robes suggests a lot of time and effort has gone into this toy. Wonderful pleating underneath the outer robes is great too. Palpatine comes with his hands moulded quite close together, so this restricts him a bit in the arm area, though he probably is not the kind of figure you would have an action scene with anyway.
The regal look of the toy is tremendous and he is a real eyecatcher. You can twist his head to he can observe his enemies. Palpatine will set you back around six pounds to buy as new and is very desirable as this is the first time he has been made in his younger guise. Superb.