Padme Amidala, Hasbro, Attack of the Clones, 2002, 12″ Action Figure.
Ratings: (Scale 0-5)
- Displayability: 3
- Articulation: 3
- Assembly Ease: N/A
- Character Likeness: 3
- Overall Quality: 3
There are many ways that this figure was a major miss from Hasbro, yet at the same time, she’s really not AS BAD as I’d remembered her being.
First off – she’s on the same slender female body that they made for the TPM Playline line of dolls. This means that her hands are not articulated and she can’t hold her giant blaster w/o assistance of rubber bands. This body also has lifted feet so they can wear heels, this means that she can’t stand on her own w/o a metal stand. Nutshell – she’s doll quality, not action figure quality. This fact doesn’t overall bother me.
Padme’s costume is made from a nice heavier nylon and is a two piece – pants and tunic. Her body has been painted white to hide any gaps that might occur in displaying. The outfit reasonably looks screen similar but the large pieces of velcro that run down the entire back of the tunic and top of the pants means that her backside view isn’t clean. Her nicest accessories are her weathered boots & belt. She also has along w/ her blaster a Naboo blaster that only Padme used in the films. Her outfit also comes w/ plastic armbands that clip on but do not fully circle the tops of her arms making it easy to slip down, off, or get lost.
Final judgement comes to her head. Her face actually isn’t THAT bad. Although the plastic used was a bit too pale on the skintone side, they gave her a light brushing of pink blush and gave her eyelashes & Padme’s signature mole/beauty mark. The biggest crime on the doll is her hair. They put doll hair on the crown of her head and then bolted in this odd plastic piece at the base of her skull that’s supposed to look like her twists – but rather than trying to figure out how to glue hair over these strips they just threw them on w/o hair. From a distance, you can’t tell the difference, up close, it looks HORRIBLE. This is a crime because you can walk into any ethnic hair shop and pick up long strands twisted synthetic hair. Hasbro could’ve made a deal w/ one of those types of companies and cut up some strips of those, rooted them into her head and VOILA Padme wouldn’t look like her hairstyle was an after thought.
In the end she’s OK for display, which is sad because with a little more thought she could’ve been a great playline doll.