STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE (KENNER)
So, umm, I’m not gonna lie, today’s review was supposed to be a totally different review. It was supposed to be a review of the Power of the Force Darth Vader with Removable Helmet. I took the photos, I did the background research, I grabbed the text from the back of the box. And then I pulled up my own prior reviews for some reference, at which point I discovered that I actually already reviewed that figure on July 25th of last year. This is really embarrassing, you guys. I don’t know how this happened. I’m…I’m slipping, I guess. Well, on the plus side, my slippage has given me something more interesting to talk about in the intro than whatever I was going to struggle to say about Sheev Palpatine. So that’s a plus. Anyway, here’s Sheev.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Emperor Palpatine was added to Kenner’s Power of the Force II line in 1997. It was generally a Jedi heavy year, so Palpatine’s presence was a fairly sensible one. Palpatine actually wound up getting three of his four PotF figures all in that same year, so it was a good one for him, I suppose. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 4 points of articulation. Like the other PotF Palpatines, while he may *have* the articulation, there’s not much he can actually *do* with it. At least this one’s got a little more to do with his arms, I guess? The sculpt is quite similar to both the electronic and Cinema Scene versions of the character released the same year. I guess there are really only so many ways to sculpt a wrinkly old guy in a robe. They do an alright job of it. There’s honestly not a ton you can do to dress up this design, so he does what needs to, really. Honestly, it’s probably the best of the three, just given its greater versatility. As with the other Palaptines, the paint work here is pretty much confined to the face and hands. It’s thickly applied, which does make it kind of hard to make out some of the sculpted details, but it generally works. At least they got the weird shading around the eyes. That’s right out of the movie. Palpatine was packed with his cane. Sure, it’s not as technically impressive as that whole unlimited power bit, but he does gets some use out of it for walking purposes. Yes, this is certainly a walking man’s Palpatine.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My generally middling opinions about Palpatine aren’t really a secret, so it’s not a shock that I didn’t own this one as a kid. Instead, I actually got it as part of a batch of PotF figures I got from Max a couple of years ago. Of all the Palpatines from the line, it’s the most average. I guess that’s okay. Not terribly exciting, but certainly not bad. He’s good for standing on the shelf with other, more interesting figures. In fact, he does that quite well.