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Published: March 3, 2008 at 9:01 AM
This weekend I received my 1/6-scale (12-inch for the scale impaired) Padme Amidalla - Ilum Mission (a.k.a Snow Bunny Padme) figure from Sideshow Collectibles. I strongly considered cancelling my order for this figure when I received the 15 day shipping notice, but I rationalized that it would be one of the last $50-range figures from Sideshow and thought it might be a nice piece. My hunch was right and as you'll see from the pictures I've added to my photo gallery, I'm glad I went through with the order.
The figure is simplistic in detail when compared to some of Sideshow's other offerings, yet it's well done. For those of you unfamiliar with this version of Padme, the outfit is based on an episode of Cartoon Network's The Clone Wars animated series in which Padme travels to the ice planet Ilum with Yoda on a mission to protect the Jedi caverns--the source location of the crystals used to make lightsabers. I would imagine Sideshow had their hands full translating an animated character into a realistic interpretation, but I believe they succeeded.
Using Natalie Portman's Padme Amidala character as a likeness, Sideshow has captured an accurate representation of the actress in this piece, down to the mole on the figures right cheek. The brown eyes have a life-like depth to them though they're set to look off to the side, which can be a nuisance if you're trying to pose the figure to look forward. The figure uses the standard 30-plus point articulated Art S. Buck body, which lends for a good amount of possibility though the arms appear to be a little too long.
Like the figure's resemblence, the costume treatment has also translated well from its animated reference. The fur-trimmed cape, gloves and boots give texture to the white body suit and the material used for the cape lends well to posing. A fair warning, if you decide to pull off the figure's under-hood be prepared to see a bald head. Not a pretty sight. My only gripe about the costume is that the belt is poorly made. Not only does it appear fragile (though it photographs well), but the fact that the holster didn’t come with the customary clasp or magnet to hold the flap down is disappointing. Padme also includes a blaster, grenade and electro-binoculars.
All-in-all, I'm surprisingly pleased with this figure considering I'm not a fan of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. I rate it a 7 out of 10.