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Star Wars: Palpatine & Royal Guard Get Lifelike Sideshow Figures

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Hot Toys reveals a batch of new, hyper-realistic Star Wars figures of Emperor Palpatine and his Royal Guards. The iconic villain, played masterfully by Ian McDiarmid throughout the original and prequel trilogies, is being immortalized by Hot Toys and is ready to join fans' collection of figures from the galaxy far, far away.

The evil, scheming, and powerful villain, Darth Sidious, restored the Sith and virtually wiped out the Jedi under the guise of Palpatine, a senator from Naboo, with his claws deep in the political system of the Galactic Republic. While manipulating everyone around him, Palpatine was named Supreme Chancellor, and he eventually took over the galaxy as the Emperor, using fear and tyranny. Palpatine was able to turn powerful Jedi Anakin Skywalker to the dark side, creating his apprentice and iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader. As if that wasn't enough, he's also responsible for training Sith Lords Darth Maul and Count Dooku, who were both powerful adversaries of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, respectively.

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Hot Toys has now a revealed new figures to honor the Sith Lord and his Royal Guard (below). The Deluxe Version of the sixth scale collectible figure of Emperor Palpatine is a highly-accurate depiction of his appearance in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Take a look:

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The figure features a newly developed head sculpt with a remarkable likeness, specialized body, and finely sculpted hands, which comes with six interchangeable pieces, the Emperor’s cane, and a pair of Force Lightning effect parts. Other accessories include a black hooded robe, a dark grey tunic, black pants, brown boots, Luke Skywalker's lightsaber hilt, an Imperial throne with LED light-up function, as well as a specially designed figure stand with Emperor Palpatine’s nameplate and the Star Wars logo. The figure is expected to ship January 2019 to March 2019.

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The above figures will make an excellent edition to any Star Wars fan's collection for $314 (or a payment plan of $56.50 per month). Fans can also purchase the regular version of the figure for $220 (or $49.50 per month). The figure comes with everything but the LED light-up Imperial throne.

Of course, every Emperor isn't complete without their Royal Guard. Along with the new Palpatine figure, Hot Toys also revealed a striking, crimson sixth scale Royal Guard Figure for $205 (or $61.50 per month). The collectible figure is specially crafted based on the appearance of Royal Guard in Return of the Jedi and features a finely sculpted Royal Guard helmet, an expertly tailored robe, and outfit, as well as a Force pike and figure stand. The figure is expected to ship January 2019 to March 2019.

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Source: Hot Toys

Key Release Dates
  • Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
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