One of the reasons I’m such a fan of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones is that amazing action packed final act. And we got to see Padme really take a central role in a huge battle. This was the film where we saw where Leia got her fighting spirit.
While my wallet screamed bloody murder, I couldn’t resist tracking down the SH Figuarts Padme Amidala figure. The arena battle scene wouldn’t be complete with her and this is arguably her most iconic look from the prequels. Hopefully I won’t have a case of buyer’s remorse.
Packaging: Bandai went even more basic with Padme’s packaging. There’s no window to see the figure, which doesn’t matter as much I suppose since you’re not gonna find her on store shelves to choose the cleanest figure.
The packaging features one standard portrait of the figure and another, more artistic one that looks pretty cool. The back shows the potential of an arena display with battle droids and Anakin as well as the alternate faces. A lot of the package is Japanese text, which isn’t all that helpful for me. The interior tray nicely presents the figure and her accessories.
Likeness: Ok, here’s where the money is going. The likeness to Natalie Portman is amazing. All of the detail work of this outfit is faithfully captured right down to the perfectly torn shirt and sleeve. It’s odd that I never realized her right arm band stayed on despite the sleeve getting ripped. For some reason, the boots really stood out to me and the paneling below the collar as they really showcased the great sculpting.
Scale: Like Leia, Padme isn’t tall and is much smaller than other figures. You don’t want Padme looking down at Obi-Wan, right?
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Paint: There’s not a lot of big paint demands considering the mostly all white outfit, but Figuarts nailed the detail work like the shiny silver arm bands and the tan belt and boots. But it’s the head sculpt that really stands out.
Sometimes shoddy paint work can kill a great likeness. This is the opposite as it enhances an already great head sculpt. Portman’s moles and slight variances in her hair are covered masterfully. The secondary portrait has a tiny issue with the lipstick coming below the lip, but it’s very minor.
Articulation: Figuarts figures offer a lot more posing options than most Star Wars Black figures, making it worth paying extra. Padme wasn’t a Jedi, but she was agile enough in fights and this figure allows you to hit most of her poses.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double jointed)
Accessories: Padme comes with two open hands and a set of blaster holding hands. Her blaster is the standard issue Droid weapon, which she grabbed on the battlefield. And there’s the already mentioned alternate head sculpt.
Worth it? For some reason, Figuarts/Bandai extremely limited the production numbers of prequel figures post Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu. That meant if you missed the pre-order window you were going to pay big time. Padme has held pretty tightly in the $140 mark. I got her just under $100. That’s not ideal, but a case of missing out and paying for it.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Padme is definitely going to be in the competition for six inch female figure of the year. If cash isn’t an obstacle, I highly recommend grabbing her.