THE EMPEROR

Source:
  (Return of the Jedi)


Date Stamp: 1984

Release Date: 1983

Carded Availability:
  Return of the Jedi
  Power of the Force
  Tri-Logo

Assortment No. : 71240

Retail: $2.99

Weapons and Accessories: 

  • Walking Stick


  • Point of Interest: 
      This figure was first offered as a send away offer on the American Return Of The Jedi 65C and the Canadian Return Of The Jedi 65B card backs before becoming available at retail on the Return Of The Jedi 77 back card.

    Comments: Before he was known as Darth Sidious, our boy went by simply The Emperor. What many people don’t realize though, is that this guy, who was once a simple senator known as Palpatine, had his motivations clearly spelled out to the [soon-to-be] Star Wars Generation before any of the films were even released. As a matter of fact, Sci-Fi fans who picked up the Star Wars: From The Adventures Of Luke Skywalker novel ‘written’ by George Lucas in 1976, were privy to the underlining plot of The Phantom Menace months before A New Hope was released. The book had a small prologue called The Journal Of The Whills, which for the most part is all about pug ugly here. Facts are kooky.

    Major Variations: Though all vintage figures have minor variations, The Emperor action figure was produced using at least two different sculpts. Though quite similar, the two versions are nonetheless unique. The first version was moulded in slightly darker plastic and sports soft details on sculpt of the robes, yet has a much sharper detail in the sculpt’s hands. The second version, which has thus far only been found moulded in a slightly lighter gray plastic, has a more finely detailed robe, but the hands lack most of the definition found in the other version. This version can easily be spotted by its smaller date stamp. Neither version has a COO*. There is little indication that one is rarer than the other.

    The Lili Ledy version of this figure was shipped with a black version of Chief Chirpa’s staff instead of its trademark cane.

    *COO is the commonly used term for ‘Country Of Origin’, which refers to the stamp usually spotted on a figure’s leg that states which country it was manufactured in.



    Text & Photography by D. Martin Myatt.


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