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^ He totally looks like he's wearing braces in that pic. I'm looking forward to some comparison shots with the throne room version - they appear to have different skin tones as well.
 
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I dunno, I don't pay attention to bad fan fiction.
I still haven’t seen the movie either. I’m afraid if I watch it I won’t be able to unsee it.
As for Dark Rey, I’ve only seen a picture. Suffice it say, her grill makes Austin Powers teeth look like perfection.
 
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Same. The sequels left a very bitter taste in my mouth. After TLJ, I sold off any and all traces of my sequel merchandise and refused to watch that last film. I don't own them on BluRay and will never watch any of them, ever again. I cannot believe how badly they've botched it and all l can say is, thank goodness Favreau and Filoni stepped up and took the helm.
 
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Same. The sequels left a very bitter taste in my mouth. After TLJ, I sold off any and all traces of my sequel merchandise and refused to watch that last film. I don't own them on BluRay and will never watch any of them, ever again. I cannot believe how badly they've botched it and all l can say is, thank goodness Favreau and Filoni stepped up and took the helm.
I feel the same way. If Filoni and Fav hadn't picked up Mando, I'm pretty sure that I would have put SW in my past.

I gave TFA pass since it was just a ANH re-hash with a JJAbrams spectacle twist. Was looking forward to see where it would go.

TLJ was a kick in the gut. I felt as if someone who had absolute no idea what SW was, was give full rights to just trash everything. I only watched once and haven't brought myself to see it ever again.

ROS was such a hot mess, I just can't care what they do. I just doesn't matter.


Luckily the Filoni-verse looks to just be getting better and Better. I know he's on Mando, Book of Fett, and Ahsoka. No sure if he's involved in OBI Wan or Andor. So I hope those two take on more of a Filoni/Fav direction than a KK turd.
 
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Agree with you both 100%
Mando was like being able to breathe again. I hope TBOBF Kenobi and Andor can reignite the franchise. Seeing the reverence for the lore (in The Mandalorian) is what lifted my soul out of a very deep abyss. I just hope it continues.
 
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Agree with you both 100%
Mando was like being able to breathe again. I hope TBOBF Kenobi and Andor can reignite the franchise. Seeing the reverence for the lore (in The Mandalorian) is what lifted my soul out of a very deep abyss. I just hope it continues.
The potential problem I can see with this is the fat we're still stuck in the past dealing with 40 year old characters, not that there is anything wrong with that, but I would like a breath of fresh air from that era or anything directly connected to it. This is why I'm more looking forward to Acolyte than most of the other shows, as long as it's centered on an unknown character unconnected to the current media dealing with Sith origins and lore.
 
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Not true at all. Look at Kobra Kai. Those writers had no trouble crafting a fantastic story while keeping things fresh and vibrant. I didn't even care for the Karate Kid back in the 80's but Kobra Kai was excellent. Great story with interesting characters while paying tribute to what came before it, not trashing it's legacy.

The problem is with the people they've hired to create the sequel trilogy. They weren't up to the task and didn't understand the source material well enough, to take it to the next level
 
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Speaking of the ST, I'd love to see this sculpt retooled into both versions of Palpatine if possible, the damaged clone, and his restored body. Now that the OT version is done, they can move on to other trilogies, and I wouldn't mind seeing some PT coverage for Palpatine as well, specifically from ROTS during the declaration of the Empire.
 
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Yes! And while they’re at it, the could potentially re-release the Senate Duel Darth Sidious with the proper colors. But TROS Palpatine and red robes Declaration Palpatine are near the top of my wishlist!
 
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The potential problem I can see with this is the fat we're still stuck in the past dealing with 40 year old characters, not that there is anything wrong with that, but I would like a breath of fresh air from that era or anything directly connected to it. This is why I'm more looking forward to Acolyte than most of the other shows, as long as it's centered on an unknown character unconnected to the current media dealing with Sith origins and lore.
I think about the ST and the Mandalorian and my mind jumps to what would the ST be like if Favreau and/or Filoni had been given the reigns over the ST rather then JJ and RJ. I think the major change to the ST would be the tone. As the tone in the ST we were given was very different then the OT. Sometimes that can work out great, sometimes... it comes off flat.

To me it was more noticeable in TLJ/TRoS. TFA which I actually like, i give a soft pass to since it's basically a play-it-safe rehash of ANH w/a new layer of shine and lens flares and business wise I could see why after the PT many OT fans were dubious to what a new trilogy would be... senate gatherings and politics/political maneuvering or large battles and mythology.

So the ST had no real plan we found out, but even then they had the parts and pieces to craft well made movies. I think when most people (aka normies) sit down to a Star Wars tale, they expect a certain tone to the story and the ST deviated from that to a point to go in a different direction that angered some fans and left others flat. Others loved and for them I hope they continue to like it, I'm in one of the 2 former groups. Most hardcore fans like us like the change in tones from time to time... aka my personal vice is Dr. Aphra but that's me... her comic has been a slog to get through...i dropped it for a while but started again. But the chance to see archaeological sides of the Star Wars galaxy was something I can't say no to.... i just wish they'd use Aphra like that again since that was her original purpose.

But I went off topic. So I as well look forward to the Acolyte as well, i tried to keep up with the High Republic (I kept up with the comics ) but I'm behind with the novels seeing a lot came out. After overlooking the state of the OT/PT/ST i think there's enough star wars for all of us.. normies and hardcore fans to go around. My one gripe/hope is that the stories don't step over each other's established lore like apparently part of a recent novel is.
 
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After cracking this one open, its obvious that the throne room head sculpt is superior, but this one is still solid, and the extreme face isn't as distracting in person as it is in photos. I still think the face lends itself to the final duel in TROS, especially if repainted to look more pale. With some slight retooling / repainting they could have that figure out easily. I'm just happy the OT Emperor has been knocked off the 96 list!
 
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Opened my throne room set so thought I'd throw up some quick comparison pics. One thing I'm noticing is that the robe on the standard release seems to be constructed better, and drapes more naturally without much futzing. The robe on the exclusive version is more bulky, and difficult to get looking half way decent. Still wish a third head sculpt had been made with a completely neutral expression, but I like both of these.

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For those who still have an old POTF2 throne kicking around, the new figures don't fit into it very well. The old throne is just too small and narrow.
 
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Nice comparison pics! It seems like the Throne Emperor is the superior figure.
 
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The drape and cut of the single packed figure is vastly superior to the Throne figure.
 

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That's one of the pains of being (an admittedly picky) carded collector. When it comes to soft goods, more often than not the soft goods will look like a hot mess inside the bubble. It can be difficult to track down a sample where they look tidy and display-worthy. The Emperor is just another example of that issue. Guess which of the two below was my opener? lol Oh well. Such is my mania.

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It really does kinda suck that they went with such an outdated sculpt for the base figure. A double barbell neck, ball jointed torso with a range of motion akin to to more recent figures and rocker ankles would have made this figure achieve great expressive poses. The head sculpt is phenomenal.
 
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That's one of the pains of being (an admittedly picky) carded collector. When it comes to soft goods, more often than not the soft goods will look like a hot mess inside the bubble. It can be difficult to track down a sample where they look tidy and display-worthy. The Emperor is just another example of that issue. Guess which of the two below was my opener? lol Oh well. Such is my mania.

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The soft goods on the left look awfully fussy. I'm guessing that you opened that one and tried to fix it. Did you get both of them from the same source?
 
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The soft goods on the left look awfully fussy. I'm guessing that you opened that one and tried to fix it. Did you get both of them from the same source?

You guessed correctly lol. Yes, both came from Walmart and both came from the same case. It's a good argument (for me) to start waiting for soft goods figures to hit ebay so I can inspect individual samples, instead of placing preorders and hoping for the best.
 

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At risk of once again turning this into another airing of grievances against the ST, I wish the Evolutions sets were a thing again so this figure could've been released alongside a PT and ST version. They've done this version of Palpatine at 3.75" so many times while other iterations remain unattempted. Getting yet another one of this version (or two, really) would've be more palatable alongside a PT and ST version.
 
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I’d buy one, certainly! I’d buy pretty much any Evolutions 3-pack…
 
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I would definitely be down for evolutions packs if they featured Sequel versions of Luke, Leia, Han, Lando, and Palpatine.

Heck, they could even do an evolution of the Jedi pack. Retool TROS Rey with alternate hoods up or down, and throw in the blue and yellow sabers.
 
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At risk of once again turning this into another airing of grievances against the ST, I wish the Evolutions sets were a thing again so this figure could've been released alongside a PT and ST version. They've done this version of Palpatine at 3.75" so many times while other iterations remain unattempted. Getting yet another one of this version (or two, really) would've be more palatable alongside a PT and ST version.
Considering 3-pks like the Aphra w/Droids, ARC Troopers and the Luke I don't see why they couldn't do more with that SKU/packaging style. That said I don't feel those would be the way you'd get "all new figures" unless only one of them were new while the other two were repacks. Especially considering they're $50 which breaks down to $16.66 per figures and is $2.68 higher than a basic figure. So in reality it could be done budgetarily to even to 2 new 1 repack depending on how many they made of course. Them being $50 a set makes me think not as many were made versus how many basic figure would be.

Example: This figure seriously needs an update, thus include that version along with a repacks of TVC 12 Senate Duel Sidious
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The third selection could be the TROS version and then I think we could call it complete for the Emperor/Sidious.
 
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At risk of once again turning this into another airing of grievances against the ST, I wish the Evolutions sets were a thing again so this figure could've been released alongside a PT and ST version. They've done this version of Palpatine at 3.75" so many times while other iterations remain unattempted. Getting yet another one of this version (or two, really) would've be more palatable alongside a PT and ST version.

I agree, but now that we have a great version of his ROTJ outfit in TVC (and an awesome basic version), it opens the doors for both PT and ST to take up a slot in the future, as I don't see his ROTJ look being revisited - maybe repacked, but not another updated figure. It's the good thing about TVC, once Hasbro hits a near definitive sculpt, they can move on (for good), and only repack when needed. I hope the ST gets covered first, we barely have anything for TROS, so that's what I'm hoping to see next, followed by ROTS.
 
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Pulse finally shipped this out today, will be nice to check another off the PO list while it continues to grow. lol
 
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