Star Wars: Imperial Royal Guard Sixth Scale Figure Review (Hot Toys)

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It’s been awhile since I’ve featured some Star Wars sixth scale goodness on my site.  I should have had this figure back in September but, you know, things happen.  I had to put it on a payment plan, due to life throwing some curve balls where money was needed elsewhere.  That’s OK because it made the anticipation for this figure grow.

I’ve always loved the simple yet majestic look of the Imperial Royal Guard.  Back when I was a kid and these figures first came out in The Return of the Jedi 3 3/4″ line by Kenner, these guys were known as The Emperor’s Royal Guards.  I’m not sure why there was a name change as I thought they were there to exclusively serve and tag along with Palpatine.  Must be a part of the fandom I’m unaware of.

The figure comes in the standard Hot Toys Star Wars packaging.  The last couple sixth scale Star Wars figures I’ve picked up from Hot Toys has placed the credits on the bottom of the box and put an extra picture of the figure on the back and I think it spruces up the packaging.  With this release, we’re back to the credits on the back.  I wonder if that’s because this is an Original Trilogy figure.  Nonetheless, we still get a cool picture of the figures on the inside flap.  My figure was snug and nothing was damaged during shipping.

The figure is just a hair over 12″.  It features a lot of the articulation that many of the Hot Toys figures have.  The shoulders, elbows, wrists, legs, knees and ankles all have movement.  The shoulders articulation can only go so far due to the outfit, but you really won’t need to pose the figure in any way where you’d need to extend the arms in such a fashion.  There is a bit of movement in the abdominal area , too.

The found that the left leg of the figure to be a bit looser than I’d like.  The more I played around with the figure after I did the video review (embedded at the end of this feature), the looser it got.  The same can be said for the ankles.  I would have preferred them to be a bit stronger.

The cape for the figure is high quality and actually has some weight to it.  I didn’t notice any flaws on mine and I can only imagine the time that goes into making each one of them.  The boots are designed well and are made of soft fabric.  I may sound like a broken record in these sixth scale reviews, but I’m sure what this figure has on its feet is worth more than what I wear on mine. My wife will vouch for that. I’m so fashionable.

The outfit underneath the robe is soft and feels like velvet.  It’s nothing to get hyped about but you have to once again appreciate the work done on something most will never really look at seeing how the robe will always be on the figure.  For some strange reason, if you’d ever want to display your figure without the robe on, here’s how it would look.

Just like the rest of the figure, the helmet is pretty basic.  Iconic and sculpted well but basic.  The highly gloss helmet seems to be spot on what we see in the film.  I wish there was really more to say about it, but what you see is what you get.

This figure is pretty light with the extra hands (and extras in general) compared to other Star Wars figures but that was expected.  There are four extra hands, bringing the total to six.  There are a few hands that can hold the pike accessory and an open hand.

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Why did the song, “Stop! In the Name of Love,” by The Supremes pop into my head as soon as I placed the picture below? I’m sure the guard isn’t full of love and is more in the “back-off or you’ll get your ass handed to you” mode.

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The Force Pike accessory is simple in design and doesn’t have have much to it.  It’s very lightweight but not brittle.

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Some will have their guards in various poses on their shelves or in the cabinets with the Force Pike in hand.  If you want him in a cautious pose or one where he/she is threatening an intruder, you can!  I’m betting that most people will have their guards in the rest position, with the Force Pike resting on the figure’s shoulder.

It should be no surprise that the figure also comes with a stand.  I’ll bet 95% of the people who snagged this figure also ordered The Emperor and if that’s the case, unless they have their Emperor standing on his included stand, they won’t be using this.  I usually use stands but when my Emperor figure comes in, along with the throne, placing this figure on a stand beside the chair will look weird.  I’ll be tucking it away in storage.

DSC_0013One last display option for people for their guards is to hold the Force Pike with both hands.  I could see myself changing up the “at ease” pose to one of these to place beside The Emperor.

The price point for this figure is about $30-35 less than the standard prices, which is welcome but this figure could have been maybe sold for $5-15 less to really make it seems like a good deal.  I’m also quite surprised Hot Toys didn’t offer a two-pack seeing how there would be many people who probably got (or at least want) two of them.  Even if a two-pack wasn’t offered, perhaps Sideshow offering a deal on two or more could have been given.  Now I have to seriously debate if I’m going to spend the dough to get another to put on either side of The Emperor.  It’s hard because I’d love for the shelf I’ll be putting him on to look “right” but the money spent on a second one takes the place of a new figure.  I suppose I could put my ROTJ Vader beside both of them, too.  Decisions, decisions…

Enjoy the video review!

 

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