|Back to the closet
When last we left our heros...oops, wrong
In my last entry, I mentioned the Battle for Naboo portrait collection set, and how I
was interested in getting one. However I also mentioned that I wasn't about to pay
full price, or even eBay prices to get one. However, I had hoped that perhaps these dolls
might show up in a bargain bin of KB.
So, I was pleased when the folks at rebelscum (www.rebelscum.com) reported that this
collection was showing up in "Factory 2-U" stores for the bargain price of $20.
Totally cool, and worth driving across town for.
So here we have the Battle for Naboo set, Queen Amidala in one of the handmaiden's
battle outfit, and Qui-Gon Jinn to assist her. And since I actually own an
"Action Collection" Qui-Gon, I'm comparing the "less expensive"
version with the portrait collection version.
Basically, I'm very happy with these dolls, particularly for the price. If can
find them for under $30, I would say they are worth it. The boxes at these outlet
stores are likely to be kind of beat up, though, not that that was an issue for me.
Here we have the dolls,
still in their box. You can see that they are posed very well, in an action style
pose. And as crowded as that box is, they do try and make it an interesting display
box. And you can see that the back of the box has a large open window so you can see the
back of these costumes.
This other picture shows the price I paid for this box and its contents.
One thing that struck me as I was opening this box, is that there must be
someone who actually puts these dolls into their box. There can't be machines that
do this, some person with small agile hands must put those twist ties in place and tie the
dolls hands and feet to the liner of the box.
Must be a strange job.
||Here is our dynamic duo free to fight outside of
They are clearly very nicely done dolls, and the costumes, while sewn in places
that I could not have sewn them, are very nicely done. They had done these costumes
so that they would look good in the box, and so were gathered in some rather strange ways.
One thing I would have done different is to hide the big snaps that fasten
Amidala's coat. They show very obviously, even in the box.
One really nice thing were the cool stands that came with these dolls. The one
for Qui-Gon has a tan wire and the one for Amidala has a maroon wire to match her costume.
I had to cut the clear rubber band that held Amidala's weapon to her hand to remove it.
Here is Amidala in a portrait shot. This
is a beautiful face, with beautifu hazel eyes, and just a touch of make-up. Her hair is
tight against her forehead.
This shot shows the back of her head,
with the elaborate hairstyle. They did this using large plastic crescents that they
wrapped in hair, then fastened to the back of her head.
Here is Amidala without her coat on, showing the bright pink top and long
sleeves. Her pants are made of the same material as the coat and the inside of the
coat is the same as the her top.
There is a belt attached to the top of the pants with the elaborate buckle
placed at the front. Both the top and the pants fasten with velcro at the back.
She has a holster that the gun sort of fits into, although it isn't a real
Her boots are black plastic, but they almost look like leather.
The doll has very little articulation, very much like the other portrait
dolls. Her knees bend a little, but that is pretty much it.
Below we have the Qui-Gon
Jinn without his robe. The costume is detailed, and very well constructed, with
In this picture we have him
next to the Action Collection Qui-Gon, who has borrowed Amidala's stand. The first thing
to notice is that the Qui-Gon from the portrait collection is a lot taller. The
costume of the Action collection is also not as detailed.
Here is the Portrait
Qui-Gon. Notice how detailed his face is, and how the beard has individual sections.
Both of these faces
resemble the actor who played Qui-Gon, although the portrait version is much more
Here is the back of the
hair of both dolls. The portrait version has longer hair, and is tied in a more
elaborate fashion rather than the other doll.
Even the robes and light
sabers are different. The longer robe is made of a cotton weave material, the other
is more of a felt. The saber blade of the portrait doll is longer. Neither
saber blade seems to be detachable.