Emperor Palpatine (Yellow face)
Emperor Sheev Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious, Senator Palpatine, and Chancellor Palpatine, is a minifigure based on the Star Wars character of the same name. Palpatine was a Dark Lord of the Sith who took over the Republic and then turned it into the Galactic Empire. His minifigure has been released in many different alternations and he has appeared in all four video games.
The Palpatine minifigure has been released in six different variations- Four aiming to replicate his Emperor/Darth Sidious person and the other two to showcase him as Supreme Chancellor during the Clone Wars. His original videogame appearance as Chancellor Palpatine during the events of Episode III is vastly different from the physical variant, as it depicts him wearing the dark grey robes he wears during his kidnapping, and has a flesh-toned variant of his original Emperor face.
Darth Sidious's first variant
Palpatine's first variation was seen in the set 7200 Final Duel I which came out in 2002 (along with 3340 Star Wars released in 2000.). The minifigure variation was based on Palpatine's appearance in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. In this variation, Palpatine was designed with a yellow-fleshed face due to the fact that there was no actual coloured skin at the time. It depicted him as a wrinkled old man. His face had black and yellow eyes, red wrinkles under his eyes and around his mouth. His leg piece and arm pieces were completely black. His body piece showed his black Sith robe. Basically a loose robe, with a black cloth tied around on the bottom. His hands were yellow. This variation came with a black cane, a black cape and a black hood. This minifigure variation appeared in three sets; 3340 Star Wars, 7166 Imperial Shuttle and 7200 Final Duel I.
Palpatine's second variation
Palpatine soon saw his next release in the set 7264 Imperial Inspection in 2005. In this set, he was presented in a new variation. In this variation, his arm pieces and leg piece remained black, and his body piece remained the same from his first variation, but his face was changed from yellow to grey, and his eyes were made more grey. His hands were also changed to grey. The reason for this change was because in 2005, Star Wars sets started featuring minifigures with flesh-coloured faces to resemble the movies more. Since Palpatine in the movies appeared to be grey, this change was made. This variation was exclusive to the set 7264 Imperial Inspection.
In 2008, the 10188 Death Star was released and included was completely revamped Palpatine minifigure. This minifigure once again was meant to represent Palpatine as Darth Sidious. This minifigure had completely black arm pieces and a leg piece, once again like its predecessor. The image on the body piece was a remade and more detailed black robe. His face was made with bigger yellow eyes and bigger wrinkles. Included with him was a black cape and a black hood and, erroneously, black-coloured hands. This variant is also included in the 8096 Emperor Palpatine's Shuttle.
The Clone Wars Variation
Clone Wars Palpatine
The Clone Wars variation of Palpatine is based on Palpatine's appearance in the Clone Wars Television series. It represents Palpatine when he was the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic. His face is flesh coloured. It depicts Palpatine as a younger man, with blue eyes and not too many wrinkles. His leg piece and arm pieces are red, and his hands are flesh coloured. His body piece shows him wearing Senatorial robes. He comes with a blonde hair piece, a pair of red cloth shoulder pieces, and the holographic blueprints for the Death Star. He appears in the set 8039 Venator-class Republic Attack Cruiser.
Episode III variation
Palpatine with lightning pieces for his hands
In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine wields a gold-hilted lightsaber and has no cape or hood. He was released in the 2012 summer wave in 9526 Palpatine's Arrest.
In the set 6211 Imperial Star Destroyer, Palpatine appears in a transparent hologram part. This hologram is basically a long blue transparent brick with his image (as a sticker) imprinted on it as a Emperor.
For the book, LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side, an exclusive figure of Emperor Palpatine was included. As with the other variations, he came with a hood, cape, and black printing, but he was depicted with light gray paint detailing his robe as well as the silver clasp. His hands and face are flesh-colored, and it presumably represents his appearence on the second Death Star, before his death. Like previous variations of the Emperor, his eyes are bright yellow with black irises. He came with no accessories.
In the Video Games
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