IMPERIAL DIGNITARY

Source:
  (Return of the Jedi)


Date Stamp: 1984

Release Date: 1985

Carded Availability:
  Power of the Force
  Tri-Logo

Assortment No. : 93850

Retail: $2.99

Weapons and Accessories: 

  • None


  • Point of Interest: 
      This figure debuted in the United States on The Power Of The Force card, and in Europe on the Tri-Logo card. It was never packaged on a Canadian card.

    Comments: The Imperial Dignitary is the living testament that the Emperor was an impartial employer. Obviously the dictator was hiring these dignitaries based soling on their resumes and not on their appearance. Then again, Palpatine has proven to be a man that loved theatrics in all their ‘Look at me, I’m compensating!!!’glory, so maybe he did hire this guy only because he fell out of the ugly tree…

    Major Variations: Though all vintage figures have minor variations, the Imperial Dignitaryaction figure has no known major variations, but is easily the hardest figure to find in perfect condition. Like many other figures, the Imperial Dignitary’s head not moulded in a flesh coloured plastic, and sports a painted face. Unlike other figures with painted faces however, this figure’s head was moulded in a dark coloured plastic (purple) that only accentuated paint wear when it would occur. Furthermore, many of the Imperial Dignitary figures suffered from paint wear on the nose while still carded, only adding to the problem.

    New Leg Design
    Kenner took a new approach with long robed figures in The Power Of The Force line. Unlike older figures with long robes (The Emperor, Bib Fortuna, Sand People) where the split between the legs was smooth and flush, the sculptors opted instead to mould folds on the inner legs of the Imperial Dignitary and Anakin Skywalker figures. The new design allowed for the same visual aesthetic as the older figures when looking straight on, but when posing these figures in an action pose, they appeared to be in pants.



    Text & Photography by D. Martin Myatt.


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