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Sunday Doll Post: Discovery of a lifetime… arguably.

June 3, 2012

Let me introduce Queen Amidala in her battle costume and Qui Gon Jinn, Jedi master, made by Hasbro in 2000 as collector “Portrait Edition” 12″ dolls. AREN’T THEY SOOOOOOOOOO COOL?!?!?!? The answer is yes, yes they are (and now I want more, shhhh).

First, if you don’t know who Queen Amidala or Qui Gon Jinn are you should be shunned by civilization here is a wikipedia page that might be helpful you don’t deserve my time to explain the plot.

So, discovery of a life time might be a bit over dramatic, but I would totally classify this as a major discovery of the year. While Pedro and the Older Sister were in town for my bachelorette party, we went down town to explore some of the shops, one of which was a new toy store. SO AWESOME, independent toy stores seem to lean more towards the educational toy side, but this one had so many different things. Puzzle toys, vintage reproduction toys, play and collectible barbies, Corolle dolls, legos, action figures, pretty much something for everyone (that likes toys…). Anyways, in the display cases were lots of star wars things, some were pretty expensive (like the giant $1500 star destroyer from the original movies) but I’m pretty sure all were reasonable for what they were.  Mine was $27, which for two dolls on it’s own is pretty good to me.

Thankfully, the Older Sister thought to document the moment

Needless to say we were all pretty excited. The lady at the store said a guy in town was selling off his star wars collection, apparently he hadn’t been bringing in many female/princess toys because he didn’t think there would be many girls interested (I might have to go back sometime to see if they ever have a Princess Leia). Obviously he is wrong.

From what I can find, Hasbro has the largest license to produce Star Wars toys such as the ever popular 3.75″ tall action figures, toy light sabers, helmets etc. Other companies make higher quality collector items too though. Hasbro also made some larger dolls from 1995 to 2005 (at the time I didn’t know about these at all), most being of the 12″ variety and from quick searches of ebay and amazon it looks like they made tons of different characters. Though it sounds like most of the 12″ dolls weren’t of great quality or had very good sculpting, but those were also considered “play dolls”. The dolls I got were collector dolls, the box says “for adult collectors” and suggests not trying to take the dolls’ clothing off in case you damage them. Qui-Gon Jinn & Queen Amidala “Defense of Naboo” 2000 Portrait Edition were an FAO Schwarz exclusive multipack. There were about 5 other Portrait Edition dolls too, 4 more Queen Amidalas and one Princess Leia (all of which look really cool). Apparently all of these were fairly expensive when they first came out, but I couldn’t find exact prices, anyways they’re very reasonable now at anywhere from $15 to $30 (I would definitely ignore the $50+ dolls since you can find them cheaper).

Her hair is permanently shaped around little pieces of plastic

Queen Amidala from Episode 1 is my second favorite character (Princess Leia being first, of course), but I wish they had made a little more effort to make this doll look more like Natalie Portman’s, she doesn’t even have her beauty mark. Qui Gon Jinn, on the other hand, looks exactly like Liam Neeson. The cardboard they’re attached to slides out of the box. I know they’re not really that valuable, but they are already kindof sentimentally valuable so I don’t think I’ll be taking them out of their bindings for a while. They’re stuck in those positions anyways with very little articulation that I can tell. Sometime I’ll have to profile the Older Sister’s vintage Darth Vader doll.

Spot liked the box quite a bit too.

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  1. June 3, 2012 6:14 am

    OMgosh you genius! Discovery of a lifetime indeed! Cannot believe you took ’em out of the box! Are you gonna clothe them?

    • June 3, 2012 6:44 am

      Well the box had obviously been opened before, but I’m not going to take them out of their cardboard inset just yet and if I ever did I don’t think I’ll take their clothes off because I don’t know that they’re removable.

  2. June 3, 2012 8:02 am

    oh! Oh! Oh! So cool! Feel the lite saber of envy swishing in your direction? You know if you could get a Mace Windu doll- she’d totally run off with it……


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