Before Supreme Leader Snoke’s Elite Praetorian Guard made their onscreen debut in Star Wars: The Last Jedi – there were the Royal Guards of Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles recently announced their latest sixth scale collectible figure with a Royal Guard.
Equally shrouded in mystery, the Royal Guards had a cult following as their background and purpose was left to our imaginations as it was not explained in the film. Their popularity rose even more with the Crimson Empire Dark Horse Comics in 1998.
This figure is light on accessories but it makes up for it with a sharp design. Make no mistake, this is a near perfect interpretation of their on-screen look. There is even a darker robe underneath and their trademark Force Pike. Conveniently Emperor Palpatine was also announced at the same time.
A set up of Palpatine with his Imperial throne flanked by two Royal Guards is a dream set up for many Star Wars fans.
This Royal Guard figure will be available between January 2019 and March 2019. The price is $205.00.