Sly Moore (Corsucant Senate)
Released September 2005
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on December 28, 2004
Some figures from the prequels were a long time coming, and with her role in multiple films a lot of fans wanted the bald chick Sly Moore. Well, here she is-- although she has a slightly different appearance than the movie, it's still a solid figure.
The figure includes a blaster and a base.
This figure looks like it may have been created to have been released as part of Saga in late 2003 or early 2004 but was bumped in favor of the Original Trilogy Collection. While this may or may not be true, one thing's for certain-- this is a figure that people could have used a year ago.
She's brand new, and she has a removable cloak! This is good and bad. It's good because Hasbro went through a lot of trouble sculpting the figure, adding in unique armbands and giant boots that look really unique and possibly at home for any snowy customs you may make. It's bad because in the movie, she's usually completely covered by the cloak and this figure doesn't have the ability to hide the arms and inner gown.
Without the robe, you may have the basis for many a great custom figure. As it's not something you saw on screen, it's hard to examine in a context that would really make sense for what we usually do here. As a unique design in and of itself, it looks good-- a little blah for Star Wars, but frankly, what else could you have done here? The outfit is appropriate for what it needs to be (i.e., mostly hidden) and is colored in such a way that you could conceivably use this figure in other situations, for customs, and so on and so forth. There's a lot of nice detail and texture here that the particular shade of blue they used doesn't highlight, but again, all these little details will make this figure just that much better for people prone to repainting it.
While she doesn't look like it in person, here she seems to look a little like Paul Reubens. In person, she's a passable but not wonderful representation of the Supreme Chancellor's aide, about what we'd expect for a third- (heck, fourth-) tier film character. The coloring feels a little more intense on the toy than she looked elsewhere, but hey, they made her right?
There's not a lot going for articulation here. There's a ball-jointed head and elbows (the latter of which may be a first for a 4" action figure), but the only other meaningful articulation is at the shoulders and marred by the cloak. As such, she's a bit of a statue. I'd say "statuesque" but that sounds more like a compliment than I'd like.
The overall sculpt works, and the costume is done up as nicely as one could hope for with the fairly odd choice of pose. Hasbro could have easily made this a little truer to the movie (and still could) just by changing the cloak a little, and as such we're hoping they revisit the sculpt at some point.
This set includes the traditional stand and a blaster.
The base is nothing new-- but it is welcome. This figure can stand just fine all by her lonesome, which means the base is just gravy.
The blaster never appeared on-screen with the character and, like in the old days, was most likely included just to give this character some much-needed play value. A bald, pale head jutting out of a cloak isn't very compelling, so the changes to the pose and the addition of the fun are totally understandable.
Since Hasbro decided to stick with what worked, we're getting more OTC-esque cardbacks. Hooray! It won't last so enjoy it while it does.
There's a lot to the packaging, surprisingly. The double-border is just like the original Kenner packaging, and the black background is also very similar to the old toys. Since it's a prequel figure, the OTC logo has been dropped but the remaining design elements have remained in place. Which is a good thing.
The background of a Supreme Chancellor's office is great, and an excellent choice for this figure-- it's either this or a Senate pod scene, and we've already got one of those. The red helps the blue figure pop out of the packaging, so it's easy to like this one.
The nameplate for the figures is a sticker, and the plastic bubble is grooved so it fits snuggly in place and won't be off-center. Customizers will probably have a field day with this packaging, as there are a lot of generic elements you can easily change out andcreate a package that's very specific to your tastes.
As of today, this figure is just becoming available in the USA. Happy hunting!
It's hard to like because it isn't true to the movie, but it's easy to like because of the detail work and the fact this is probably the only version of Sly Moore we'll ever see. Well, maybe, who knows what Revenge of the Sith holds. If the price increase is painful to you, this is going to be a purchase that hurts-- I have a hard time saying this is worth $6.99 because it isn't exciting or as great as it could be. For $4.99, it's almost a no-brainer because it's a new character... and yes, $2 isn't that much money but in this case I can see it being a deciding factor. I wouldn't pass on this figure just because of price alone, but if you're not all ready collecting them all, you can skip this one.
Our review sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in October 2004.