Shmi Skywalker (2001)

It’s Mother’s Day here in the US, and I wouldn’t be a good blogger if I didn’t tie a post into it. What better example of a Star Wars mother than Anakin’s? Shmi didn’t get a whole lot of development in the saga, but did serve a large role in Anakin’s ultimate fate. I never understood why Qui-Gon didn’t try to free her, but if he had, we wouldn’t have a story, would we? Between the release of episode one and two, I thought for sure Anakin would return to free her as a Jedi.

The figure hails from the time between Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, when Hasbro were incorporating extra swivel joints into arm and leg articulation. Shmi’s arms swivel at the elbows, which gives her a bit more poseability, particularly to manipulate her diagnostic screen accessory. One wouldn’t expect her to carry a weapon, so this little piece of character specific equipment is a nice bit of extra detail.

The sculpt and scale are very accurate to the film, and you can see Hasbro’s developing quality increasing from just a few years before. Although the plastic skirt hinders leg movement, I can’t imagine many kids putting her inside a Naboo fighter back in 2001. Heck, I don’t think I can imagine many kids even adding her to their collections.

One thought on “Shmi Skywalker (2001)

  1. A figure like this is a good example for the argument that all Star Wars figures need to have super articulation. I’d like to see elbows on every figure, but for someone like Shmi who is well-sculpted and not particularly active, I think a mostly static figure works well. Arguably, a fabric skirt would’ve hurt her overall appearance even if enhancing range of motion.


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