Collectible of the Day Today’s collectible is a pair of 12-inch Star Wars figures by Hasbro. The Queen Amidala and Qui-Gon Jinn, 2000 Portrait Edition set, was originally an exclusive to FAO Schwartz. However, due to its high price, it was eventually available at online closeout sites and at wholesale retailers such as Big Lots. The Portrait Editions, including 4 other Amidalas and a Princess Leia, are among the better looking 12” figures available from that time. Each had elaborately made cloth costumes, came with doll stands, and came in attractive window boxes (literally, designed to resemble a Theed Palace window). In this set, Amidala’s outfit is made out of a fine velvet-like material, with a satin lining and gold trim. Her synthetic hair is permanently styled to resemble Natalie Portman’s hairstyle from the Battle of Naboo. Qui-Gon is very similar to an individually packaged version released the previous year, but with a better face likeness, and other minor modifications to his outfit. Overall, these Portrait Edition dolls are among the highlights of Hasbro’s 12” figure line. Equaled by few in quality and sculpt, they were clearly designed to cater to the collector market, and appeal to both male and female collector alike. While fairly expensive when first released, all the Portrait Edition dolls can be obtained relatively inexpensively if one shops around. Discuss this collectible here. If you have an item you'd like to have featured, please PM me and provide a detailed description and a link to a medium sized, relatively in-focus photo.