This was, as previously posted, supposed to have been part of the last two waves of Episode I 12" dolls in the spring of 2000. Unfortunately, they dropped Ody Mandrell in favor of Pilot Anakin and Nute and Palpy were dropped completely. I remember seeing a prototype head of Ody a few years ago but I've yet to see the first bit of photographic evidence on either Nute or Palpy. Pity, too, as Palpatine has become my favorite character due to the prequel trilogy so far. Has anyone ever seen photos of these two toys, prototype, painted sample, finished sample, etc?