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Royal Guards, also called Red Guards and Imperial Guards, were the personal guards of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. Each guard would carry a force pike as a weapon, and they were all dressed in red. They were trained as great warriors, and were known as the best, being suitable for guarding important Imperial figures.


The Royal Guards were some of the most elite of the Galactic Empire's forces, used primarily to guard Emperor Palpatine, but were sometimes used by Darth Vader as well. They were hand picked by Vader and underwent intense training. Failure usually meant death. Out of a class of 40 cadets, only 5-7 survived training.


Original variant

Royal Guards have red arms, legs and hands (latter black hands). The red torso piece has red cloak details. They also have black minifigure heads and a red cloak helmet. They wear red capes. Royal Guards come with black spears which are supposed to be force pikes.

2014 variant

The 2014 variant is much the same as the original in torso and headgear. However, the arms and hands appear to have been changed to a complete dark red. The Royal Guards now wield as an accessory a black handle with a grey rod on top, known as a force pike instead of a spear. The capes that they wear are a light red on the outside and a dark red on the inside.


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Concealed in crimson robes and armor, the Imperial Royal Guard protected the Emperor. Secrecy shrouded the Guard, with rumors abounding about the sentinels' backgrounds and combat capabilities.

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