Royal Guards, also called Red Guards and Imperial Guards, were the personal guard of Emperor Palpatine and Lord 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 the Vader and under went intense training. Failure usually meant death. Out of a class of 40 cadets, only 5-7 survived training. The Royal Guards were wiped out mostly after the Battle of Endor, but notable Royal Guard survivors include Kir Kanos and Carnor Jax.
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.
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.
- Celebration IV Set (2, black hands)
- 6211 Imperial Star Destroyer (2, black hands)
- 7166 Imperial Shuttle (2, red hands)
- 7264 Imperial Inspection (2, red hands)
- 10188 Death Star (2, black hands)
- 75034 Death Star Troopers (2, 2014 redesign)
- 75093 Death Star Final Duel (2014 redesign)
- 852085 LEGO Star Wars Magnet Set (black hands)
- 852552 Magnet Set Royal Guard 2009 (black hands)
- 853450 LEGO Star Wars Emperor's Royal Guard Key Chain (2014 redesign)
- 75159 The Death Star (2014 redesign)
Video Game Appearances
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace
- The Yoda Chronicles
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures