First, who has any better pictures than the mono-color prototype sculpt that's been shown in the headline news? You can't tell anything from that picture so far - except I don't think it will turn out looking like Natalie Portman.
SideShow has said that they intend to make the figure (though it's EU) realistically styled. I assume that by doing so, they'll reuse Padme's head on future figures of her - thus they might be going with real rooted hair for Padme unlike what they did for Leia Boussh (sculpted plastic hair). Real hair can sometimes work for figures (FAO Slave Leia, IMO) and sometimes not (KB Toys Leia Boussh). Then you come into varrying degrees of quality control with it such as with Senator Leia Organa (ANH).
I'd actually prefer real hair only if they are going to quality-control production on Padme like has never been seen before. I don't remember at the moment whether Qui-Gon had rooted hair or sculpted. I'm thinking the latter though. If Padme figures from SS will have sculpted hair, they can still apply each sculpted hair piece to the same basic face they create for her.
Well anyway, the prototype head I see in blue, doesn't look like Natalie and it really doesn't look like Gennedy Tartovsky's cartoon character (which it's not supposed to).
My feelings about SideShow doing EU are this:
1) make new characters like Quinlan Vos and Mara Jade, Jacen and Jaina Solo, etc. - not movie characters that could have movie sculpts done of them. A SS Yuuzhan Vong could be incredible!!!
2) EU will never sell as well as movie-line figures, so they could be wasting their time, especially with one that didn't appear in the EU as they are producing her.
3) If a regular line Padme existed, not many would even consider buying this.
4) If this outfit is convertible to Padme's non-ripped Arena outfit (minus the snow coat and perhaps with an additional head (?) ) then it will be much more attractive.
As it stands so far, I have no plans to buy this figure, while I would buy other EU choices like Kir Kanos from SS.
Who plans to get Padme?
Who plans to pass on Padme?