Considering how important a character he is, Kenner/Hasbro really hasn't done that well by Emperor Palpatine IMO (Versions of him as the humble senator all look ok to me). At this point the only one I own is the original Kenner version, but I was just thumbing through Steve Sansweet's new "Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection" and most of the Emperor incarnations of our favorite Galactic Potentate are a bit wonky. From funky poses to unfortunate soft-goods robes, few manage to capture the character. Honestly the one that does the best job of it IMO is the 2nd Emperor figure ever made, from the POTF 2 line. There's not much in the way of articulation and the sculpt is pretty basic, but it's a nice representation of the character. As far as pre-ROTJ Palpy's, the ROTS/Sith Evolutions version is really good (If you remove the bulky robe). Darth Venator, as far as Padme goes my favorite is the Ambush on Ilum "Snowbunny" figure. It's not a figure for articulation fanatics, but it comes with a neat fur-trimmed hooded cloak and it looks great on display.