The Imperial Guard is a great minifig. They were some of the more common minifigs in their day, but ironically, their head piece is now one of the most sought after of all LEGO® minifig head pieces.
Led by Admiral Woodhouse, this minifig was in almost every Imperial Guard set there was fighting against the likes of Captain Redbeard and Ironhook. The Imperial Guard was seen in 6263 Imperial Outpost, 6277 Imperial Trading Post, 6252 Sea Mates, 6247 Bounty Boat, 1872 Imperial Guard Camp, 1729 Barnacle Bay, 6279 Skull Island, 6266 Cannon Cove and 6271 Imperial Flagship.
Although the Shako is such a sacred piece to most LEGO collectors, 2009 should drop their price considerably. And with the price drop of the shako will come the price drop of the Imperial Guard, the backbone of the Imperial Guard army.