Name: Darth Vader
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: A New Hope
Availability: April 2012
We contemplated starting off this review with a few negative points just to get them out of the way. The reason is we like to lay it all down for our readers on the nitty-gritty of any action figure. You should know why a figure rocks, but you should also know when a few things need some fine tuning. Darth Vader isn’t wholly perfect, but the imperfections just aren’t enough for us to ding Darth Vader on its score. Right off the bat you should know we score this action figure with five stars. This long-awaited update to an Episode IV specific version of Darth Vader was long overdue. The upside is that Hasbro greatly made up for this loss with this The Vintage Collection release and you can bet your collection this will be their go-to-figure figure the next decade (or so). In our opinion, the inclusion of a swivel neck and waist wasn’t our first choice. If this was to be the consummate Episode IV Darth Vader, we think Hasbro should have removed all the stops and given this action figure full blow ball-jointed articulation. And that would even include ball-jointed wrists if it meant that Hasbro could work them in seamlessly. An update to a Darth Vader action figure based on his appearance in A New Hope has been a long time coming. Because Darth Vader’s outfit is similar to identical in Episode V and Episode VI, it’s very important to collectors that Hasbro make the Episode IV look spot on since they come into the line less commonly than the latter. We feel Hasbro got it right. Darth Vader is an answer to prayer, a dream come true, and the absolute Episode IV interpretation of Darth Vader to date.
The last version of A New Hope Darth Vader (as a basic figure) was 2007’s TAC Darth Vader (No. 16). It was a fine figure for its time and its articulation was right on par to what collectors expected. Based on the figure from 2006’s TAC Commemorative Tin Collection series, it served as the definitive Darth Vader figure (and served as the closest modern replacement for the Kenner vintage figure) for years. Although Hasbro decided to put the Episode III Anakin Skywalker burned and scarred portrait under the removable helmet, the details that Star Wars fans really cared about were pretty much perfect. The best part of that figure was the included the collapsed Obi-Wan Kenobi robes “environmental action figure stand” (and it hasn’t been rereleased to date). This is why you should buy one of every figure that comes with a unique accessory like that. Because you can bust them out to use with definitive versions of action figures down the road. Darth Vader is flawlessly proportioned, has the ideal height when compared to other action figures and the soft-goods look excellent. We were worried if Hasbro was going to use a very cheap material for Vader’s soft-goods, but it looks like they went for a fabric with quality that is better than average. His cape has no sheen and possesses some opacity. So it’s our assertion that they handled things the right way in the soft-goods department. The fabric has a gorgeous flowing drape and Hasbro tweaked the collar on it to get rid of the ugly big and bulky silver neck portion.
Status: Darth Vader is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel forearms, swivel waist, 2 ball-jointed hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2011
Assortment Number: 37508/37499
Retail: $9.99 USD
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