Name: Darth Vader
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: August 2012
One figure announced at 2012’s NY Toy Fair that made us screech with excitement was the new The Vintage Collection Darth Vader figure based on the scene in Return Of The Jedi where he is overcome by Emperor Palpatine’s Force lightning while trying to save his son, Luke Skywalker, from certain death. The scene was intense and the radiation of the lightning gave us a flash or two of Darth Vader’s skeletal structure underneath. It was a foreshadowing to his full reveal as Anakin Skywalker. And for many Star Wars fans that scene is very emotional and special to them. Hasbro introduced a version of Darth Vader from this very scene and called it Darth Vader (Emperor’s Wrath) and released it in 2000 in the Power Of The Jedi collection. A decent action figure for the time, it sadly had limited articulation but a nice sculpt nonetheless. That very figure was upgraded (retooled and repainted) and released as 2006’s TSC Darth Vader (SAGA 045) figure. As just stated, some retooling was done to the figure as well as casting new parts for it. Even the right arm was updated and the glove could be removed to show the mechanics underneath, inaccurate but still cool. But even more than a half decade out from the original version, it still lacked articulation so Star Wars collectors waited for something mort impressive to come from Hasbro. The great news is the that time is now. The very last figure in The Vintage Collection is Darth Vader, although certainly not the last released, numbered as VC115 – the final numbered figure in this very important collection of Star Wars figures.
Darth Vader (VC115) is certainly a novelty figure. It’s sort of like 2007’s TAC Lando Calrissian In Smuggler Outfit (No. 39). These characters appear in literal moments in these specific configurations, but that doesn’t make them any less desirable for Star Wars collectors. Thankfully, the 2012 update to this version of Darth Vader is a real winner. A new head has been designed (or an aggressive recast at the very least) for Darth Vader and a full skull and neck stem is visible through the translucent helmet. It's eerie, it's alarming and it has certainly exceeded our expectations. You can even see Darth Vader’s “eyes” through the helmet. It’s quite impressive. A new right hand has been sculpted and it is completely removable to recreate the loss Darth Vader sustained while dueling lightsabers against Luke Skywalker. Based on 2010’s TVC Darth Vader (VC08) figure all of the best parts of that figure were brought forward for this release. The figure comes with 14 points of articulation and the figure can be posed in nearly limitless array of options. Darth Vader comes with his signature lightsaber so the option of dueling him against 2010’s TVC Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture) (VC23) will probably be high on your list. To help give a little more variety (and specialization) to the figure, Hasbro has also included two separately sculpted Force lightning effects that fits nicely around the upper body and helmet of the figure. Believe it or not, it looks very authentic and we’ve very happy that Hasbro decided to include these accessories instead of painting them on like they did with the 2000 version. It also helps to reinforce that this particular version of Darth Vader is from a very specific scene in Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi.
Status: Darth Vader is a rework of 2010's TVC Darth Vader (VC08) figure cast in parts in new translucent plastic to replicate the damage he sustains under Emperor Palaptine's wrath. A "face" (skull) is visible underneath the helmet.
Articulation Count: 14
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel forearms, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: lightsaber, interchangeable right hand, 2 Force lightning effects, removable soft-goods cape
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 39664/37499
Retail: $9.99 USD
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