Name: Darth Vader
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (Movie Heroes)
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: June 2012
Darth Vader is a master of the Lightsaber. Many years have passed since the Sith Lord has fought someone who can also wield the legendary weapon of the Jedi and the Sith. Calling upon his powerful connection to the Force, Vader ignites his Lightsaber to battle young Luke Skywalker.
It was only a matter of time before Hasbro knocked out Darth Vader with a light-up lightsaber for the Movie Heroes line. Admittedly, the technology Hasbro has incorporated into the light-up figure is rather impressive, although not entirely perfect yet. But the technology that is available to them has been put to good use and for the most part we’re fans of this action feature, if not for anything more than a novelty on a classic Star Wars character. Things that still bother us, but we know are unavoidable include the inability for the arm that holds the lightsaber to rotate a full 360 degrees. This is all thanks to the intricate wiring inside that allows the blade to glow (brightly we might add),, so breakage would occur if the arm was given a full range of movement. We also aren’t entirely crazy with overall sculpt. The lightsaber hilt is still comically large and the straight extension of the lightsaber wielding arm is distracting at best. And more articulation would be wonderful, but now that Hasbro’s philosophy has changed for kid-focused action figures, it appears that we’re never going to see one of these figures with the points of articulation come to pass. That’s OK. These figures are intended for other people and purposes anyhow.
Darth Vader though looks pretty fantastic overall. We’re impressed that Hasbro has worked in a discrete button to ignite his lightsaber. All you need to do is push in the buckle n his belt and you’re greeted with a very bright red blade. The right arm is able to rotate about 45 degrees, not nearly enough in our opinion, but it is however the right amount of articulation to swing his lightsaber up and down. Unfortunately you won’t be able to hold the lightsaber with an angled elbow or close to his breast, but that really isn’t the point with figures in the Movie Heroes line, especially the light-up ones. Aside from his right arm, Darth Vader is aesthetically pleasing in many other ways. He’s tall and his outfit looks great (specific to Episode V and VI) and the rest of his articulation suits him very well. He does come with ball-jointed knees which help tremendously with some action poses. He also comes with a ball-jointed left elbow which especially assists with recreating the awesome Bespin gantry scenes in Episode V. (“No, I am your father!” immediately comes to mind.) Darth Vader comes with a removable plastic molded cape which is nice but not necessary. In case you’re not aware, the blade to his lightsaber is completely removable. You might be surprised how pale it is. (It’s barely a shade of pink!) This should be an indication of how bright the LED lights are in these figures.
Status: Darth Vader is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 9 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, left ball-jointed elbow, left swivel forearm, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: removable cape, removable lightsaber blade
Date Stamp: 2011
Assortment Number: 37287/36563
Retail: $9.99 USD
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