Name: Darth Vader
Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Number: OTC #10
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: July 2004
Darth Vader is part of the evil Empire. He is powerful in the ways of the Force but uses his skills to do terrible things. He helps the Emperor control the galaxy. When he meets Luke Skywalker, he tries to convince Luke to join him and together rule the galaxy, but Luke resists and evetually helps Vader see that the galaxy needs to be saved from the Emperor.
It’s hard to believe that Hasbro released three Darth Vader figures in The Original Trilogy Collection basic figure line, you know, the collection with the 38 single-carded figures. This directive should make it clear to you the popularity of Darth Vader and how he is easily the most successful action figure at retail. It probably gives Hasbro confidence that any Darth Vader action figure will sell. And we do a good job as a buying public revealing that to them. That being said, this one is the worst of the three in the OTC basic figure line. Based on his appearance from Return Of The Jedi, Hasbro got a tad lazy with this release and slightly repainted 2003’s SW Darth Vader (Throne Room Duel) (‘03 #18) figure and repackaged in glorious vintage-inspired packaging to celebrate the release of the Original Trilogy on DVD in 2004. Sadly, the figure has aged terribly even after one short year, but then again, the figure was outdated at it's original release too. Riddles with clunky action features and loose articulation to accommodate these features, Darth Vader is not a collector-friendly figure. The kids will likely love it, so perhaps in hindsight it was nice of Hasbro to consider their needs somewhere within The Original Trilogy Collection too.
If you’re patient, this Darth Vader figure can look nice when displayed, but the challenge is making that work for more than a few seconds because it may just be the worst action figure of all time to keep its balance unassisted. We obviously don’t claim that the figure looks nice to mislead collectors. No, there is more negative here than anything else. Trust us when we say that you’re not going to appreciate this figure. You will not like it. Period. There are too many things working against it. With nine total points of articulation (including one of these points being an action feature button), Darth Vader is still limited in the articulation he does possess. For example. His left arm only has on swivel shoulder joint, while his right arm has a ball-jointed shoulder, hinge-jointed elbow and swivel glove. You can probably figure out without us telling you that is gives him a completely unbalanced stature and inhibits how well he can be posed in your collection. If all you’re looking to do is fling his lightsaber, then this is the premier Darth Vader action figure for you. If not, you’ll probably want to move along as quickly as possible away from this action figure.
Status: Darth Vader is a slight repaint of 2003's SW Darth Vader (Throne Room Duel) ('03 #18) figure.
Articulation Count: 9 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, swivel left shoulder, ball-jointed right shoulder, hinge-jointed right elbow, swivel right glove, swivel waist (with action feature), 2 swivel hips, action feature button
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: removable helmet, lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade, removable cape
Date Stamp: 2003
Assortment Number: 85193/84715
Retail: $4.99 USD
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