Name: Darth Vader
Collection: The Black Series
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2013
The evil Sith Lord Darth Vader captures the Rebel heroes when they arrive at Bespin's Cloud City.
There always has to be at minimum one Darth Vader action figure in every new line look. That’s just the way the Maker intended it to be. The Star Wars saga is all about him, so it makes perfect sense that he needs to see release after release as an action figure. For The Black Series, Hasbro once again turns their attention towards The Empire Strikes Back and “creates” yet another unique take on Darth Vader much to the elation and even the chagrin of collectors – depending upon who you are. In The Empire Strikes Back, fans got to witness Darth Vader utilizing his Force skills more than in any other Original Trilogy film. He crushed the throats and Ozzel and Needa, he sensed that the Rebels were indeed on Hoth and he deflected the laser blast from, and then took possession of, Han Solo’s blaster right after Lando Calrissian betrayed them. It is the latter scene that Hasbro now bases a new version of the evil Lord of the Sith. Darth Vader, whose base sculpt dates back to the 2005 ROTS Anakin Skywalker To Darth Vader Evolutions figure. It’s a great sculpt that is made more exciting by its Episode V-centric concentration. And it’s a Darth Vader action figure released in a way that was never offered before until now.
While The Black Series Darth Vader comes with a new head sculpt, Hasbro utilized the same technology as the 2012 TVC Darth Vader (VC115) figure. Think of it as a head with a plug to secure itself to Darth Vader’s shoulders. Unlike so many of the other Darth Vader figures based on the Evolutions sculpt, Darth Vader’s cape is completely removable without sustaining any damage to it. Two all new right hand sculpts hve been added as well. One conjures Han Solo’s blaster pistol (and the weapon can be held in the hand as well) while the second hand attachment has a hole in it also it can accept the blast effect that was especially made for this action figure. The all-new blast effect is done very well. If you look at a still of when Darth Vader is deflecting Han Solo’s blast, you will see that Hasbro designed a truly authentic accessory to recreate this action. The great thing is that it’s light enough to stay in his hand without gravity forcing it to the ground. The disappointing thing is that this piece is cast from a very rubbery material and the red laser blast that’s been sculpted into it appears droopy and flaccid.
Status: Darth Vader is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the body of 2012's TVC Darth Vader (VC115) figure with the right arm from the Darth Vader figure in 2005's ROTS Anakin Skywalker To Darth Vader Evolutions set. The portrait is all-new but is based on the head sculpt from The Vintage Collection (VC115) figure.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel gloves, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: lightsaber, removable soft-goods cape, interchangeable right hand, blast effect, Han Solo's blaster
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: A5081/A5077
Retail: $9.99 USD
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The Black Series (3¾") Wave 1
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