Name: Darth Vader
Collection: Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith]
Scale: 12-Inch Figures
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: August 2013
Darth Vader is a powerful Sith Lord dedicated to crushing the Jedi and seizing control of the galaxy.
You know something? When you’ve been with Hasbro since 1995 when the neo classic Star Wars action figure line came to be and you see them in 2013 releasing products like the 12-Inch Darth Vader figure, it makes you a little bit angry. How in the world have increased tooling, manufacturing and distribution costs brought the Star Wars line to its knees? Super-articulation for a kids’ line is unheard of now. 12-Inch figures that were once loaded with articulation and layers of real fabric clothing are now hollow plastic pitiful excuses for an action figure. In fact, they’ve been nicknamed “shampoo bottles” by critical collectors from across the globe. The Darth Vader 12-Inch figure has been chosen as our final review of 2013 for a couple of reasons. Firstly, we wanted to include this scale somewhere with the 2013 calendar year. Next thing we knew the end of the year was here. Secondly, this 12-Inch Darth Vader figure sums up in away how we have felt about the Star Wars brand in general this year. The only saving grace was both scales of The Black Series lines, which in many regards failed in a few ways as well. But this Darth Vader 12-Inch figures is sort of a summation of what exactly is wrong with the line today, and why Star Wars collecting is heading down a path it should not.
Now that the 3.75” basic figure line “for kids” now comes with a mere five points of articulation, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to collectors that the newly revamped 12-Inch figure line has also suffered a reduction in movement as well. While Hasbro did add swivel wrist movement, Darth Vader still only comes with a swivel head, two swivel shoulders and two swivel hips. The lightsaber is permanently affixed to his right hand and he comes with a removable red lightsaber blade which can easily to plugged into the hilt to give you some versatility. The sad thing is that swivel shoulders give you very little movement. The good news is that the swivel wrists do help to allow you to pose the lightsaber in some optional ways. So all is not lost in that light. Darth Vader also comes with a terribly cut soft-goods cape. It’s essentially a felt triangle that is permanently attached to the figure. With a little patience, you can attain a rather believable drape with it, but it looks cheap and no consideration was made to make it look aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Darth Vader has been cast in a very cheap plastic that is much too shiny for his own good. It’s a shame that this is the state of 12-inch figures now.
Status: Darth Vader is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 7 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel gloves, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: lightsaber blade
Date Stamp: 2013
Assortment Number: A0869/A0865
Retail: $9.99 USD
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Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith]
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