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Battle-Damaged Darth Vader - TAC - Basic (08 12)

Name: Battle-Damaged Darth Vader
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: 08 12
Source: The Force Unleashed
Availability: March 2008
License: Hasbro

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Character Profile

Species

Human

Status

Sith Lord

Weapon of Choice

Lightsaber

Characteristic

Trains his apprentice to be his most lethal weapon

A fierce battle with the newfound Rebel Alliance aboard the Death Star has pushed Darth Vader to the brink of defeat. Beaten and broken, the Dark Lord of the Sith is the closest he's come to death since Obi-Wan Kenobi defeated him on the burning shores of Mustafar.

Arguably, the most-anticipated figure of 2007 was Battle-Damaged Darth Vader. We were mercilessly teased with the prototype at Toy Fair 2007 but when schedules went amuck for The Force Unleashed video game, the figures based on it were also postponed until the first quarter of 2008 including the shining star, Battle-Damaged Darth Vader. But like anything Star Wars, all of the figures were well worth the wait. In particular, Battle-Damaged Darth Vader stole the show as an expertly sculpted action figure with some added play value (as in you put him together) finished off with great, um, battle-damage. He satisfied most in almost every way and will probably see release again throughout the duration of the basic figure line. A very nice touch to this figure is his torn cape. It looks fantastic and has been tattered appropriately to match the horrible destruction of his body and very famous costume he endures in the game. The paint job is incredible and he is super-articulated. The head likeness is based on actor Sebastian Shaw while the packaging artwork shows Hayden Christensen. And interestingly, the video game character looks to be an amalgamation of both actors. But whatever image this action figure favors, we can absolutely confirm that it is excellent in nearly every way and will be one of the highlights in your collection.

While we will profess that the action figure is pretty awesome in every way, there are some things we would have preferred to see adjusted. For starters, his shoulder armor piece is too gold. We all know at best this piece of his armor is silver and the image in the video game looks even darker (almost all black). And the cloth outer robes do not go over top the costume like his Episode IV appearance. Since The Force Unleashed takes place between Episode III and Episode IV, we are a bit disappointed that his costume didn't favor Episode IV. His metal foot is too big for his frame because it is wider than his foot that is covered by a boot. This left foot looks a bit out of scale and slightly exaggerated, but nonetheless cool. (We are evidently nitpicking here. Sometimes things don't have to be perfect to be cool, the metal foot is one of these examples.) When the helmet is put on his head, the eyes don't match up perfectly. This will cause an anal-retentive collector to go mad. The same is true for his chest plate but to a lesser degree. We wished the parts just fit together a little bit better. But remember that this is a 3.75" scale figure, and we still think Hasbro provided us with a premium product here.

The Force Unleashed was a pretty big hit and it seems that fans are savoring the very small collection of figures so far with the hope that more will follow. And this is quite a powerful thing since many do not even know much about the game or follow it. Looking at Battle-Damaged Darth Vader over and over, it really makes you consider how much hell Anakin Skywalker experienced time and again. And seeing him vulnerable in his Darth Vader costume, while cool, somewhat takes away from his assumed invincibility we saw throughout most of the Original Trilogy. And of course we only saw his harsh exterior crumble when he was softened by Luke Skywalker reaching out and trying to save him. The spirit of the figure is weak, but the flesh of it is strong (if that makes any sense). So, Battle-Damaged Darth Vader excels and fails in many different ways. That is not to say that this is a poor action figure, because it isn't. It is actually a marvelous action and one of the best Hasbro has ever produced. But you will have to accept this stage of Darth Vader for who he is and what he endured in The Force Unleashed video game (and all related materials in the multimedia event). Looking much cooler in the 30 (77-07) packaging, the figure has been reissued in The Legacy Collection as one of the few and quickly discontinued "Greatest Hits" figures. Nothing quite beats silver and black packaging and TAC had the coolest packaging where it counted. And you'll get a personalized action figure stand if you get him in the TAC line. Then again, you'll get a droid part if you decide you like the TLC packaging better. The choice is yours!

Collector Notes

Battle-Damaged Darth Vader

Status: Battle-Damaged Darth Vader is an all-new figure.

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: 3

Accessory Details: removable helmet, remove chest section, left arm armor section, left thigh/shin armor section, lightsaber

Date Stamp: 2007

Assortment Number: 87486/87500

UPC: 653569257066

Retail: $6.99

Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on Click here to check the market value on eBay! listings.

30 (77-07) Wave 11 (2008 Wave 2)
Imperial EVO Trooper (08 09)
Imperial Jumptrooper (08 10)
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Battle-Damaged Darth Vader (08 12)
Rahm Kota (08 13)
Emperor's Shadow Guard (08 14)
Juno Eclipse (08 15)

Added: January 1, 2010
Category: 30 (77-07)
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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