Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: 08 12
Source: The Force Unleashed
Availability: March 2008
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.
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
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(77-07) Wave 11 (2008 Wave 2)
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