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Darth Vader

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Darth Vader

General Analysis

September 1979 was a period of time in my life that I can plot on a timeline. I experienced sensory overload during this time as a kindergartner. My favorite television show, Wonder Woman, abruptly ended after only a couple Season 4 episodes (which ultimately are now considered the tail end of Season 3). But as much as that disappointed me, I was also introduced to my very first Star Wars action figure (without having seen the film); Luke Skywalker: X-Wing Pilot. I wanted Luke Skywalker: X-Wing Pilot and many other Star Wars action figures very badly for the upcoming Christmases and birthdays that would take place over the next few months. (See, I got things for holidays and special occasions, not simply because I existed.) I remember Christmas 1979 blowing by very quickly that year, and for one reason or another, I didn’t get any Star Wars figures. I must have had my sights set on something else at the time. Anyway, by the time my sixth birthday came in July 1980, I knew it had to be used to accrue and stow up Star Wars men. As clear as day I remember getting a Wonder Woman ice cream cake from Carvel, and multiple Star Wars action figures, including the magnificent Darth Vader. I played with him for hours and I remember leaving the 20-Back/21-Back packaging on the table, only to be chided by my awesome mom not to leave garbage on the table when I left it. I know I received a couple of figures that day, but I know none compared to Darth Vader. Even today, no character compares to Darth Vader.

Hasbro's Most Definitive Modern Counterpart: 2012's THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Darth Vader (VC93) figure.

Collector Notes

Name: Darth Vader

Collection: Star Wars

Alternate Card Back Image: Darth Vader (ROTJ 65-Back)

Source: A New Hope

Release: 1978

Status: Darth Vader is an all-new figure.

Assortment: No. 38230

UPC: N/A

Retail: $1.99 USD

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Figure Release Information

Major Figure Variations (loose):

  1. double-telescoping lightsaber (very rare)
  2. normal lightsaber

U.S. Card Back Release Information (confirmed to exist)

double-telescoping lightsaber

  1. SW12A

original picture – normal lightsaber

  1. SW-12A
  2. SW-12B
  3. SW-12C
  4. SW-20E
  5. SW-20F
  6. SW-21A
  7. SW-21B
  8. SW-21C
  1. ESB-21A
  2. ESB-31B
  3. ESB-32B
  4. ESB-41A
  5. ESB-45A
  6. ESB-45B
  7. ESB-47
  8. ESB-48B
  1. ESB-48C
  2. ROTJ-48
  3. ROTJ-65A
  4. ROTJ-65B
  5. ROTJ-65C
  6. POTF-92

new picture — normal lightsaber

  1. ROTJ-65B
  2. ROTJ-65C
  3. ROTJ-65C
  4. ROTJ-77A
  1. ROTJ-77B
  2. ROTJ-79A
  3. ROTJ-79B

U.S. Card Back information derived from the Kellerman Book Matrices and confirmed samples

Research Droids Data Analysis

Added: May 21, 2018
Category: Star Wars
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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