Name: Darth Vader
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 013
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: January 2006
The Dark Lord of the Sith is obsessed with finding the young Rebel who destroyed the Death Star. Vader and his master are certain that this boy is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker. Following up on a probe droid lead, Vader quickly identifies the Rebel base on Hoth but arrives too late, as the last of the Rebels flee Echo Base in the Millennium Falcon.
Darth Vader will undoubtedly be a success in the basic action figure line no matter how he comes to us. Repainted, retooled, repacked. It doesn't really matter. All are surefire ways to generate basic figure sales as far as Hasbro is concerned. Hasbro simply just has to release him for him to be successful. That’s all they need to do. And they can make him viral if they include some cool accessories or other things not available anywhere else and/or make him scene specific. Kids love him and collectors love him (more of course), but all Hasbro has to do is make some of these tweaks and we’re suckers to buy a few more versions for our own collections. When it came time for Hasbro to consider this character for release in The Saga Collection, Hasbro got really clever….twice. They dusted off the 2005 ROTS Darth Vader (Special Edition 500th Figure), tweaked it….twice and gave us two Darth Vader figures from two distinct scenes in The Empire Strikes Back. The SAGA 013 figure is unfortunately the inferior version of the two. It doesn’t come with any cool accessories and due to the recasting of the figure it must have affected the fit of the dome to the rest of the helmet. As a result, it doesn’t stay on tightly and will absolute frustrate you to anger. It easily flies off of his head with any slight movement. This figure is meant to be Darth Vader on Hoth. We think that Hasbro should have included just a little bit of residue of snow accumulation on the lower parts of his boots.
That would have cleared things up. But other than that, this is just another Darth Vader action figure and aside from a different paint job, doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. The good news is that Darth Vader comes with the hand attachment (from the 500th figure) that holds the lightsaber. This of course makes life very simple for the collector. After all, we really just want our figures to be able to hold the weapons they come with in the package. We don’t think this is a lot to ask. But despite the inclusion of this important hand attachment, Darth Vader is inferior because of poor articulation, swivel elbows and shoulders to be specific. Let us forewarn you. Our sample had the loosest elbow joints we have ever experienced on a figure. Your mileage may vary, but we couldn’t get him to hold up his lightsaber with any luck at all. This is so disappointing because Hasbro has actually put forth a lot of thought to enhance this figure in other ways, the great paint job for example. But between the look arm joints and the helmet that won’t stay on unless you glue it on, this Darth Vader figure may be responsible for some collectors’ early graves. And we are left speechless how these two aspects actually ruin the likeability of this figure. It’s a terrible shame because this version of Darth Vader has really been sculpted extraordinarily well. He is tall, menacing and is packed with a lot of detail. But who can take time to sit back and enjoy ll of these positives when you’re constantly putting the dome of his helmet every time you touch it?
Status: Darth Vader is a repaint of 2005's ROTS Darth Vader (Special Edition 500th Figure) figure. For this release, the chest armor is repainted significantly and the figure only comes with the hand attachment that holds the lightsaber.
Articulation Count: 11 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel hips, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel forearms, 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: soft-goods cape, lightsaber, removable helmet dome
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 85933/85770
Retail: $6.99 USD
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