Name: Darth Vader
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 045
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: September 2006
Darth Vader is originally sent to prepare the new Death Star for the arrival of his Master, Emperor Palpatine. It is with great pleasure that he delivers Luke Skywalker into the presence of the Emperor. Ironically, it is Luke's conviction that there is still good in him that allows him to turn his bitterness at the Emperor's inevitable betrayal into a final, heroic act.
Once in a while, some action figures come across as sympathetic. There is this generic phenomenon that a few older figures remain cool despite not aging that well due to their limited articulation and slightly inferior sculpts. But that about sums up how we feel about The Saga Collection’s Darth Vader (SAGA 045) figure. This action figure certainly has history in the basic figure line. It was first released in 2001’s POTJ line as Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath) figure and it was a hugely popular figure for the time. And maybe that’s why Hasbro thought that they could squeeze it into the basic figure line again five years later to make a slightly revised version of this action figure. Darth Vader certainly lacks the articulation and sculpting finesse of many of the other figures in The Saga Collection, but as we have said, you’ll likely find one or two reasons to develop a fondness to this action figure while still admitting it could be better.
Hasbro did make some significant improvements this time around. Not only do we get the partially translucent plastic that was used back in 2001, Hasbro has somehow updated it to look ore effective. In particular you can see the skull of Anakin Skywalker below better than ever before. And certain points even look like the burned head of Anakin Skywalker. (This is likely just a coincidence because it’s meant to be the skull underneath and not flesh.) The paint job has been cleaned up tremendously and Hasbro also added a Force lightning effect that nicely fits over Darth Vader’s helmet like a glove to represent the residual damage he sustained from overthrowing Emperor Palpatine. But perhaps the nicest update to this figure is the removable right arm which houses a nicely designed cybernetic attachment. It’s highly detailed for what it is and the “glove” easily slips on and off of it while remaining able to stay in place too.
Status: Darth Vader is a retool and repaint of 2001's POTJ Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath) figure. This time the figure comes with a new right lower arm with removable glove which reveals Darth Vader's cybernetic attachment.
Articulation Count: 8 points (8 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel neck (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel right bicep (1), swivel glove (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: removable right glove (wrist does not swivel when removed), removable plastic cape, lightsaber, Force lightning effect
Date Stamp: 2001
Assortment Number: 86960/85770
Retail: $6.99 USD
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