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Darth Vader/Rebel Officer - TAC - Comic Packs (No. 02)

Name: Darth Vader/Rebel Officer
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: No. 02
Source: Expanded Universe (Marvel Comics' Star Wars #1)
Availability: December 2006
License: Hasbro

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The fearsome Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader stops at nothing in his mission to recover the plans for the Death Star, a fact that this Rebel Trooper learns to his deep misfortune.

By way of a very cool Entertainment Earth exclusive Hasbro introduced us all to the Comic Packs line. While many of us had no inkling of who Carnor Jax or Kir Kanos was, we couldn’t deny just how cool they looked as action figures. But when the first wave of non-exclusive Comic Packs began hitting retail in December of 2006, the hair on our backs stood up in irritation of what Hasbro decided to send our way. What happened to the retooled action figures or the all-new sculpts? And where are the first time available characters? It didn’t happen right away and instead Hasbro repainted some inferior sculpts (for the most part) and what’s worse is that Hasbro made them rainbow colorful. It’s concept of the Comic Packs line is very cool. You get two figures and a replica comic for less than ten dollars. That is a very fair price, but Hasbro needs to make the included action figures a bit more interesting, otherwise the line won’t sustain itself.

It’s simply astounding to us that when Hasbro has big plans for a new line of figures that they open it up with less than stellar ideas. In retrospect we are thankful that so many wonderful Comic Packs sets came out of the 30 (77-07) line, but it was certainly a huge risk to start it off with a set like the Darth Vader/Rebel Trooper set. (Editor’s Note: Hasbro unbelievably repackaged this set and tried to force it on us again in the Legacy Collection. We resisted and the Comic Packs line died a grim death.) What we get is a major repaint of 1999’s POTF2 Darth Vader (Comm Tech) figure. Even his IT-O Interrogation Droid has been repainted. We also get a repainted version of 2001’s POTJ Rebel Trooper (Tantive IV Defender). The color palette used for this figures is very extreme and we are not so sure is the shadowing seen in the Comic Books was necessary to ascribe to the action figures. (Editor’s Note: Hasbro acknowledged the error of their ways and they revised the paint jobs so that the coloring effects were less drastic.)

The modern line is now more than ever less forgiving about inferior articulation and sculpting for action figures. We have to admit that this set is dated right out of the package. While we see the need for Hasbro to pay tribute to some of the earliest Comic Books (especially for release in an anniversary collection like the 30 (77-07) line is), but we don’t think that this was the route to take. There are many better versions of Darth Vader that could have been utilized instead to make this set a little bit more likeable. The revised version of Darth Vader is a significant improvement, but no updates were made to the Rebel Officer and he still looks much too colorful, even though his colors are faithful to the comics. We don’t know, maybe realistic takes of the characters in the comics may have been a better option here. But we do know that the Comic Packs line has to take a sharp turn if Hasbro wants to garner interest in this line. We’ll just have to see what transpires. (Editor's Note: Special thanks to Jayson Krebsbach from Yakface.com for the reference images. Editing by Jedi Temple Archives.)

Collector Notes

Darth Vader/Rebel Officer

Assortment Number: 87505/87504

UPC: 653569193821

Retail: $9.99 USD

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Darth Vader

Status: Darth Vader is a repaint of 1999's POTF2 Comm Tech Darth Vader figure. This time around Darth Vader and the IT-O Interrogation Droid have been painted to look like his appearance in the Marvel comic adaptation of Star Wars. There are two distinct paint jobs of this figure. The first version was highlighted in light blues (and has a wider leg stance) and the running change version has darker blue highlights applied that are more subtle.

Articulation Count: 8

Articulation Details: swivel neck, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: IT-O Interrogation Droid, "invisible" stand for IT-O, lightsaber (Darth Vader also has permanent lightsaber hilt attached to his left hip.)

Date Stamp: 1998

Rebel Officer

Status: Rebel Officer is a repaint of 2001's POTJ Rebel Trooper (Tantive IV Defender) painted painted to look like his appearance in the Marvel comic adaptation of Star Wars. While generically labeled as "Rebel Officer" this is actually Captain Antilles.

Articulation Count: 11 points

Articulation Details: swivel neck, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel wrists, 2 swivel hips, 2 swivel knees, 2 swivel boots

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2001

Marvel Comic's Star Wars #1   Darth Vader   Rebel Officer   

30 (77-07) Comic Packs (Internet Exclusive)
Carnor Jax/Kir Kanos (No. 01)

30 (77-07) Comic Packs Wave 1
Darth Vader/Rebel Officer (No. 02)
Governor Tarkin/Stormtrooper (No. 03)
Chewbacca/Han Solo (No. 04)

30 (77-07) Comic Packs Wave 2
Quinlan Vos/Vilmarh Grahrk (No. 05)
Luke Skywalker/R2-D2 (No. 06)
Obi-Wan Kenobi/ARC Trooper (No. 07)

30 (77-07) Comic Packs Wave 3
A'Sharad Hett/Dark Woman (No. 08)
Princess Leia/Darth Vader (No. 09)
Luke Skywalker/Mara Jade (No. 10)

30 (77-07) Comic Packs Wave 4
Anakin Skywalker/Assassin Droid (No. 11)
Baron Fel/Hobbie Klivian (No. 12)
Koffi Arana/Bultar Swan (No. 13)

30 (77-07) Comic Packs Wave 5
Lieutenant Jundland/Deena Shan (No. 14)
Mouse In Disguise/Basso In Disguise (No. 15)
Clone Commando/Super Battle Droid (No. 16)

30 (77-07) Comic Packs (Walmart Exclusives Wave 1)
Boba Fett/RA-7 Droid
Commander Keller/Galactic Marine
Obi-Wan Kenobi/Bail Organa

30 (77-07) Comic Packs (Walmart Exclusives Wave 2)
Count Dooku/Anakin Skywalker
Kashyyyk Trooper/Wookiee Warrior
Lando Calrissian/Stormtrooper

Added: November 6, 2011
Category: 30 (77-07)
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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