Name: Darth Vader/Rebel Officer
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: No. 02
Source: Expanded Universe (Marvel Comics' Star Wars #1)
Availability: December 2006
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 [FB/CT] Darth Vader (With Imperial Interrogator Droid) 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. You can see both versions in the photo gallery.)
Assortment Number: 87505/87504
Retail: $9.99 USD
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Status: Darth Vader is a repaint of 1999’s POTF2 [FB/CT] Darth Vader (With Imperial Interrogator Droid) Comm Tech figure. This time around Darth Vader and the IT-O Interrogation Droid have been painted to look like their appearances 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 points (8 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel left bicep (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel right bicep (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: IT-O Interrogation Droid, "invisible" stand for IT-O, lightsaber (Darth Vader also has a permanent lightsaber hilt attached to his belt.)
Date Stamp: 1998
Status: Rebel Officer is a repaint of 2001's POTJ Rebel Trooper (Tantive IV Defender) made to look like his appearance in the Marvel comic adaptation of Star Wars. While generically labeled as "Rebel Officer" this is actually meant to be Captain Antilles.
Articulation Count: 11 points (11 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel neck (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), swivel left knee (1), swivel right knee (1), swivel left boot(1), swivel right boot (1)
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: blaster pistol, removable vest
Date Stamp: 2001
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