Name: Disturbance In The Force
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: N/A (2008 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive)
Source: The Empire Strikes Back (Special Edition)
Availability: July 2008
The Disturbance In The Force 2008 San Diego Comic Con exclusive was a big surprise and raised many eyebrows when Hasbro made the initial announcement about it. And since time has elapsed to digest it as a whole, we can conclude that it has many positives; but it does have its share of negatives too. It is certainly quite a novelty toy with all of its bells and whistles including lights, sound and a much too long recitation of a section of script from the film (that is truly unbearable to listen to after one time). The figures are in decent scale to each other which is a very good thing and the overall likeness of the characters from the scene is more than fair. Hasbro did a fair job recreating that pivotal moment in the Special Edition of Episode V, but we wonder why they didn't just do things a bit differently to make it better. Darth Vader is a repack of the 2004 VOTC Darth Vader figure. This is probably the best choice because the vintage style figure was based on his Episode V appearance and what better way to recreate that awesome goodness than to use an awesome figure! Although four years after an original release of a figure feels outdated or old, if it is good, then it is wise for Hasbro to rehash it time and again. Most importantly, this version of Darth Vader is the best one to use due to its authenticity to the film. Darth Vader comes equipped with his lit lightsaber (maybe not the best accessory here) and his soft-goods cape.
The part of this set to get really worked up about is the Emperor Palpatine holographic image and base. First, the good points: The chamber/platform where Vader kneels is sculpted very accurately to the one seen in the film. Its center lights up beautifully in dark blue and when it is disconnected from the holographic Emperor Palpatine figure, it merely verbalizes "What is thy bidding, my Master?" This is a perfect snippet from the line dialogue and we are happy Hasbro made an abridged speech here. Unfortunately, if you connect the holographic Emperor to the base to light him up, the entire screenplay to the revised Special Edition scene is repeated. It goes on for too long of a time (and too loudly) for our liking and we are looking for something else to do until it ends. The light that makes the holographic Emperor glow is of a different color than the base, so there is a nice contrast of color very similar to what we saw in Episode V. There are some interesting points to note on the Holographic Emperor "figure". He is more of a mini bust than a figure. He is a statue and has no articulation (and he shouldn't have any). He also has a cord-like texture from head to toe that gives it a much better holographic look and "feel" that can only be felt to be fully understood. It is so nice of Hasbro that they gave this figure a unique texture instead of simply casting it in translucent blue. This is easily the best holographic image we have received in action figure form! And it is one of the best likenesses we have seen of the Emperor (and he is all-blue here so this is saying a lot). We have always claimed that less articulation serves holographic figures much better and this Emperor Palpatine is a perfect example.
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