Name: Rise Of Darth Vader, The (Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker)
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (Movie Heroes)
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: The Phantom Menace/The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: January 2012
Young Anakin Skywalker grows up to become Darth Vader. When the Force-sensitive Anakin is discovered on Tatooine, no one imagines that it marks the beginning of war and tyranny throughout the galaxy. And when Vader has been redeemed from the dark side, the galaxy experiences a new beginning of hope and peace.
What in the world is going on at Hasbro? The TARGET exclusive The Rise Of Darth Vader set has hit retail and we want to know if Hasbro genuinely thinks that collectors are going to be happy with it. It’s an utter abomination that a figure from 2000’s Power Of The Jedi line and another figure from 2006’s The Saga Collection have been ripped from their respective time periods and forced to share the same packaging six to twelve years after the fact. They don’t even look like contemporaries of each other in the packaging. How wrong is that? The saddest thing is that all-new product should have been the way to celebrate a very fun time in the collecting universe, The Phantom Menace 3D in theaters. The Phantom Menace has sustained a lot of criticism over the years. Hasbro could have aided in the bandaging by showing a little more drive in the exclusives. It’s almost as if they’re admitting that this is something they had to do instead of wanting to do. Yes, Hasbro has repainted the figures a bit, but aren’t we totally over swivel shoulders and/or swivel elbows and other inferior articulation now? The irony is that Hasbro is solely responsible for our uppity attitude. We have supported the Star Wars toy line from the beginning, so we take it as an insult when a boring exclusive is meant to be more than it is.
The Movie Heroes line already has collectors chaffed. Opening the line with a dozen repacks isn’t something that a collector of any age wants to see. There are indeed some subtle changes on almost all of the figures, but the line is quite schizophrenic in nature and the focus on characters from Episode I is murky at best. While we wouldn’t want to see a complete rerelease of all of the 1999 figures, it seems that something is lacking tremendously for all things Episode I. What makes things worse is that most of the figures that make up the initial 12 can be had for pennies on the dollar on eBay and other aftermarket sources. With the basic figure MSRP jacked up another dollar, why would anyone pay $8.99 for a figure they can get for only a few dollars in different packaging? These arguments may not entirely hold up for The Rise Of Darth Vader Movie Heroes TARGET exclusive. As we’ve mentioned, Hasbro did make an effort to repaint the figures a bit, but between the inferior sculpts and lack of articulation Hasbro should be more embarrassed that they released them as 2012 product and especially as a store exclusive. There is absolutely nothing new top enjoy here and we find it a metaphorical slap in the face that this is the 2012 TARGET exclusive offering. We hope better exclusives are in the works.
Assortment Number: 39618/39612
Retail: $14.99 USD
Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on listings.
Status: Darth Vader is a slight repaint of 2006's TSC Darth Vader (SAGA 038) figure. Darth Vader's helmet dome is glued down and there is lightsaber strike damage on his right shoulder. (This figure is a rework of 2005's ROTS Darth Vader (Special Edition 500th Figure). The soft-goods cape is not removable without damaging it, so it doesn't get counted as an accessory here.
Articulation Count: 12
Articulation Details: swivel neck, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel forearms, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2005
Status: Anakin Skywalker is a repaint of 2000's POTJ Anakin Skywalker (Mechanic) figure.
Articulation Count: 8 points
Articulation Details: swivel neck, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: removable Naboo pilot helmet
Date Stamp: 1999
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