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Luke Skywalker And Darth Vader (Bespin) - SW [DV/ROTS] - Mission Series (MS09)

Name: Luke Skywalker And Darth Vader (Bespin)
Collection: Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith]
Number: MS09
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: June 2014
License: Hasbro

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Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader engage in a lightsaber duel on Cloud City, which floats above the gas giant planet Bespin. Luke fights bravely but cannot defeat the highly skilled Vader. Luke is dealt two blows: the loss of a hand, and the shocking truth about Vader's identity.

We have decided to be positive about the Mission Series and Saga Legends figures. So we positively are unable to fathom what collectors see in them, and we feel the positively stink to high heaven. (But don't misinterpret that for hate.) Not only is Hasbro giving us cheaply made and under-articulated action figures, but they’re also already repackaging figures, from the same line no less, into new conceptual sets. Is this how Hasbro is going to save money? Is giving us one new figure with abysmal paint operations and the saddest articulation we have seen since in the line yet and then pairing it up with an already made cheap action figure and then sell it for $9.99 the only way out for the Star Wars line? Man oh man oh man. It is truly a dark time for Star Wars collectors. Not only is Hasbro offering junk that no one wants to buy, but they’re rehashing characters they have produced countless times in this cheapened format. Maybe all-new never before released characters is the more direct approach to go here, Hasbro. While not ideal, maybe that will engage longtime supporters of the line a little more intently. Yeah, we have heard the cheerleaders on the sidelines for the Mission Series and Saga Legends lines. These are a budget way for Hasbro to produce action figures for kids. But why waste money on terribly painted and minimally articulated figures when you can get much better quality on eBay for pennies on the dollar? Is it because they’re new that there is a desire to acquire them? Are we looking past the garbage they are so that we can tickle that itch to buy something new in the Star Wars line?

Take for instance the Luke Skywalker And Darth Vader (Bespin) Mission Series set. Why in the world would Hasbro make another Episode V set of Luke Skywalker And Darth Vader? In 2012, Hasbro produced the Bespin Battle Battle Packs set that also contained all-new Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader action figures (along with an all-new Boba Fett figure). The outrage from the community was palpable. Collectors ripped them apart and were ignited with rage that Hasbro would dare produce such a product. But these same collectors have jumped on board in full support of the cheapened Mission Series and Saga Legends lines when the figures from the Bespin Battle Battle Packs set were infinitely better. We don’t understand the inconsistency. The Battle Packs figures had better sculpts, stunning paint jobs and better articulation (included ball-socket head articulation which forgave much of the figure’s lacking articulation elsewhere). And what’s worse, the 2012 SW [TPM 3D] Bespin Battle Battle Packs set was found years later at discount chains and couldn’t be given away for a fraction of the price on clearance. Heck, maybe you can STILL find it somewhere. So why does Hasbro or any collector think that we need even worse versions of these figures so soon after the better figures didn’t sell at all? We are beginning to think that everyone is partaking in the drinking of the poison Kool-Aid. Call us haters, call us negative, but we’re only searching for answers to understand why anyone thinks Mission Series and Saga Legends figures are necessary. Hasbro isn’t making them for you. They're for kids. But there are better and cheaper options for kids.

Luke Skywalker is an all-new figure that is just atrocious. You may not believe this until you see it for yourself, but the sculpt is so poorly produced that we thought in one case assortment that there were three different head sculpts (because there were three pieces of this set in the case). So heads were rounded, some looked like they were caught in a vice, and the paint jobs on each face made it appear that there were three different characters in the same set. That is purely pitiful. Our sample looks like Luke Skywalker is a deer in headlights. We don’t think the paint job on his face could be worse, save for an eye drooping down the side of his face. The sculpt of his body isn’t horrific, but with only swivel shoulders and swivel hips, there isn’t much you can do with it. You can’t make him battle Darth Vader realistically, and the paint job is so pale that it feels like this figure is completely lacking from head to toe. To add insult to injury, Hasbro has repacked the Darth Vader from 2013’s SW [DV/ROTS] Darth Vader And Seeker Droid (MS01) set. So you aren’t getting a bargain here. If you’re buying these sets for your kids, guess what? Hasbro has sold you a bridge. You now have two identical figures (save for some very minor paint operation differences) your kids, and you won’t want, and you paid $10 for them. Do yourself a favor. Find figures from past Hasbro lines and get those for your kids. Brick and mortar is a dying breed anyhow. There are so many other and better options online when it comes to action figures. And you will get quality for lower prices. These Mission Series sets are doing the exact opposite.

Collector Notes

Luke Skywalker And Darth Vader (Bespin)

Assortment Number: A5920/A5228

UPC: 653569896593

Retail: $9.99 USD

Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on Click here to check the market value on eBay! listings.

Luke Skywalker

Status: Luke Skywalker is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 5 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: lightsaber, blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2013

Darth Vader

Status: Darth Vader is a straight repack of the Darth Vader figure from 2013's SW [DV/ROTS] Darth Vader And Seeker Droid (Star Destroyer) (MS01) set.

Articulation Count: 5 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: lightsaber

Date Stamp: 2013

Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith] Mission Series Wave 1

Darth Vader And Seeker Droid (Death Star) (MS01)

Anakin Skywalker And 501st Legion Trooper (Coruscant) (MS02)

Battle Droid And Jango Fett (Geonosis) (MS03)

Battle Droid And 212th Battalion Clone Trooper (Utapau) (MS04)

Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith] Mission Series Wave 2

R2-D2 And C-3PO (Tantive IV) (MS05)

Obi-Wan Kenobi And Darth Maul (Mandalore) (MS06)

Han Solo And Chewbacca (Death Star) (MS07)

Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith] Mission Series Wave 3

Obi-Wan Kenobi And General Grievous (Utapau) (MS08)

Luke Skywalker And Darth Vader (Bespin) (MS09)

Darth Sidious And Yoda (Senate Duel) (MS10)

Added: June 25, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Darth Vader/Revenge Of The Sith]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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