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Review: Darth Vader - POTF2 [R] - Action Collection

The first modern Darth Vader Action Collection figure is terrible by today’s standards, but it isn’t without merit. See more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

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Here is something else the Hasbro Star Wars brand doesn’t need to rot at retail. Another line like this only hurts their bottom line and irritate shareholders. I have never heard of this line myself, but JTA reader mic windu found a super-sized 10″ line of Galactic Heroes called Mega Mighties. Look for it at your closest clearance aisle in a couple of weeks.

    

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The Power Of The Jedi Sith Lords (Darth Vader/Darth Maul) Action Collection set is very nice. See why this is so in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

Sith Lords (Darth Vader/Darth Maul)

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TARGET.com has listed the Darth Vader (Prototype Edition) figure. The figure goes on sale 7/21. Thanks to all who wrote in to let us know.

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Our next The Black Series [Phase III] Visual Guide update features BT-1 (Beetee) (88). Click below for our full guide page, and also be sure to stop by and check out our full review.

BT-1 (Beetee) (88) - The Black Series

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Review: Collector Pack - ROTS - KB Toys Exclusive

What is this mess? And did you know that this set was supposed to contain two other action figures that didn’t make it? See why the Collector Pack from the Revenge Of The Sith line is perplexing. It’s the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

Collector Pack

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Review: Anakin Skywalker - TBSA - Six Inch Figure

NEW FIGURES! Let’s continue with The Black Series Archive Anakin Skywalker. He’s never looked better! See more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

Anakin Skywalker

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Review: BT-1 (Beetee) - TBS6 [P3] - 88

NEW FIGURES! Let’s begin with BT-1 (Beetee) from The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line. Are you going to want it? Probably. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

BT-1 (Beetee)

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Take a Comparative Look at The Many 6" Vaders

I’ve started down the rabbit hole of Marvel Legends figures recently, so I’ve started following The Fwoosh for news in that regard. They write the occasional Star Wars article as well, and today they posted a wonderful video about all the various 6″ Darth Vader figures on the market. In addition to reporting the news of an upcoming Figuarts Vader, we have reviewed several Darth Vader figures in great detail, so click through for The Fwoosh’s video as well as links to our reviews.

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Now this is certainly somewhat odd. Reworked versions of a Return of the Jedi Darth Vader and A New Hope Stormtrooper will soon be put on pre-order by SH Figuarts. Magazine scans of the two figures have appeared in the wild. This takes SH Figuarts full circle, since these two were the first to be released in the SHF Star Wars line. However, both original figures had serious shortcomings. The original ROTJ Darth Vader was too short, had a very stylized sculpt and a tiny head. Even worse, the unmasked Vader head only came with the Return of the Jedi Luke. It seems the new Vader is based on the A New Hope Vader which corrected some of the mistakes of the previous Vader but still had some issues, like a somewhat inaccurate helmet sculpt and awkward cape. It remains to be seen if SHF reworked the helmet sculpt once more for this release. The feature to remove the helmet dome is certainly all new. The unmasked head certainly looks gorgeous and it might be something you’d want to get if you want to replace Sad Puppy Vader from the Black Series. The Stormtrooper seems to be based on the Rogue One sculpt which is still inaccurate, the crotch piece is much too large (or the belt sits too high). But you get superior articulation in return. And the helmet sculpt has been very much improved compared with the original Stormtrooper. Anyway, it’s still a weird choice to retool / revise previous figures instead of releasing any of the other all new prototypes. Like the Empire Strikes Back Pilot Luke or Crait Luke, however the latter may still be announced soon, see the previous article! Are you interested in an SHF ROTJ Vader and ANH Stormtrooper at all? Or are these figures an easy pass? Let us know in the comments!

UPDATE: Official promo photos added! Click through to see them!

SH Figuarts Magazine Scan

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Darth Vader - SW - 1978

Do you need the Retro Collection NOW? eBay seller tunghori has them for $9.99 and Grand Moff Tarkin for $14.99! Get them while you can if you’re interested!

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YouTube Channel FXitinPost has released their very own reimagining and recreation of the duel on the Death Star between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. While the original duel was quite static and short, this reimagined duel adds many new scenes and is more in line with what we saw in the prequels or in Rogue One. Some of the CGI  does look a bit wonky here and there (this is made by fans who don’t have the budget of ILM), but the overall result is quite impressive. How do you like this reimagined scene?

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Visual Guide Update - Darth Vader - Retro Collection

Up next for our Retro Collection Visual Guide updates is Darth Vader. Click below to visit our full Visual Guide. You can also check out our full review of this figure right here.

Darth Vader - Retro Collection

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Review: Darth Vader - RC - Basic

We’re continuing our look at the first wave of the Retro Collection! Let’s move right along with Darth Vader complete with ALL NEW IMAGES ADDED including figure and weapon comparison shots, new displays with vintage Kenner playsets and vehicles, and updated galleries and Collector Notes. This might be the best of the first wave. See more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

Darth Vader

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We have a sneak peek of the first wave of Retro Collection figures for you to see. I love these things. But what a shame that Hasbro didn’t launch this line for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. I hope they take the line as far as possible. Droids, Ewoks, unproduced vintage Kenner figures are only the beginning. And I would LOVE to see 1985 The Power Of The Force figures added as well. Right now they’re exclusively available at TARGET beginning May 12th, but they will have more widespread availability later this year in the Fall. Check them out and leave your thought about them in our review pages!

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TVC Repack Wave Back In-Stock on Amazon!

The Vintage Collection repacks with new “photorealistic” deco are BACK IN STOCK at Amazon!! A couple of them have “used-good” options if you were planning on opening them anyway.

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Click HERE for Han Solo (Echo Base)
Click HERE for Luke Skywalker (Endor)
Click HERE for Princess Leia (Hoth)

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The Original Trilogy Collection Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter was the first release of this vehicle since 1997’s The Power Of The Force “2” release (and also a Toys R Us exclusive). It comes with a Darth Vader pack-in figure too. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

Darth Vader's TIE Fighter

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Well, this is interesting. JTA reader bnicks87 sent me an image PROVING that the re-released TVC Darth Vader (VC08) figure has a running change. Our sample featured a two-piece removable helmet (dome/faceplate and collar), but bnicks87’s sample came with the original three-piece helmet. It looks as if only the earliest examples have the “Evolutions” helmet. Dang, it. I shouldn’t have opened mine.

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So far, most Galaxy of Adventures shorts have been pulling from big screen canon. Their latest video, while not directly citing it as a source, seems to come straight from the Vader Down comic (mixed in with a reference to Rebels). Seeing it in animated action is pretty impressive!  Full Story

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The Vintage Collection Darth Vader Photo-Real Confirmed!

This once European, and now US online, exclusive (?) is starting to show up overseas (Hong Kong). Our friends over at JediBusiness have posted some photos from Facebook detailing the wonderfully printed faces of these figures. One thing we weren’t sure about was whether Darth Vader received the photoreal treatment, but wonder no more! Find the answer here.

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The new The Vintage Collection “repacks” are on TARGET’s website too. Remember, all of the human-faced figures are updated with “photorealistic” technology. Currently, all figures are sold out. Eagle-eyed collectors will notice that the names on 75% of these changed from their original release in 2010. Click any image below to be taken to that figure’s product page. Special thanks to JTA reader Mark for the alert!

  

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Love them or hate them, this is the wave that revitalized Star Wars collecting. We’ve updated all 9 figures from The Power of the Force [Red] wave 1 in our Visual Guides. You can click each image below to check out the newly updated Visual Guides for each figure, and you can also check out reviews of all of these figures in our Research Droids Reviews database.

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi - POTF2 [Red] - Basic Figures   C-3PO - POTF2 [Red] - Basic Figures   Chewbacca - POTF2 [Red] - Basic Figures

Darth Vader - POTF2 [Red] - Basic Figures   Han Solo - POTF2 [Red] - Basic Figures   Luke Skywalker - POTF2 [Red] - Basic Figures

Princess Leia Organa - POTF2 [Red] - Basic Figures   R2-D2 - POTF2 [Red] - Basic Figures   Stormtrooper - POTF2 [Red] - Basic Figures

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For tonight’s Visual Guide update we are posting the final Gunner Station from the POTF2 [Green/Freeze Frame] line. Click below to check out the TIE Fighter With Darth Vader set. You can also check out additional details and gallery images in our full review right here.

TIE Fighter With Darth Vader - POTF2 [Green/Freeze Frame] - Gunner Station

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The Power Of The Force “2” [Green/Freeze Frame] Gunner Station sets are alright. Let’s finish it up with the TIE Fighter With Darth Vader set. It’s the best of the three, and the focus of our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

TIE Fighter With Darth Vader

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