Hasbro revealed Darth Vader at this years New York Toy Fair 2014 and even went so far as to make The Black Series 6″ reveals in shadow boxes this year creating more of a hype. The 6″ line has had its ups and downs this past year but for the most part they’ve released some pretty great figures so far.
Darth Vader has been a much anticipated release in the 6″ scale as he is the most recognized face in the Star Wars brand. This figure for the most part is disappointing as it doesn’t exactly “wow” us as it should have considering the scale and the hefty $19.99 price tag. For the most part, Darth Vader is movie accurate and he has a removable helmet, cloth goods cape, and the chain around his neck. There are also some aspects like the wide hips, helmet quality, chest box, and soft-goods cape that have issues.
Availability: October 2014
Sculpt & Paint:
Darth Vader is an all new sculpted figure and based (to some extent) on his movie appearance. Some minor tweaking needs needs to be done on the and the helmet should have been painted metallic black with black eyes instead of the red eyes that this figure has. The soft-goods cape is too long, the chest box and belt are not the high level of standards that they should be, the piece above it that has the cape sewed in place also lacking the quality we were expecting, and his fingers seem too short.
To be fair, Darth Vader is also an eye catcher and none of our complaints are noticeable from across the room. Even the soft-goods cape has a weight sewed at the ends and the quality is very good, but it’s still too long.
Darth Vader is painted in black with a black rubber belt, and red, blue, green, silver, and white painted buttons on his chest box and belt.
Ball-jointed head, ball-jointed shoulders, hinged-swivel elbows, hinged-swivel wrists, ball-jointed waist, ball-jointed hips, swivel thighs, double hinged knee, hinged-rocker ankle.
Lightsaber hilt, Lightsaber blade, Helmet (2 pieces).
Darth Vader is a decent figure but Hasbro has the keep the standard for this line up otherwise people will just stop buying it. The first couple of waves were learning curves (which the characters should had been perfected and we’re not sure why Hasbro let quality control slip past them).
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