We would be honored if you would join us…for this review. I admit I’m not one on Star Wars toys. It is an incredible rabbit hole, and I am tumbling down too many. Usually I go to Figure Fan Zero’s page to get my taste of the market. Then I saw Bandai was getting in on it, and well…here we are! So, let us take this drop together…
Out of the box, Vader is impressive. The details from the control panel, to chain on his cape look fantastic. He is primarily based on the Return of the Jedi look, with a few liberties. I am in love with the helmet. It took me back to when I first saw him enter the rebel ship at the age of three. Despite being six inches tall, this figure translates the stage presence.The cape is soft plastic, which has pros and cons. It is no where as restrictive as say, Kamen Rider Eternal’s, but still doesn’t give him all the room he should have. The cloth side skirts do move, but no where enough to allow him to kneel or take a knee. I don’t care. The black armor is gleaming, the textured cloth parts have depth…you need to hold this guy to get the effect.
Articulation is all you would expect from a Figuart, despite the clothing being restrictive. He can perform his “Dark Side Vader Kick” that was only shown in the Phillips CD Video Japanese cut of The Empire Strikes Back.
Before we get to the accessories, this must be shown/addressed. With the first run of the figure Bandai included this awesome display! It is two parts, the stage and the Death Star/Star Destroyer window and a raised stage. The stage has eight peg holes for Tamashi arms, great for say a force enhanced jump display. The window itself is a flat sterile gray, a perfect imperial back drop.
Now Vader does come with hands, but it is interesting, his left hand is your traditional peg in the arm, but his right hand, the peg is in the hand. Aside from fists we also have open hands for force choking someone with lack of faith, or reaching out to a wayward son perhaps to ask him to join in on a venture to rule the galaxy.
Finally he has a set of holding hands. Darth Vader is a Jedi after all, so he needs his weapon of choice, the light saber. Two are packaged, one just being a hilt.
You know this was in the box, and it looks fantastic. Both are well detailed, buttons looking good and…having me want to own a life size one now. Having Darth wield this weapon looks oh so right. Plus with the nuances Figuarts allow, from tweaking the wrists, elbows et al…you get a natural pose.
Finally we have the severed hand wrist! This is a great detail that I commend Bandai for including. After that, the only thing I could want would be a revealed head…but that is packaged with Luke Skywalker’s figure.
If a Star Wars fan and you have been craving something more than what Hasbro has been offering, well Bandai delivered! This is a fantastic Darth Vader, and especially if you can get the display stand, a must have. Solid A+