The Black Series: Darth Vader

September 23, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Reviews, Star Wars, Toys & Collectibles | Leave a comment

Darth Vader is listed as #02 in Hasbro’s 6-inch Black Series lineup in the new extended window box with blue highlights. When first revealed, Vader looked truly awesome. In hand, he’s still pretty cool, but his mask also looks just a tad bit off.

First off, Vader comes with a big, billowing cape.

The corners have a little bit of weight to them which helps when posing the cape. Note Vader’s only accessory is his lightsaber (with detachable blade).

Here you can see the cape has a chain link around the neck. His helmet lenses are a little red. Also note the cloth robe that runs down his chest and is tucked behind his belt. You can also see along the chin line that the helmet doesn’t seal perfectly and leaves a noticeable gap.

Here’s Vader with his helmet removed. This is the classic Sebastian Shaw Vader and not Hayden Christensen.

Honestly, I’m not sure I’d ever display him unmasked. Since the helmet doesn’t fit perfectly back on, I think Hasbro should have opted for an entirely separate head for the unmasked version. They could have even included a Hayden Christensen head to cover all the bases. It’s a missed opportunity.

He definitely looks better with the mask on.

Note the posability. Like other figures in The Black Series line, there is lots of articulation. His legs have a good range of motion, and if you play with it enough, you can have him kneel before the Emperor.

Here’s Vader in action against a fellow Sith Lord.

Vader is a lot taller than Maul. Maul is a little short to begin with. Compared to a Stormtrooper, Vader is about half a head taller.

Now for a classic, Vader vs. Luke.

Since Vader’s helmet is removable, you may be tempted to put it on another figure. Unfortunately it won’t fit very well.

In the end, Darth Vader is a pretty good figure, but not perfect. His accessories are very limited, the removable helmet isn’t much of a plus, but on the plus side, his articulation is really good and the cloth goods turned out well. His crotch armor it wisely made out of soft rubber which helps increase his range of movement. Honestly, if they could have done the helmet just a little better (ie. a dedicated Vader helmet and an alternate unmasked helmet) this figure would have been perfect. As is, there’s some room for improvement, which could be a bad thing given how many competitors out there are working on their Darth Vaders. We’ll just have to wait and see how well Hasbro’s figure will stand up.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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