The Force Awakens 2-Packs
Item No.: Asst. B3955 No. B3959
Includes: Lightsaber, Force launcher thing, Ahsoka Tano with accessories
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: September 2015
Appearances: Star Wars: Rebels
Bio: Intent on eliminating the scattered survivors of the Jedi Order, Darth Vader ruthlessly hunts them down across the galaxy. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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What's particularly interesting are the engineering and features of this toy. He can stand just fine, but his legs are sadly not conducive to piloting the various TIE Fighters - I tested him in the 1990s Darth Vader model and the 2014 Inquisitor model, and his legs are too bulky to slide in the seat completely and close the hatch. The hatch will close in the 1990s version, but he's not exactly sitting. I'd love to see a grey redeco (with a revised seat) for this figure, because the Rebels sequences where we see Darth Vader pilot his ship are some of the most thrilling space battles I've seen in years. Another notable feature on both Vader and Ahsoka are little hooks on their hips, presumably to store lightsaber hilts. These aren't included, and there are no signs of any holes in their weapons to store them here. It's clearly a vestigial tail of sorts, and sadly we are not privy to the missing accessories - perhaps Hasbro will include those over the wacky action weapons in a future repack of one or either figure. As it is, you probably won't ever se the hook unless you pop off the cape. It just sort of gets in the way.
I like it. It doesn't look a ton like my other Vaders, but the vehicle compatibility issue does irk me. Hasbro will probably have to deliver a new version of the ship - I hope they do, given how great the Inquisitor's model turned out to be - and I'd recommend this set to everybody. It looks cool on your desk, it has an Ahsoka in it, and it's $15. And you can use the plug-ugly son of a disc launcher to knock over other, lesser toys. I got my money's worth, but I'd be much happier if Hasbro could've deep-sixed the action accessories. I wouldn't bat an eye.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,219: October 20, 2015