The Force Awakens "Dollar Store" 6-Inch Figure
Item No.: Asst. B3946 No. B3952
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: Fall 2015
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: Darth Vader is a ruthless agent of the dark side, but Luke Skywalker believes a good man still lives beneath the Dark Lord's mask. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Like the others, this 6-inch figure has a jointed neck, shoulders, and waist. At this time, he's the only member of the Galactic Empire in this format - the line heavily favors The Force Awakens with a smattering of classics. Vader's buttons are painted differently than other recent releases, and the details themselves seem smaller. I was surprised to see they painted his helmet lenses red, but the tips of his "mouth" were left unpainted. It's a curious decision, but given the lower prices of these figures there's little doubt that the budget dictated this.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Family Dollar. Wave 1 was international only so far (Australia, Mexico) and Wave 2 is in the USA so far. Wave 1 came in window boxes like the 12-inch figures, Wave 2 came in open "tray" boxes. They're basically scale with 6-inch The Black Series. I should note that Kanan, Vader, Han, and Luke have all-English packaging - no French, no Spanish, and that's downright unusual these days.
Day 2,258: March 10, 2016