40th Anniversary Collection 6-Inch Figure Legacy Pack
Item No.: No. C1626
Includes: Lightsaber, display stand
Action Feature: n/a
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: In a misguided attempt at saving the life of his wife and unborn child, Skywalker betrayed the Jedi, pledging himself to the teachings of his former confidant and friend, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (secretly the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious), thus becoming the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Palpatine shortly thereafter ended the war, destroyed the Jedi Order, and declared himself Galactic Emperor. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The articulation of a figure in The Black Series seems to be pretty much always the same - about 26 points of articulation is now normal, making Hasbro's Star Wars line better than most of what Mattel releases but not always as good as Hasbro's own Marvel Legends offerings. Marvel's figures are more likely to have double-jointed elbows, while Hasbro has seemingly given them up for Lent and decided to stick with it for the long haul. I love the color of the silver bits on his armor, the bright green and red lights, and that the gloves and boots are glossy while the "fabric" parts are a bit more dull. The quilted pattern looks wonderful, and he has no problems standing or holding his lightsaber. This is crucial.
The diorama itself is nice, with the ability to connect multiple ones together. The foot pegs are all the same size, which is almost good - if you'll recall, Hasbro didn't have a consistent foot peg size until after the third wave and they still haven't quite nailed it. As such, some figures don't take to the pegs too well. And yes, this includes the Stormtrooper. And C-3PO, whose foot holes are too shallow. It's pretty though - just be very very careful when applying the Star Wars label. I screwed mine up. I'll probably buy another one at some point and try again, because I'm a dunce.
I'd say it's good enough for $40. For less than that, you positively need to buy more than one - the figure's worth $20-$25, the diorama's no slouch for $15 or so. It also has a reversible backdrop, so really you may as well get at least two of them. I love the overall concept, but I doubt anybody would've minded Vader being sold individually - hopefully Hasbro boxes him later so even more people can have access to this figure. For the price, I really like what Hasbro delivered.
Collector's Notes: This is a weird one - a carded Darth Vader figure to finish your set of the original 12 is sold in the Legacy Pack, which has a diorama in it. So you have to buy this boxed thing, open it, and remove a carded figure from inside it. I'd advise buying at least two of this set, especially since you might want more dioramas. I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,361: April 17, 2017