Galaxy of Adventures 5-Inch
Item No.: Asst. E3016 No. E6265
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: October 2019
Appearances: Star Wars?
Bio: As a Sith Lord, Darth Vader turned against his former comrades and hunted the surviving Jedi into near extinction. He became an enforcer of the Galactic Empire, who worked to crush the Alliance to Restore the Republic for opposing his Sith Master's will. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The lightsaber is thicker than usual, with a big handle. It feels more substantial than the larger 6-inch action figure lightsabers but it has a non-removable blade. It's good - Hasbro did well here. Vader's cape is non-removable, but it's flexible enough that it doesn't get in the way of action posing the figure. Hasbro did a good job engineering this one.
Thanks to the big boots, wide-ranging hip joints, and rocker ankles, you'll have no problems getting cool poses out of this one. I would give this as gifts to fair-weather fans that just want a toy Darth Vader for their desks. The vinyl cape hangs better than the cloth one, and he seems to be a bit more balanced than the 6-inch The Black Series action figure line. The spring-loaded waist gives a decent and unobtrusive slashing action, but the codpiece is wide enough to prevent the figure from seating, even though the capes are cut in a way that doesn't hinder movement. As such, Hasbro will have to make a new one if we ever see a TIE fighter in this scale.
As its own animal, I'd strongly recommend this figure. It's sturdy, $10, and more or less all the Darth Vader you need as a fan. Collectors are already covered - but I would like to see Hasbro apply this articulation (and frankly, price point) to 6-inch or 3 3/4-inch figures to see if we can get something even better. By trying something new, Hasbro escaped the bounds of comparisons to previous toys too much - this is its own thing. It's a new collection. Your kids will probably like it, until they realize all the weird characters are in another scale.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,643: December 3, 2019