The Black Series Archive 6-Inch Figure
Item No.: Asst. E3253 No. E4042
Includes: Alternate head, lightsaber hilt, blade
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: June 2019
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith
Bio: Anakin - now Darth Vader - turns to the Dark sde and battles Obi-Wan Kenobi in a lightsaber duel on the lava planet Mustafar. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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There's a normal head that looks a little sweaty and worn - and it's great! You get glossy eyes, a scar, subtle coloring on the lips, great eyebrows, and perfectly fine hair. Hair is hard to do well - it's gotten a lot better lately, but it remains a challenge. Anakin's heads come from before when hasbro did a lot more separately-molded plastic "wigs" for figures, so everything is painted remarkably well given that limitation. He's got a real smoldering intensity with both heads, especially the second Sith head - which is even sweatier. The hair on that head is more messed up, the cheeks are puffy with rage, and he's got glossy yellow Sith eyes. You can also tell Anakin ugly-cries. This head is why you want to buy this release of this figure - it's excellent.
It's the best Anakin from the final prequel so far, and as the prequel kids warm up to collecting these get tougher to find. Get it when you see it cheap next time. Hasbro's repaint and reissue strategy can sometimes be a bore, but in this case you can see some real improvement.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,694: May 28, 2020