The Vintage Collection 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure
Item No.: Asst. E7763 No. F4475
Includes: Lightsaber, hilt, fists
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: July 2022
Appearances: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Bio: Obi-Wan Kenobi is set years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Kenobi faced the corruption of his friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned Sith Lord Darth Vader. (Stolen from the marketing copy. There is no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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I love the deco - the face has numerous subtle silver accents that bring out the detail on otherwise dark plastic. The painted tips on the mouth are good, the glossy red eyes are great, the only thing that looks a little sloppy are the extra silver around the "coin slots" on the chest computer. There's a lot more going on here than the average Vader figure, especially when you compare him to the virtually unpainted earlier figures that enjoy a little bit of gloss on the boots and a chest computer, and not much else.
Given the price increases - we went from about $10 in 2010 to $15 today - you may be saying "this is highway robbery!" Inflation on the 6-inch figures has hit to the tune of about 25% in just a couple of years, so a 50% increase over a decade ago for the little guys sounds hard to swallow - but the figure is significantly better than Hasbro's previous best. The range of movement is better, it's easier to swing his legs to fit in a ship, it's not too hard to pose him so he won't fall over, and you get a little more gear than before with more pieces used to make the figure and more paint apps. If you are looking for the very best - this is it, right now. I would have loved a swappable damaged head or damaged chest computer, but I assume that'll follow later. For now, this is the best deluxe Darth Vader figure money can buy at this - and arguably any - Hasbro scale, and I think it's well worth the current asking retail price. I wish it were cheaper, sure, but at least it doesn't feel like anything was left off the table that wasn't a spoiler. If you are looking to upgrade your favorite Darth Vader figure, perhaps consider shelling out for one of those.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,950: August 11, 2022