Darth Vader #06

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)


The evil Sith Lord Darth Vader captures the Rebel heroes when they arrive at Bespin’s Cloud City.

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1 review for Darth Vader #06

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Back in the days when CD-ROMs were a thing, Hasbro had plans to include the technology with Bespin-themed Luke and Darth Vader figures. The Vader would have been specific to the Cloud City dinner scene, complete with a blast effect that would attach to his right hand. The Luke was eventually released as a basic figure (with a few changes) in 2002, but Hasbro neglected to release this Bespin dinner Vader or any like it until now.

    The Black Series release is based on the 2005 Evolutions body that we’ve seen so many times. It still does everything it needs to do and holds up well, but with A New Hope getting an upgraded Vader in 2012 and Revenge of the Sith getting one in 2014, it’s past time for Empire and Jedi to get their due. Anyway, this version has shinier armor than other Vaders, making the silvers pop rather nicely. The helmet is non-removable and looks properly imposing.

    The main selling point, of course, is the included blast effect. It’s similar to the ones we saw alongside Attack of the Clones in 2002 – a fitting coincidence since this figure was supposed to debut with that film’s 3D re-release. The blast includes a red blaster bolt and a yellow cascade of sparks. It’s designed to both plug into and be gripped by one of Vader’s right hands, and it’s a proper fit. Vader’s other interchangeable right hand is posed to hold Han’s blaster, which it does just as in the film. Han’s blaster is included as well, and it’s actually an accurate replacement for the 2011 Vintage Collection Bespin Han’s weapon.

    Whether or not you’ll like this Vader ultimately comes down to whether you care for scene-specific figures or not. I find it interesting to see how they’ll update characters who always look more or less the same, like Vader, the troopers, or the droids. Here they’ve done a good job at keeping things fresh, so if it even remotely appeals to you then you’ll like it. But alas, it has no CD-ROM…

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