“ Manufacturer: Hasbro / Age: 4 Years+ „
Aha, another Darth Vader figure. Do we need another one? The honest answer is probably not, especially as this one is not that different from all of the others. What is the unique selling point of this toy then? Well, he comes in the original style packaging, which echoes the vintage carding from the seventies. This is a fine touch which will excite purists. On the toy itself, Vader has been damaged by lightsabre sparks, hence the blue around his face and neck. Is this enough to make you want to buy it though?
The Saga Collection has resurrected old favourites, with an updated toy and old packaging, giving collectors the best of both worlds. Vader stands about four inches in height and also comes with a stand to mount him on, this gives him more support. The design of the toy is impressive, with a staggering amount of detail on his chest area and wonderful articulation to his belt area, drastically improving on the Kenner version from the seventies. Vader also looks much more imposing, with a huge bulky frame commanding your attention. He looks ready to slaughter and not all thin and gangly like the old toy.
The cape is much more sturdy too, flowing and elegant, it wraps around his body in a superb motion giving the toy real movement and charm. The head is interesting thanks to the blue sparks which wrap around it. On initial glance it looks odd, but after a while you get used to it and I guess it echoes the damage caused in the film. His red lightsabre adds further gravitas to the toy. The figure is pretty easy to buy for a few pounds online. Essential buying...possibly not, given all the other Vaders, but if you don't have a Vader it might be worth getting this one.