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Monday, September 28, 2015
Action Figure Review: Luke Skywalker Vs. Darth Vader from Star Wars: Mashers by Hasbro
Height: 5 3/4 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, swivel shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, and a swivel/hinge head.
Accessories: Vader's cape, Vader's waist robe, 2 lightsabers, blaster pistol, and 2 alternate hands with Force effects.
Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars
* These figures are fun, fairly well articulated, and durable. While the shoulders are far too limited, everything else works quite nicely.
* This is a nice, stylized Vader. Looking at these I'm reminded of the Force Battlers that came out during the Episode III era. There are plenty of little details here and they're quite accurate to the film. Vader's cape and waist coat are removable so you can add them to other characters if you want. There is a single carded version of Vader available but he has two minor differences. He has a different left hand and his cape has a chain on it.
* Luke is decked out in the fatigues he wears on Dagobah and Bespin's Cloud City. Everything is pretty well in order here so this is definitely early on in his fight with Vader. This outfit always looks awesome. The Luke Skywalker likeness isn't bad, either. It's not a perfect likeness of Mark Hamill but it definitely looks like Luke.
* I love the inclusion of the Force effects on these two separate hands/ forearms. Vader has a red spiral like effect that is fairly flexible, so it can wrap around a character's weapon to yank it away from them or around a character's neck to Force choke them. Luke has a blue, swirly Force push that he can use to knock back his foes. I love these as they're really, really fun! Definitely more fun than the goofy launching Force projectiles many of the 1/18th scale action figures have had.
*Besides Vader's clothes and the Force effect hands, the set also comes with Luke and Vader's lightsabers (technically both belonging to Anakin, from a certain point of view) and a blaster pistol. The lightsabers are quite nice and I love that Vader's has a few extra paint applications on it to give it it's signature black and silver look.
* The mashing is still fun here! Of course, the first thing I wanted to do was put Luke's head on Vader's body to make a lazy boy custom of Luke's vision on Dagobah. There's plenty of other stuff you could do, however. Want Luke to lose his hand? Then rip it off, baby.
*I'll repeat this same song and dance all throughout the first series of reviews of these guys: Why in the world do they not have swivel/hinge shoulder joints? That would really increase the articulation on these guys and make them loads more fun!
* I like the idea of the open Force hands but why do they have holes in them? That would make perfect sense if they had snap on Force effects but, so far, all of the Force effects have been permanently affixed to other hands. There really is a lot of room for fun to be had with swappable Force effects so I hope Hasbro pays a bit more attention to them in future releases.
* My problem with the blaster pistol is the same problem I mentioned in the Han Solo Vs Boba Fett set: I love the look of the weapons and the blast effects but I really wish the effects were removable. Also, as mentioned above, while these figures have a peg and socket system similar to G.I. Joe Sigma 6, none of the pieces really seem designed to take advantage of it. Why not a peg on the side of the blaster to allow Luke to store it on his hip or on his back?