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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Road to Solo: Darth Vader from Star Wars: The Black Series Centerpiece by Hasbro
Dimensions: 7 inches tall, 7 inches wide, 11 1/4th inches long. Vader himself stands at 6 1/2 inches tall.
Separate pieces: 2 floor pieces, door frame, "explosion", lightsaber blade, Vader's cape and skirt, Vader's legs, torso, and head, a door,
Non-Scalper Price: $50 (but shop around- I paid $20)
* There is absolutely something appealing about these Centerpiece dioramas and I definitely don't think you can tell what that is from the boxes. I really wish Hasbro would have considered releasing these in some sort of window boxes that would have enhanced the display. While Vader is made from plastic almost everything fears very sturdy and durable. This is clearly not a toy but the individual pieces are as sturdy as one.
* Vader is non articulated nor is he intended to be displayed apart from the display (he has pegs on the soles of his boots). He's still a nice looking figure, though; he kind of reminds me of the older Star Wars Epic Force or Star Wars Unleashed figures or what we'd get if someone like McFarlane Toys were releasing Star Wars figures. The sculpt is solid, the proportions are great, and the pose is pretty cool. While the set definitely seems to be Vader storming on board the Tantive IV you could also use it as Vader storming the Profundity in Rogue One.
* The detail work and paint applications are quite nice. Maybe even a little better than the standard a New Hope era Vader from the Black Series.Of course, we're talking about the difference in a figure with no articulation and no soft goods versus a solid sculpt. Still, good clean work is always appreciated.
* The headsculpt is quite good as well. It's shiny with good paint apps and slightly red lenses. They're not as red as the standard Black Series A New Hope Vader but they look fine to me. The detail on the grating over Vader's mouth is excellent, too.
* Since he's a statue, Vader comes with preposed plastic robes, just like in the good old Power of the Force II days. The skirt and cape are flowing out behind the Dark Lord of the Sith, giving him a suitably menacing appearance.
* The second light up feature is an explosion. There are lots of blaster scuffs and marks all over the visible walls on the set but this piece is intended to show a bolt actively hitting the wall. It's a translucent piece of plastic that is positioned over a light (you place it on yourself) and it flickers when you activate the light up feature. The button to activate the lights sits just above the explosion (you can see the edge of it in the picture).
* The sides of the set feature a fair amount of detail designed to look like the structural support of the ship's hallways.
* Like the Titanium Series figures, the pegs not in use can easily store underneath base of the display. Unlike the Titanium Series Vader, the pegs actually stay in place here.
* Vader's lightsaber looks great but it is really, really frustrating to put into the hilt of the lightsaber. I was very afraid that it was going to break before I got it in there. Also, why in the world does the lightsaber not light up? We had light up lightsabers in 1997 back in the Force FX series of the Power of the Force II line.
* The only problem with the composition of the set that I have is that Vader is shorter than the wall/door frame he is standing next to. There's something about that design decision that just seems really unusual to me. Why not make the door frame about an inch or two taller?
* Oddly enough, I was not able to actually get the Stormtroopers to utilize the footprints. The holes on their feet seem to be too shallow and too wide to properly utilize these pegs, which seems like a real oversight.
* I know that these are intended to be statues but, considering that Vader's head is already a separate piece that needs to be attached, it seems like adding something as simple as a balljointed head would have been a really cool idea. I'm a big fan of statues that allow for a little personalization in them
Interested in more Darth Vader stuff? I've checked out quite a few plastic renditions of Anakin Skywalker over the past few years including smaller Anakins in the Micro Machines Classic Characters pack, the Star Destroyer/ Space Fortress Transforming Action Set, and the first set of Episode 1 Micro Machines, the Black Series Titanium Darth Vader, the 6 inch Black Series Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader, the 40th anniversary Legacy Pack Vader, and the Walgreen's exclusive Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath), the Hero Mashers Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker Vs. Darth Vader 2 pack, and the Jedi Speeder with Anakin Skywalker, the Funko POP! Darth Vader [Bespin] #158, and the Hikari Minis Darth Vader.