Star Wars Dagobah Vader
Another new figure in the latest assortments is Darth Vader from the
planet Dagobah. However, as everyone will recall, the vision that
Luke had of Vader on Dagobah was actually himself.
This figure is part of the latest wave of Collection 1 currently
hitting Walmart, Target and Meijers predominately. At about seven
bucks most places, we're still getting ripped off.
Packaging - **1/2
Nothing new to say - decent packaging but nothing special. There is
one important point with this figure though - if you don't open one up,
you'll never get the real enjoyment from this particular version. On
the card he looks like just another Vader, but he's so much more this
Sculpting - ***
Remove the face plate and voila! It's Luke! The headsculpt is fairly
decent, and the overall body is well done. Another nice feature of
this version is that the entire body is done in translucent black plastic,
giving him that ghostly look from the Dagobah sequence.
Articulation - ***1/2
Oh my God, they've articulated a figure! Rather than being stuck
with the usual 5 points or less, this time Hasbro went all out. Neck
articulation (and the head is removable), shoulder, elbow, forearm, waist,
and hips give him a whopping ten points. The only thing missing is
the knees, but considering the decent pose they've sculpted, it's not too
much of a problem. He stands well, and with the extra arm
articulation can handle his light saber in a number of ways.
Accessories - ***
I'm being considerate here, since the only real accessories are the
lightsaber and the silly paper card. But if you include the
transulcent removable cape, the removable mask and the fact that even his
head is removable, you get quite a bit better score in the accessories
Value - ***
Most of the new figures aren't worth the seven bucks they're
charging. This one isn't quite worth it either, but it's pretty damn
close. This figure is certainly a better value than most of the
others in the current Collection 1 and Collection 2 sets. If you can
find it at a retail store for around $6, you'll be even more pleased.
Overall - ***
When I first heard about this figure, I wasn't particularly excited.
But now I've changed my tune, and can recommend this particular version of
Vader to any Star Wars fan.
Thanks to James and Chris DeYonke for letting me photo
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford