Star Wars Movie Realization Samurai General Darth Vader

Star Wars Movie Realization Samurai General Darth Vader

That’s a mouthful of a name for a toy. But if you’re confused what it is after reading that, your reading comprehension skills are frighteningly low.

Anyway. This review is going to talk specifically about the first release of this figure. The biggest differences are the emblem on his helmet and toward the bottom of his skirt. The newer one has a big gold approximation of the Death Star for a hood ornament and frankly, I don’t dig it. The newer version also comes with an extra sword but that’s not enough of a reason for me to buy it.

What does this Vader come with? A lit lightsaber katana deal as well as an unlit saber hilt. He also comes with four sets of hands: fists, splayed (for jazz hands or frustration poses, I guess?), choking, and saber grips. And that’s about it. After opening Boba Fett first, it seems a little light. But really, what else would you give Vader? Apparently another sword but that just seems unnecessary. He’s the baddest dude around—he only needs the one.

Articulation is similar to that on Boba in that it’s plentiful and not hidden. For some reason it seems a little more restricted than on Boba. I just had a harder time getting Vader into the poses I wanted for some reason.

He still looks pretty. I mean, figuratively speaking. The design of his helmet and facemask makes it look like he’s got teeth and either can’t shut his mouth or he’s perpetually screaming. So he’s ugly. But it’s a well done ugly. The rest of his sculpt is fantastic with a variety of cool textures all over his armor. His tummy piece has the control box from his classic armor done in a suitably era-accurate “what are these knobs even for” manner. I particularly like his boots. They’re pointy and they kind of remind me of what Sgt. Slaughter or the Iron Sheik wore during the height of their villainous infamy.

The paint appears pretty spotless as far as I can tell. No giant globs that aren’t where they’re supposed to be. And with a $90 collector figure, they frigging better be where they’re supposed to be. There’s a nice variety to his colors so he’s not just a giant blob of black on your shelf. He’s got some grays and silvers across his palette and he looks good.

I wish he was taller though. He and Boba are about the same height and Vader’s supposed to be like 7’ tall. So he should tower over his foes and minions alike. Yet here he is, not doing that. Kind of a bummer.

As cool as he is, I just don’t love him. Maybe it’s a side effect of opening Boba first and him being such a homerun. Vader’s good, by all means. But compared to Boba he’s just not AS good. Which, as reviews go, isn’t awful. I certainly like him. But I don’t see him getting a lot of repose after he hits the shelf. You do have an option to order one though, just click here!

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