STAR WARS: GALAXY OF ADVENTURES (HASBRO)
If there’s a face of Star Wars, it’s pretty undeniably Darth Vader. Guy kind of made the franchise, being easily the most marketable character in the bunch. So, pretty unsurprisingly, Vader is pretty much a lock for every new style product launch. There’s a Vader for everyone. Understandably, this means that even the newly launched Galaxy of Adventures line also has a Vader as one of its three OT characters at launch. That’s the figure I’ll be taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Darth Vader is the last of the basic release figures for Wave 1 of Galaxy of Adventures. He’ll be one of the four figure carrying forward to Wave 2, a good fit, given the overall OT-bend of the second line-up. Standing 5 3/4 inches tall, Vader is the second tallest figure in the line-up, and he has 23 points of articulation. Vader’s articulation is somewhat restricted by his design (as is the case with pretty much all Vader figures), so he’s a little stiffer than the other figures in the line-up. However, while he’s not going to be doing any crazy kung-fu moves or anything, there’s plenty of far more Vader-esque poses you can get him into. Also, I will say I was particularly impressed by the range of motion on the neck, an area where most Vader figures tend to be lacking. While other sculpts in the line are rather stylized, Vader’s is the first one to really fully take advantage of the style to push some of his character aspects a bit further. Vader’s always daunting in size and an imposing figure, but for this one he’s actually like twice the size of Rey and Finn, with super broad shoulders, and a quite impressive silhouette. This is a very good example of getting all of the base elements for a character design and just really ramping them up to get that really cool, almost mind’s eye take on the character. Also, like Chewbacca, he really seems to push that Genndy Tartakovsky feel, and I am again all about that. Boy does this guy look like a bad guy, which is, you know, what you want out of a Vader design, I suppose. Vader’s paintwork is fairly cleanly handled. All of the important details are there, and the application’s good. There’s some variation to the finish on the various blacks, which looks nice. He’s packed with his lightsaber, which is the usual fair. He also features a “Force Slash” feature built into his waist, which again is pretty non-intrusive.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Vader was honestly pretty high on my list for this line, because he’s typically a fairly good trial run type of character (which is why I have his Mashers figure). I knew I wanted him, but I didn’t know when. Turned out “at the same time as all the others” was the answer, thanks to Super Awesome Wife’s intervention. Vader may well be the line’s star figure. I mean, I like them all a lot, don’t get me wrong, but Vader’s translation into the line’s style just really ends up working, and he ends up as the most striking individual design in the set. I can foresee a lot of people just having a Vader and no one else from the line. Whatever the case, I do hope the strength of this particular figure might help to get some more of the old school fans to give this line a try, because it’s honestly the best Star Wars offering Hasbro’s got out there right now, and I’d like to see it succeed.