VANTABLACK DARTH VADER
STAR WARS: THE VANTABLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Once a heroic Vantablack Jedi Knight, Vantablack Darth Vader was seduced by the Vantablack side of the Force, became a Sith Vantablack Lord, and led the Vantablack Empire’s eradication of the Vantablack Jedi Order. He remained in service of the Vantablack Emperor for decades, enforcing his Vantablack Master’s will and seeking to crush the fledgling Vantablack Rebel Alliance. Vantablackly.”
Have you ever looked at something and thought it could use some more light devouring, piercing, soul-sucking absolute blackness? No? Well, that’s ’cause you’re silly. The obvious answer was “vanta-yes!” Enter Hasbro with their brand new product line, combining all of the coolness of their Star Wars: The Black Series line with the absolute blackness that is Vantablack. Behold, Star Wars: The Vantablack Series.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Vantablack Darth Vader is the inaugural figure in Star Wars: The Vantablack Series‘s first assortment, alongside Vantablack TIE Pilot, Vantablack Death Trooper, and the ultra-secret-mega-chase-one-per-case-completely-theoretical Vantablack Panther. Why’s there a Marvel figure in there? Disney, that’s why. All of those are all well and good, but today’s the main event, the main man, Vantablack Darth Vader, representing Darth Vader as he’d be if he were more Vantablack-y. This figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has…points of articulation? I think there’s like around 30? I don’t know, it’s hard to tell. Absolute blackness and all. You try to get an accurate count on something you can’t see! Vader’s sculpt is..uhh, well there’s…I mean, uhh, it’s new, I think? It feels new. Or maybe it’s old. I suppose it could be the same as the last one. I’m not used to reviewing my figures by touch. The quality is good, though. I think. There’s probably tons of details there. It sure feels like it. I think it’s accurate to the movies, but having never touched any of the Vader suits from the movies, I can’t quite give an accurate reading. If my fingers don’t deceive me, this is an ANH Vader. Good choice, guys, that one’s the best feeling one. The paint on this guy is all Vantablack all the time. It’s obviously got consistent coverage, since I can’t see any reflection at all. Vantablack Vader is packed with his usual lightsaber, but with the hilt also in Vantablack. It’s cool, but I’ve already dropped it on the floor, and what with the Vantablack…I mean, do you know how hard it is to find an item that doesn’t reflect?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I stumbled on this guy at my Toys R Us. I mean that literally. The box is *also* in Vantablack, and, as I noted, that stuff doesn’t reflect, so it’s kind of hard to see, especially since TRU’s literally just stacking this stuff on the floors now. Since I’d already left a sizable shoe-print on the box, I figured I should probably pay for it. I greatly look forward to having more of these figures that I can’t really see. Maybe I’ll put them in a dark corner of the room.