There’s an ongoing joke here at IAT that theme weeks spell doom. Whenever I try to have a little fun, maybe do some extra reviews, or give myself a larger goal than just posting a few reviews – something bad happens. We saw it last week with Absorbing Man Week and the site crashing.
This week, we’re reviewing Star Wars Exclusives all week (to coincide with our Entertainment Earth Giveaway). My doubling down on two theme weeks in a row must’ve angered the review gods. Both Sam & my wife got very sick on Sunday into Monday and then passed it on to me for yesterday. While I was waiting for the sweet release of death, or you know to just not have to live in the bathroom for the rest of my life, there really wasn’t time to get a review in there.
I feel better this morning though and as I’m washing all the clothes and bedsheets from the last few days, I snagged some pictures of the recent Walgreen’s Exclusive Darth Vader. This figure, “Emperor’s Wrath” Vader depicts our intrepid villain as he finds the light within himself and attacks the Emperor to save Luke at the end of Return of the Jedi.
He’s very similar to the original release, with two noticeable differences: his head and his right hand. The original Vader was ostensibly a ROTJ Vader based on the smaller details, so it makes sense that most everything would be carried over.
His right hand is the simpler change of the two. It pops off now and some red & blue circuitry details have been painted at the joint to replicate what we saw in the film. It’s a small detail, but I love the extra painted details there. It’s still clearly a peg hole on an articulated joint, but I appreciate the effort to do more than just have it pop off and not think twice about how it looks. I do lament the loss of the ball-joint though. I think they could’ve done both.
The head is entirely new and it’s pretty amazing. The first thing is the sculpt itself. It’s so much better than the basic release. The removable helmet feature was cool, but somewhere in the process, that helmet got a little mucked up. It looked wide and Vader ended up with big, doughy sad eyes. That’s not really a thing you want on your dark lord action figures. This new head sculpt is difficult to really study since it’s clear purple, but I imagine a few customizers will or already have painted up this head is a gloss black and I bet it looks spiffy. Continue to Page 2…