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Hot Toys Darth Vader Return Of The Jedi - 40th Anniversary
Hot Toys are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Return Of The Jedi with a new Darth Vader 1/6th scale collectible figure.
This is another stunning piece by Hot Toys, with an incredible head sculpt and fan service Deluxe edition.
There is so much to like here for Star Wars fans, read on to find out more.
Price & Editions
Two editions will be available at launch, the Collector and Deluxe editions, expected to ship between July and December 2024.
|Edition Type||Expected Shipping Date||Price||Preorder|
|Collector Edition||Jul 2024 - Dec 2024||$300||Preorder now|
|Deluxe Version||Jul 2024 - Dec 2024||$345||Preorder now|
The figure is feature-packed, with only one difference between the two editions.
|Features||Collector Edition||Deluxe Version|
|Authentic and detailed likeness of Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi||✅||✅|
|1 newly developed head sculpt with sculpted scars and separate rolling eyeballs||✅||✅|
|1 newly crafted helmet with detachable outer helmet||✅||✅|
|1 translucent black coloured helmeted head (power operated)||❌||✅|
|Specialised body with over 30 points of articulation||✅||✅|
|Approximately 35 cm tall||✅||✅|
Firstly, we are finally getting a 1/6th scale Return Of The Jedi Darth Vader from Hot Toys. The unmasked Vader head sculpt is beautiful, on the same level as the upcoming Hot Toys Spider Man No Way Home figure.
The rolling eyeballs are another great feature, adding more realism to your poses. The newly crafted helmet looks excellent too, with the detachable outer.
The interchangeable LED light-up head is a nice fan service to the Emperor Palpatine electrocution scene, exclusive to the deluxe edition. It's a nice fan service piece, but it's likely not the head that you will use to display the figure (more on that later).
Taking a closer look at Vader's costume, both editions share the same features, complete with USB-powered light-up chest and belt panels.
|Costume||Collector Edition||Deluxe Version|
|1 Darth Vader armour and suit||✅||✅|
|1 black cape||✅||✅|
|1 newly crafted chest panel with LED light-up function (red light, power operated)||✅||✅|
|1 system function belt with LED light-up function (white light, power operated)||✅||✅|
|1 pair of calf armours||✅||✅|
|1 pair of black boots||✅||✅|
Darth Vader also comes with a USB-powered red lightsaber, including a red-coloured blade in motion, and 12 interchangeable gloved hands, available in both editions.
|Accessories||Collector Edition||Deluxe Version|
|1 LED-lighted red lightsaber (red light, power operated)||✅||✅|
|1 lightsaber hilt||✅||✅|
|1 red-coloured lightsaber blade in motion (attachable to the hilt)||✅||✅|
|1 pair of relaxed hands||✅||✅|
|1 pair of lightsaber holding hands||✅||✅|
|1 pair of hands for holding belt boxes||✅||✅|
|1 pair of Force-using right hands||✅||✅|
|2 pieces of gesture hands||✅||✅|
|1 right hand without palm||✅||✅|
|1 left fist||✅||✅|
|LED-lighted circular figure base (power operated) with Star Wars logo and character nameplate||✅||✅|
|2 figure base arms (attachable to circular figure base)||❌||✅|
|Specially designed staircase diorama base||❌||✅|
|1 lightning effect accessory||❌||✅|
The Deluxe version includes the diorama base, 2 figure base arms and lightning effect accessory.
The diorama base is ok, it doesn't blow me away, especially as it's not to scale. I do think the Deluxe version is worth it for the additional 2 figure base arms, which allow you to display both helmets, along with unmasked Vader. This is the best presentation of the figure in my opinion.
The lightning effect accessory is a bit of a gimmick, I'm not sure it goes too well with the light-up head, but it's down to personal taste. The light-up head looks good displayed on the base arms without it.
Is It Worth it?
Any fan of Darth Vader will want to pick this one up.
Of course, there is another excellent Darth Vader available to pre-order, the Hayden Christensen version from Obi-Wan Kenobi. The cracked masked with another incredible head sculpt and rolling eyeball makes that an excellent choice.
The ideal scenario is to get both, but what if you could only get one? I would probably lean towards this classic Return Of The Jedi version, but it's a tough call to make.
You certainly won't go wrong with whichever one you decide to go with.
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