I received my Vader yesterday and at first was a little disappointed. Now, you have to realize, I am so use to Hasbro size dolls that when I first saw it, I thought it was wayyyyyyy too small of a doll to do Darth Vader justice. I sat for quite a while trying to decide if I should open it or send it back so I just bit the bullet and opened it.
The figure came out of the package with little difficulty and I immediately noticed how much cape there was. It has a very flexible wire running all across the bottom of the cape to give it a nice weight and also, to be able to pose it somewhat.
The face sculpt is perfect. I realized I was so use to Big-is-better from Hasbro that it was hard to accept his smaller size head but once I realized that he would just have to be displayed away from all Hasbro dolls, I started to fiddle with this hands...
Oh those hands!! WONDERFUL!!! I had so many poses going through my head I couldn't get those things changed fast enough. They hold the saber fine and the un-lit saber can hang of the hook on his belt. Speaking of his belt this rolls right in to the bad...
The cod piece and the belt. I assumed that the belt was seperate from the chest piece since you could pop the belt from it's hole in the back, but I found out after I started to tear it from the chest piece that it is all hooked together. This is the down side since, on my Vader, that cod piece is just too high up and I can't move it down since the whole dam thing is connected. I do want to state that the costume is very nice and all but this bugs the hell out of me. I finally had to stuff him back in his box because of this.
Another point I have to make about the wonderful hands is that when you take them on and off, they don't "lock" in to place. They just slide in and out. Since I really never let him stand around with his arms down, holding his saber, I can only assume the arms will stay on.
All in all, I am sure once Luke arrives tomorrow and I put them together, I'll absolutely love him but I'm still wondering if $400.00 bucks is worth two dolls or if I should have saved it for Master Replica's rebel blaster.