2015 is upon us, and that means the deluge of money falling out of Star Wars fan's pockets will begin this year as Hot Toys' line of figures starts coming out - and they're being headlined by the most gorgeous figure of the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader.
Vader is the fourth-revealed 1/6th-scale figure in the Star Wars line due out this year, and like Han, Chewie and the Stormtrooper, he cuts an incredible looking figure in this scale. Based specifically on Vader's appearance in A New Hope, the 35cm figure just looks remarkable:
Vader actually comes with a lot of cool little extras too. Aside from the hojillion alternate hands (okay, 9) to pose him, and the customary stand, he also comes with both a plain lightsaber hilt and an 'ignited' blade to attach to the hilt, filled with LEDs to make it light up - not the coolest Vader saber we've seen recently, but it's up there! The electronics don't stop there either, as Vader's chest piece actually plays the sound of him breathing when you press it too. As someone who really does not have the funds to collect Hot Toys figures, I don't know if this is a first for them, but it's a cool way of integrating one of Vader's most iconic aspects into the figure as well. And on top of that, there's the nifty inclusion of the Interrogation droid too (although it's not viewable as it's still pending licensor approval. I'm sure the estate of Doctor Ball is just playing, err... hardball.).
Vader is due for release in September, and is currently available for pre-order on Sideshow Collectibles for $300 - You hear that noise? It is as if millions of wallets suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.
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