Darth Vader Vintage Kenner 12″ Scale Action Figure – Review

Darth Vader 14″ tall – produced 1978 by the now defunct toy company Kenner.

Ratings: (Scale 0-5)

  • Displayability: 4
  • Articulation: 2
  • Assembly Ease: N/A
  • Character Likeness: 3
  • Overall Quality: 3

You don’t purchase the vintage Star Wars 12″ action figure lines with the hopes of getting a super articulated toy – it’s just not going to happen. This line of figures was extremely limited and for the characters produced that were not human, Kenner used the exact same process to produce the larger scale figures as it did for the 3 3/4″ scale toys.

Vader can be moved in 5 places – at the neck (head can swivel side to side and around,) both arms lift straight up over head and out to the sides – they are controlled by rubber bands inside the toy’s body cavity. Legs are the same – they can be moved up straight and then out to the sides.

Vader’s face is nicely sculpted as is the breast plate, hands, and boots. The rest  of the body is sort of lacking. The figure never came with any sort of skirt wings, only a nylon cape that ties around the neck. Cape does not fully reach his feet, nor does it fully encompass his entire body. Lightsaber is single pieced and made of plastic. They are rare. Entire figure is composed of plastic – although the body is sculpted to look like fabric, the effect doesn’t work.

Overall – the vintage figures always make me happy – they remind me of my childhood and hours playing w/ their 3 3/4″ cousins. At least scale-wise, Darth Vader was taller than the human dolls, making him more film accurate. One last bonus – Vader can stand alone on his feet without any assistance from stands or whatever else that you might wish to use for keeping your dolls vertical.


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