It appears that the 40th Anniversary Darth Vader that is reissued for the standard Black Series release (#43) is more than just a simple repack. The paint operations on the helmet have been updated significantly in order to achieve an even better likeness to the screen-used helmet by adding more silver to the neck seal portion. This makes 3 unique decos for this sculpt (red eyes, dark eyes, and dark eyes/silver neck). Click the image above for a closer look.
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Reports are coming in from coast to coast that wave 2 of the 40th Anniversary Collection is being found at Target. Black Series collector groups on Facebook and our friend Corey from First Order Transmissions reports snagging these over the extended holiday break through today.
Good luck to all those in need.
FigureShield custom-fit protective clamshells are in production and will start shipping in July. To help spread the word the are giving away 10 packs (valued at $65US each) to 3 randomly chosen entrants. Anyone is free to enter. FigureShield, LLC. will pay shipping costs to winners in the continental United States, winners from outside said area will be responsible for shipping and handling costs plus any and all import fees or customs.
For details on how to enter to win, visit their website at FigureShield.com
Twitter follower NJ_Tree sends us the above snapshot from the Toms River, NJ ThinkGeek and as you can see, there is nice supply of current Black Series figures including the much-lauded Imperial Royal Guard.
As if figure and packaging variations weren’t enough, Casey B. tipped me off to a running change for the display frame for the Darth Vader Legacy Pack. First shipments (both red and brown eye variants) included a silver double racing stripe frame. Current shipments now feature white stripes (not the music band). Click the image above that I snapped for closer look.
K & C Collectibles has added Star Wars Insider Comic Store Cover, 30th Anniversary Order 66 Action Figures and Vehicles, Trilogy Collection, Saga Vehicles, Power of the Force, Ask Yoda and Playskool Millennium Falcon. Click the NEW PRODUCTS link under the Categories Section for a complete list of recently added items.
Hasbro has sent word to distributors that open preorders/backorders for the 40th Anniversary Collection wave 1 (consisting of Han, Luke, Leia, Obi-Wan and R2-D2) will not be fulfilled as the wave has reached out of production status.
Joining all of the wave 2 card variants for the 40th Anniversary Collection, the Darth Vader Legacy Pack box has also received the text adjustment for the age recommendation – switching to all UPPER CASE. Since Target has given up the ghost on carrying this set, you can continue to find steady shipments of these hitting Walmart.
UPDATE: This text change also extends to the Darth Vader cardback inside the box making for 3 distinct carded versions:
“Red Eyes” variant – lower case text
“Dark Eyes” variant – lower case text
“Dark Eyes” variant – UPPER CASE text