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This Holiday Darth Vader was released individually carded and was sold exclusively through StarWarsShop.com in late 2005 during The Original Trilogy Collection. The packaging however was special - and featured a red "vintage-style" border and a red Star Wars logo.
The figure has a total of seven swivel joints. Movable parts include the head - both arms - the upper right arm - the right wrist and both legs. The figure balances out OK even without adjustable ankles and knees - but Hasbro included a cool looking Holiday base where Vader can be placed on. The only weapon included was Vader's lightsaber - which fits well into both of the figure's hands. The removable plastic cape is a good fit and stays well attached around Darth Vader's neck. The right hand can be removed - but why display a holiday figure without a hand?
Hasbro vac metalized Holiday Vader entirely in red. That is a lot of red. It's well done for sure - but it certainly doesn't have the same charming appeal as Holiday Yoda - the Holiday Jawas or the Holiday R2-D2 and C-3PO set. The figure wasn't very well received by collectors - and it marked the last Holiday Star Wars figure which Hasbro released as of this review (2010). It's still a mystery why Hasbro chose to release a holiday figure which wasn't based on any well-known artwork - if any artwork at all. The included Christmas card shows Vader building a snow stormtrooper - which certainly would have made for a much more fun figure. All in all - this Holiday Vader is pretty unique (*cough *ugly *cough) - but makes for a fun conversation piece when on display during the holidays.
It is a festive time for the Empire. After a rough year of crushing Rebel uprisings - terrorizing the Outer Rim - and choking incompetent underlings - Darth Vader decides that even a Dark Lord of the Sith needs to give in to the fun side of the Force.
Donning his most celebratory red armor - he leads his Imperial forces to the ice planet of Hoth for some much-deserved holiday festivities. Vader uses his lightsaber and mastery of the Force to create the most detailed ice sculptures in the Galactic Empire - from TIE fighters to star Destroyers. He even gives new meaning to "snowtroopers" by creating an army of troopers from snow.
Thanks to Vader's expert planning - this year's Hoth Holiday Bash is primed to be the best the galaxy has ever known.