"Changes to Darth Vader".
Initially this figure had me kinda excited. Unfortunatly, like most "Deluxe" figures it fell far short of expectations.
The premise of this figure is simple enough. An Anakin Skywalker figure that turns into Darth Vader. Kinda like the 12 inch "Ultimate Villian" Darth Vader in 3 3/4 inch form.
How it works.
You take your basic Anakin figure and remove his cloak and waist belt/loin cloth thing then pop off his arms where the elbows swivel. This leaves you with an armless Anakin. Then you put Vader's belt/groin armor around his waist. Next you pop his chest armor over his torso. Pop on the shin armor and new "Vader" arms.
What you are left with is an Anakin head with mostly Darth Vader armor. Now for the final step. Packaged next to Anakin is the familiar Helmet and cloak of Darth Vader. You simply push Anakin's head down into his chest and the Vader Head "locks" in place via a weak clip that is supposed to keep Anakin's spring loaded head down.
The gimick - Poorly executed. The armor is well sculpted, but the shin armor is bulky when attatched and it makes him feet look small. The arms look OK, but you can still see him brown tunic on the upper arms. The belt/groin armor pretty well hides his brown thighs. The head does not stay on easily, mine kept poping off. Overall - F
The Sculpt - OK, the sculpt is not bad, but it could be better. Anakin is a bit weaker, his head is fixed and has no artuculation, unless you count pudshing down into his chest as articulation. Vader's armor looks much better. Overall - B-
In the end this is a cool looking figure, in the package. As a toy it has no real playability and the gimick does not work very well. If you want an Anakin Skywalker figure that transforms into Darth Vader, you will be much better off buying the 12 inch Ultimate Villian.
I also recommend that if you decide to buy one of these, that you buy the one with the armor displayed on the side of the package, instead of at the bottom, so that you can actually see it. The armor sculpt is pretty good and worth being able to see.
SK99 says, if you planned on buying one of these to open...save your money and put it towards the 12 inch figure.