Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars) Vintage Collection Review
The Vintage Collection (VC92), 2012
Accessories: Lightsaber, Lightsaber Hilt
Appears in: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Card Back: Celebrate the legendary Star Wars saga that changed the universe forever! This collection brings to life the incredible story of good vs evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. Iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are captured with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. May the Force be with you!
From the hyper-stylised 2003 line to the equally-stylised line based on the 2008 film and series, there are at least 23 Anakin Skywalker figures out there based on the Clone Wars era.
Yet if you’re looking for a ‘realistic’ version of young Skyguy there’s only one game in town – and that’s Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars) from The Vintage Collection.
First things first, Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars) is a strong design. The combination of his red tunic, dark robes, armour and brown accessories make a refreshing change to the usual Jedi robes. It also feels right for his character.
Whether you enjoy the source material or not, it’s a great representation of a mystical space warrior.
Anakin’s proportions are mostly spot-on, although his scrawny neck and small feet are a touch distracting. The latter doesn’t cause a big issue though, and Anakin can balance easily enough without assistance.
Soft goods are not my first choice for 3.75″ action figures, but Anakin’s four-piece skirt doesn’t look too bad. Given how limiting a plastic skirt would have been, cloth was the right choice here. It’s a bit big and prone to billowing, but it’s easy enough to get good photos with.
Speaking of getting photos, how does Anakin Skywalker pose?
For articulation we have:
- Ball-jointed neck, shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles
- Swivel wrists, waist, hips
That’s 14 points of articulation in total – the Vintage Collection standard.
Anakin’s shoulder armour looks like it should stop him from lifting his arms, but it actually slides under his torso. Realising this was one of those “oh neat!” moments that pop up every now and then in action figure collecting.
Although his elbows can’t bend any further than a near-perfect 90 degrees, he can still achieve a very good two-handed weapon grip.
My biggest complaint is the lack of ball-jointed hips. Yes, Anakin can get decent poses without them but, thanks to the soft goods skirt, he has the perfect cover for any aesthetic side-effects.
For accessories, Anakin Skywalker comes packed with both an ignited lightsaber and a lightsaber hilt. Both look good, although frustratingly there’s no way to hang the hilt on Anakin’s belt.
As you may have noticed from the pictures, the paint apps are solid but not spectacular. It’s pretty much all solid colours, the exception being a few silver details on his belt and a Jedi Order symbol on his left shoulder. Still, everything is where it should be – which is good enough.
Finally, from certain angles, the head sculpt bears enough of a resemblance to Hayden Christensen to pass.
It’s in line with the quality you would expect from The Vintage Collection, particularly from 2012. That said, it will be interesting to see if this year’s re-release of the figure uses face printing technology to improve the likeness. If it does, I could see this figure upgrading from above average to that much closer to great.
And that’s more or less my verdict on the figure.
The Vintage Collection Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars) is a well-executed action figure of a great character. With a few simple improvements, it could be a great figure in its own right – but as it is, it’s just very good.
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