|Darth Vader's Star Destroyer Action Playset|
Anyway, I assume Kenner decided to produce this upon hearing that, in The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader would most frequently be seen upon the bridge of his personal Star Destroyer. It was therefore an important playset concept-- sort of like the new Death Star. But the scale didn't really work, and the action features--aside from the light-up meditation chamber--were pretty uninteresting. Still, it was a major part of Kenner's 1980 line, and the most complex playset released under the ESB title.
In contrast to the toy itself, I dig the packaging Kenner developed for it. A sharp red background on the front compliments a nice shot of the bounty hunters on the side. But I have to admit that it's pretty hilarious that a Death Squad Commander figure--one of the Empire's own--is shown being suspended from the "detention pegs." Did Kenner do this because Vader was so mean to his subordinates in ESB, or was it just a mistake? I like to think he's performing some sort of elaborate party antic, or practicing for gymnastics finals.
Prototype examples of the package for Darth Vader's Star Destroyer have surfaced which show the Leia Bespin figure in place of the Death Squad Commander. Whether this version of the box was released to stores is at this point debatable. Some collectors cite the existence of examples bearing price stickers as evidence that it was indeed sold at retail.
Judging by the loose examples (usually incomplete) that can still be found, Kenner sold a lot of these. Unused boxed examples are popular with collectors.
First Issued: 1980 (ESB packaging)
|Description by:||Ron Salvatore|
|From the collection of:||Ron Salvatore|
|Film:||Empire Strikes Back|
|Category:||Toys / Action Figure Related / Playsets|