Figure Review: Darth Vader (POTF2)

Figure Review: Darth Vader, Power of the Force (POTF2, 1995) | Green Card Back

Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: Lightsaber, Removable Cape
Appears in: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi

Card Back: Once known as Anakin Skywalker, expert pilot and hero, Vader studied the ways of the Force under young Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. His impatience with the Jedi training made him susceptible to the dark side, which corrupted him as he gave in to his anger and aggression. Vader was almost killed in a confrontation with Kenobi, and was forced to adopt his current life support systems and fearsome body armor.

No OT Star Wars action figure line would be complete without Darth Vader and POTF2 was no exception. As surely as he adorned the card back, Vader took his place among the very first collection of figures…

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Figure Review: Luke Skywalker (POTF2)

Luke Skywalker Power of the Force (1995) Figure Review | Green Card Back

Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: Lightsaber, Grappling Hook Blaster
Appears in: A New Hope

Card Back: Raised by his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru on their Tatooine moisture farm, young Luke dreamed of being a pilot for the Rebel Alliance. He realized his destiny after being saved from the Tusken Raiders by the mysterious Obi-Wan Kenobi, who told him of his past and began to teach the boy the ways of the Force. When the Empire killed Luke’s family, he and Kenobi set off to find Princess Leia, whose message hidden inside the droid R2-D2 beckoned them to join the Rebellion.

With the aid of smuggler Han Solo and his ship the Millennium Falcon, Luke and Obi-Wan saved the Princess, but at the cost of Kenobi’s life at the hands of the evil Darth Vader. His sacrifice allowed them to deliver the technical readouts for the Empire’s deadliest weapon, the Death Star, to the Rebel forces. The Rebel fleet used this information to find a weak spot in the Battle Station’s defenses and launched its attack. Luke then became a hero to the Rebellion by flying his T-65 X-Wing fighter through a furious dogfight to deliver the final blow.

They don’t make Star Wars card back bios like that anymore.

They also don’t make Star Wars figures like the 1995 Power of the Force Luke Skywalker anymore either, which is why this full-on action figure remains something of an anomaly – despite Hasbro releasing countless versions of the Tatooine farm boy since. So what makes the POTF2 Luke Skywalker so unique?

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Figure Review: Han Solo in Endor Gear

Han Solo in Endor Gear from Star Wars POTF2 (1997) | Green Card Back

Power of the Force, 1997

Accessories: Blaster Pistol
Appears in: Return of the Jedi

Card Back: Han Solo commanded a strike force of freedom fighters whose mission it was to sabotage the Imperial shield generator protecting the new Death Star. However, a surprise visit from some of Endor’s native Ewoks appears to present an uncalculated setback.

Han Solo in Endor Gear became a bit of a running joke to me personally, as long after The Phantom Menace had been and gone there were still several sitting in my local Woolworths, covered in dust with bubbles starting to yellow.

That created a stigma towards the figure for me. Surely, it must be rubbish if no-one’s bought it, right? How is he going to sit in the Tydirium cockpit with that solid trench coat? How am I ever going to afford a Tydirium in the first place? Such questions must have plagued me for all of about thirty seconds before I went to look at the AOTC Saga figures instead.

I recently picked up Endor Han in an ROTJ eBay grab bag, and boy was I wrong: this Han Solo is a figure that was designed for some serious forest moon action.

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Figure Review: Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (Episode 1 Flashback)


Power of the Force, 1998

Accessories: Lightsaber
Appears in: A New Hope

Card Back: Legendary among the heroes of the Rebel Alliance, Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi is regarded as one of the greatest Jedi Knights ever to have lived. As a young Jedi who had just completed his own training, Obi-Wan made a solemn pledge to train young Anakin Skywalker in the ways of the Force. Anakin became a Jedi but then turned to the dark side and became Darth Vader. Many years later, destiny would have an older and wiser Obi-Wan guiding Anakin’s own son, Luke Skywalker, in the ways of the Force, and ultimately, in turning Vader back to the light side.

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Figure Review: R2-D2

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Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: N/A
Appears in: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens

Card Back: R2-D2 is a tripodal computer repair and information retrieval robot, or astromech droid. As an R2 unit, he is equipped with navigational starfighter interfaces, plus extensive sensor packages and numerous devices to facilitate in-flight repairs: laser arc welder, circular saw, grasper arm, and fire extinguisher. He communicates through information-dense chips, beeps and whistles and seems to take pleasure in causing anxiety for his neurotic companion, the protocol droid C-3PO.

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A key release for the first wave of the relaunched line, the POTF2 R2-D2 also provided the first challenge on the ‘bang-for-buck’ action figure scale as he came single carded with zero accessories. Even as a kid I was sceptical about how much I should pay for him, but as no Rebel assortment could be complete without the plucky astromech I took the bait.

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