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Review : Anakin Skywalker Wave 4 (2014) Star Wars Black Series

I think, although it is getting confusing, Anakin Skywalker is part of wave 4 of the Black Series, and is number #12 and is also the one of the last figures to come in the red trimmed box. Wave 4 also includes the Clone Trooper as well as repacks of Boba Fett and the Storm Trooper. UK distribution is still sketchy on these with specialists seeming to be the only avenue, although I have seen one story of them being located at Toys R Us in the UK and now a confirmed sighting in Smyths.

Not much to talk about packaging wise, its the usual sleek black box that the BS6 is known for. My first concern on receiving my Anakin, who was ordered rather than chosen in store, was what appeared to be some pretty bad black marks on the alternative head. However, once out of the box these wiped away easily - phew.

Anakin comes fitted with his "standard" head and the paint and sculpt on mine is spot on. The outfit is also very well done and quite intricate when you compare it to say Obi Wan's. The skirt is a very nice mix of soft goods - both cloth and some leather type material. Anakin comes with his lightsabre, which can be hung as just the hilt on his belt, or posed in either hand. Unfortunately as yet I haven't managed to get Anakin in a decent "action" pose with his light sabre, nor does it seem he can hold it in both hands without looking very odd.

The negative on this figure is the second head, the Darth Vader head which illustrates him turning to the Dark side. Paint aps on this are poor on the hair, with the flesh colour bleeding into the hair, the head also sits slightly too high on the next piece - although I have a feeling the head was designed to be looking down slightly which improves the look. With this head I wanted to replicate the look of Anakin on the steps of the Jedi Temple as he leads his clones to massacre the Jedi, so add a custom cloak and Anakin looks just the part.

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