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Title: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Bandit-Jedi on April 28, 2007, 11:09:17 PM
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THE STORY

Master Replicas released their product plan for 2007 and an expected and welcome reissue was listed in the Force FX line.  After 4 years the Darth Vader: A New Hope Force FX got a complete overhaul.  With the success of the Darth Vader TESB FFX it was an easy progression to remake the ANH saber.  The original TESB molds were used to make the NEW ANH FFX and present it in a more accurate form.
Now, finding out this information I was a bit unsure as I do love the quality of finish on the 2003 ANH Vader(those emitter coils!) as compared to what the new one would be.  But I did know that it was a sure thing I was going to get one.  Even though the 03 ANH saber had my heart, it wasn't without its drawbacks.  Those drawbacks were to be fully corrected with this new issue....and Thank The Maker for that!
With no announcement or mini-mention of the Vader ANH, it was released for sale on April 12, 2007 to the world.  I had already placed a standing unofficial pre-order with an Authorized Dealer so all I had to do was wait.  Two weeks after the release date, the Darth Vader ANH FFX is now in my hands.....and the POWER is unimaginable!

THE SABER OUT OF THE BOX
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The epitome of Evil so eloquently encased in the hilt of the NEW Darth Vader ANH Force FX saber.  The very fist Vader saber designed and shown onscreen to the publc...doesn't get much better than this.

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The Packaging is the same this go around as it has been for the majority of the past FX sabers.  Still very durable for shipping.

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The On/Off switch is a copy of the one on the TESB Vader.  Just slide the bubble strip on top of the control box and it activates/deactivates the saber.  The body of the ANH Vader FFX is in full on chrome mode with the main shaft of the hilt being beautifully chromed and accented with black textured trim close to that of the original MPP flashgun.  Although, I do believe this looks to be in better condition than any of the props that were used in the films.

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The Battery holder seems to be the standard issue Generation 4 setup with 3 AA's to power this powerful weapon.  Using the AA always gives the saber a bit of heft when using it and that is a good thing!

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The Battery Endcap, which unscrews quite easily, is seen here with the 2007 Lucasfilm and Master Replicas copyright stamps.  As with the Yoda, the "Made in China" stamp is there as well.  I'm guessing this will be a standard with the rest of the newer FFX's  The stamping also isn't as obtrusive on this as the others.  I'm guessing the new method of laser etching was used to apply it to not only give a more permanent stamp, but to make it less noticeable on a glance

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The shorter grips are used and are correctly sized, but as many know, are not correctly numbered.  Even though since the discovery that the ANH Vader prop had 7 grips and not 6, this has yet to carry over to the FFX line.  Small sacrifice in my book. 

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The detail around the emitter area is very nice for this newer model, but not as close as the previous ANH Vader was to the prop replica that MR produced.  More detail on that difference will be covered in the comparison.  The black textured emitter shroud is a direct clone of the one used on the Vader TESB model.  Since it is a copy the emitter coil detail was not reproduced like on the original.

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The speaker cover on the endcap is well done as to resemble what you see on the actual prop replica.  This is another exact detail carried over from the Vader TESB FX saber.

THE SABER IGNITED

In Normal Room Light
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In Low Room Light
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In Complete Darkness
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WORKING REVIEW
First thing I noticed about the new Vader is that it is HEAVY!  I'm not sure if a different, more dense metal is being used for the new ANH saber than it was for the TESB that it replaced, but it is much heavier than its predecessors.  It NOW really feels like the weapon that a Dark Lord of the Sith would weild. 
The On/Off switch works very well as it did on the other.  Not a high chance you could accidentily turn this one on or off.
The Blade is a very bright red.  About as bright as you can get with the Red LED's.  When testing the brightness against the Vader TESB, they are the same. The thickness seems to be the same so the durabiltiy of the blade is okay, but not indestructible, so be careful with this badboy!
The Sounds while they are reused Sith sounds, seem to have been redone for the better.  The sound seems a tad louder and crisper sounding than any Vader saber to date.  The ignition sound is beautifully menacing and there is a crystal clear "idle hum".
The motion sensor is exacting in its function.  The blade movements you make correspond well with the activated sounds.  There are 4 motion sounds (slow buzz, fast buzz, slash and double-slash)
The common problems of handling a Vader saber are still there with the center control box and intrusive emitter shroud making it difficult, but not impossible for tricks and spins.  Just have to become familiar with where and how to place your hand(s).

THE BOX
A quick look at the box

Top Front
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Back
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Story
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Specifications
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THE COMPARISON

2003 Vader ANH vs. 2007 Vader ANH
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The 2003 is a bit longer than the 2007 version.

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The Emitter shroud details, while close are not exact.  The 2003(left) of course has the on/off switch as the small black button.  The 2007 retains the TESB silver finish on the knobs rather than being the shiny silver on the 2003 version

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There are minute differences with the ANH details that were applied to the TESB body of the 2007 version.  The holes where the wires were are now filled with a detail that isn't as nicely done as the 2003 version(left).  The 2003 recessed hole details were just more realistic looking.

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Most easily noticed here is the 2003(left) has much larger bubbles than the 2007 version.  I have to say I still prefer the look of the larger bubbles on the 2003 version.  The "clamp" is also noticeably different.  The clamp on the 2007 is closer to resembling the clamp that comes on the Luke ANH and TESB sabers.  Could this small clamp be just that since the ANH Luke is being released later this year?

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With the newer saber being shorter the grips are going to also be shorter.  You can see the difference of the 2003(left) to the 2007 size of grips.

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There is also a minute differences in the design of the speaker grills on the endcap between the two sabers.

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Blade comparison....not much of a comparison.  The brightness seems to be marginally brighter on the 2007 than the 2003.

2007 ANH Vader FFX vs 2002 ANH Vader Signature Edition
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Okay, the new Vader is quite possibly the most EXACTING in detail and size of any FFX compared to a prop replica.  Kudos to MR for great job on replicating it.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Even with its detail differences between the original ANH and this one.  I have to admit this is the BEST Vader saber, no doubt.  It feels, looks and sounds better than the others.   This one is making me smile once again.   Kudos to MR for making another wonderful FX and taking steps to make them better.
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Vosk on April 28, 2007, 11:15:11 PM
Awesome review Anakin!  Nice pitures as well. :)  Congrats on finally getting the new Vader ANH saber.

While I never had the original 2003 version I will say that I really enjoy the 2007 version and it is indeed a nice saber. :)
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: The Abbot on April 28, 2007, 11:17:04 PM
Great review *as always *
What about the Maul,it is brighter or as bright as the maul?
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Vosk on April 29, 2007, 12:04:38 AM
Oh and Anakin keep in mind the Vader 2007 model is now a lot closer to the original MPP I believe.
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Bandit-Jedi on April 29, 2007, 11:05:46 AM
Oh and Anakin keep in mind the Vader 2007 model is now a lot closer to the original MPP I believe.

I KNOW!  I just put it up against my ANH Signature Edition and there is VERY LITTLE difference between the two.  Infact, it you removed the blade and set the FX on a LE stand...it would look Perfect!
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Kyp Durron on April 29, 2007, 11:10:53 AM
It's been said that the grips are also softer and more comfortable as well. 8)

-Joclad
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Vosk on April 29, 2007, 11:30:03 AM
I KNOW!  I just put it up against my ANH Signature Edition and there is VERY LITTLE difference between the two.  Infact, it you removed the blade and set the FX on a LE stand...it would look Perfect!

Awesome, hey maybe you should take a comparison pic of the LE and the ANH 2007 FX version and post it? :)
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Bandit-Jedi on April 29, 2007, 03:21:20 PM
I KNOW!  I just put it up against my ANH Signature Edition and there is VERY LITTLE difference between the two.  Infact, it you removed the blade and set the FX on a LE stand...it would look Perfect!

Awesome, hey maybe you should take a comparison pic of the LE and the ANH 2007 FX version and post it? :)

I just might do that!
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: BEN KENOBI on April 29, 2007, 05:04:44 PM
 ;)Great review and pics as always my friend and congrats on your new vader saber!! 8)
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Bandit-Jedi on April 29, 2007, 06:12:42 PM
Thanks Dajoquim!

I updated to pics to include a shot of the FFX against my Signature Edition prop replica.
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Vosk on April 29, 2007, 06:21:45 PM
Is it me or is the FX smaller than the Signature Edition?  Or is it just because of the angel of the pic?
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: BEN KENOBI on April 29, 2007, 06:39:50 PM
 ;)I agree with you on that from where they are sitting the fx does look smaller than the Le;but;is that possible?It mught be the angle like you said!!For a while there I did a couple of double takes lol!!Good eye big-t!! 8)
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: killphil on April 29, 2007, 06:43:12 PM
Is the clash sensor easier to trigger on this model than it was on the ESB one?
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Vosk on April 29, 2007, 06:50:48 PM
I don't know about for Anakins but on mine it doesn't take much to set it off.
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Bandit-Jedi on April 29, 2007, 06:57:41 PM
Is it me or is the FX smaller than the Signature Edition?  Or is it just because of the angel of the pic?

Its the angle of the pic.  I can't take a direct overhead shot cause I don't have a lightring for my camera or any kind of helpful light equipment...so I have to make due with bright overheads.

The FFX and the SE are the EXACT same size, amazingly enough.
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Bandit-Jedi on April 29, 2007, 07:01:23 PM
Is the clash sensor easier to trigger on this model than it was on the ESB one?

Mine is easily set off.  Just a tap of the tip of the blade to another FX will set it off.
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Vosk on April 29, 2007, 07:13:30 PM
Is it me or is the FX smaller than the Signature Edition?  Or is it just because of the angel of the pic?

Its the angle of the pic.  I can't take a direct overhead shot cause I don't have a lightring for my camera or any kind of helpful light equipment...so I have to make due with bright overheads.

The FFX and the SE are the EXACT same size, amazingly enough.

Ahh okay that's cool they're the exact same size.
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: darthmaddy on April 29, 2007, 08:50:54 PM
Ahh the official Anakin review...excellent.  Are you going to add this years FFXs to your sig?   You're running out of room! :D
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Vosk on April 29, 2007, 09:00:51 PM
He may just have to take a picture of his entire collection as his siggy, like I plan to do once I get the Luke ANH FX later this year.  ;D
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Bandit-Jedi on April 30, 2007, 01:39:32 PM
Ahh the official Anakin review...excellent.  Are you going to add this years FFXs to your sig?   You're running out of room! :D

I don't know what I'm gonna do with my sig! haha

I might just put the words:  ALL FFX SABERS 2002-2007
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: BEN KENOBI on April 30, 2007, 03:17:35 PM
With all the sabers that you have you should make your own picture dictionary of the history of the fx lightsaber lol!! 8)
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Kyp Durron on April 30, 2007, 04:27:10 PM
Just got mine, I'm liking this one much more than the ESB...the ANH was always my favorite version of Vaders hilt, so it's no surprise. ;D

-Joclad
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Hamill82 on May 01, 2007, 02:32:24 AM
Anakin once again a great review! If just possible I would like to see your whole saber and Star Wars collection to this date, since you have bought and acquired almost every expensive SW item out there. I wonder if you'll have now more stuff than our Luke Skywalker has  :o
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Bandit-Jedi on May 01, 2007, 02:37:50 PM
haha, well I don't think I have as many replicas as Luke.  I'm pretty selective about the full size replicas I get.  Usually its only the ones I REALLY like and that are from the Original Trilogy.  The only prequel piece I have is the AOTC Yoda LE.  I got that one since it was such a landmark piece.

The majority of my collection is all in storage as I just don't have the room to display it properly.  I would probably need a 30 x 30 room to do that! ahhah.

Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Bandit-Jedi on May 01, 2007, 02:48:51 PM
Anakin once again a great review! If just possible I would like to see your whole saber and Star Wars collection to this date, since you have bought and acquired almost every expensive SW item out there. I wonder if you'll have now more stuff than our Luke Skywalker has  :o

Here is a walkthrough of my display as it is now:

http://www.fx-sabers.com/forum/index.php?topic=7171.0
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Goffa on May 01, 2007, 02:54:05 PM
That's awesome how it's exactly the same size as the SE, and a really impressive saber collection btw, those OT posters are awesome.
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Hamill82 on May 01, 2007, 04:39:07 PM
Holy moly, I really need to visit your place Anakin! What caught my eye was the Luke TESB LE hilt, I think, under the VHS, that looks so beautiful that it makes me drool. Quess who's having LUKE ANH LE this week?  ;)
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Bandit-Jedi on May 01, 2007, 05:11:39 PM
Holy moly, I really need to visit your place Anakin! What caught my eye was the Luke TESB LE hilt, I think, under the VHS, that looks so beautiful that it makes me drool. Quess who's having LUKE ANH LE this week?  ;)

Good eye!

Thats actually my ICONS  A New Hope Skywalker lightsaber.  My TESB Luke SE is up on the top left corner next to my LEGO Maul
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Hamill82 on May 01, 2007, 05:33:40 PM
Holy moly, I really need to visit your place Anakin! What caught my eye was the Luke TESB LE hilt, I think, under the VHS, that looks so beautiful that it makes me drool. Quess who's having LUKE ANH LE this week?  ;)

Good eye!

Thats actually my ICONS  A New Hope Skywalker lightsaber.  My TESB Luke SE is up on the top left corner next to my LEGO Maul

How stupid of me, there's ofcourse the ring in TESB Luke first of all. So which are your most favorite items? Without a doubt that signature TESB Luke must be one of them  :)
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Bandit-Jedi on May 01, 2007, 05:37:53 PM
The TESB Luke SE  is my MOST Favorite replica.

It's the one I've wanted since I saw it onscreen in 1980.....plus its got Mark Hamill's sig!  What more could I ask for? ahha
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: AAYLA SECURA on May 13, 2007, 08:51:07 PM
Fantastic review as always, Ani! I'm looking forward to acquiring this one. The Vader ESB is one of my favorite FXs, so I'm confident that I'll love the ANH just as much (if not more!).  :D
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Jedi Tom on May 18, 2007, 05:39:13 PM
cool review man nice one ;D ;) :) :D 8)
Title: Re: Darth Vader ANH Force FX (2007) Review and Pics
Post by: Louis on May 20, 2007, 01:27:00 AM
Excellent review as usual! The fact that yu have all sabers allow you to make some nice comparison. Like the one with the LE... It's a real "plus" in your reviews...;)