EDIT: The pictures that came out today reveal that the Darth Vader figure doesn’t actually have a “The Force Awakens” logo under the Star Wars title on the card.
The Jedi Temple Archives is reporting one hell of a doozy if it pans out how it is implied. This is a spoiler so don’t read on if you don’t want to know. They also have a ton of cool information about some products hitting.
The Jedi Temple Archives writes:
Of particular note, there is an EPISODE VII Darth Vader 3.75” 5POA figure. More on this soon! (That may just be the spoiler of the year!)
So that is very interesting. Yes, we have see action figures of classic characters show up in other waves for things like Star Wars Rebels where they weren’t actually involved initially. But this is part of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens solicitation.
We already know that Darth Vader makes an appearance in the movie via this shot from the teaser:
There are a couple of scenarios that come to mind:
- It is a Vader figure and they packed in the burned up helmet to make it work for the line.
Darth Vader is somehow in a flashback sequence from Kanata’s Castle where Luke is explained to to our heroes.
Perhaps Kylo Ren (or another villain) wears the armor eventually?
Those are some scenarios I came up with on a whim. I’m sure it is something more involved if it comes down to the actual Darth Vader suit being worn in the film. We’ve learned a lot about Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the last year. We’ve seen a lot of placeholder concept art where Darth Vader stood in for Kylo Ren as his design wasn’t finalized. But in all the pieces we saw there wasn’t anything we couldn’t explain as being a Kylo placeholder with the exception of the actual burned helmet we saw in the teaser. In terms of the documentation we had a look at sometime ago, there wasn’t anything written down about Darth Vader or any euphemisms for his return (just the sequence where Kylo talks to the helmet).
This is a very exciting development if it actually pertains to Darth Vader’s physical appearance showing up on screen in The Force Awakens. It seems like this would be a figure to save until 2016 if Darth Vader shows up in the film. But hey, “Qui-Gon’s Noble End” was a track on a soundtrack once, so crazier jazz has happened.