Yesterday, our order from Target.com finally shipped to store and we were able to get our hands on a few Retro Collection Darth Vader (Prototype Edition) figures. This figure debuted at San Diego Comic-Con and was sold exclusively at the Entertainment Earth booth despite being a Target exclusive figure. Target.com had them in stock very briefly at the end of the August and just this week some brick-and-mortar stores in the country received some cases. Nevertheless, the figure has not shown up in great quantities much like the rest of the Retro Collection itself.
Now so far today, there have been 18 different versions of the Prototype Vader due to its different color parts. If one was going by the color of the head, it would be three different combinations per head color. Rick Aslop from LeftCoast Graphics has put together this visual guide for those curious:
Now while we were going through our newly acquired Vaders and checking off the versions we now have we noticed a striking difference in two of the figures who had the same color combination.
The color of the green used on the Prototype Edition appears to have had a running change as the green has been brightened significantly. At first, we assumed it was an error but after comparing more versions, it appears the change was made around the 141st day of production or May 21st, 2019.
So now for those who are hardcore variation collectors, this doubles the number of Vaders available at retail as each and every one includes a green-colored part. So 36 Vaders will only set you back $360 before tax and that’s only if you can find them. Best of luck on these because until they flood the pegs at retail, whether you are looking for one or 36, they are going to be tough to track down for a reasonable price.