Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader

Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader

Thursday, April 5th, 2018 5:38am CDT

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Thanks to fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999, a regular source for this type of news, we have an in-hand video review of the first in the new line of Takara Tomy Star Wars Powered by Transformers figures - the Tie Advanced X1 that turns into Darth Vader.

Take a look at the clip embedded below, including chuck's thoughts on the toy, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub discussion boards!

Takara's take on a Darth Vader that Transforms into a Tie Advanced fighter is really solid. The plastic feels good while the transformation is simple but fun. Unfortunately, the overall price of the figure makes it hard to recommend to anyone but the most dedicated fan.


Credit(s): chuckdawg1999


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Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1952459)
Posted by shajaki on April 12th, 2018 @ 5:46pm CDT
I got Vader. I got thoughts ;;)

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He's fun. But he's more "toy" than "collector piece". Which maybe I should have expected, and is right for it, but he's just simpler than I thought he'd be. All around, it's a decent figure, but nothing to rave about. Robot mode is posable enough to do some fun stuff, but lacks a couple joints (like a wrist swivel) to make him fantastic. And the tie wings, while quite movable, can't move every way you'd like. His shoulders like to fall out of place, but it's no deal breaker. The Tie mode, is very much a Tie. Not much else to say about that :lol:

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I mentioned somewhere that he was slightly bigger than a Deluxe I think? Getting side by side with a current Deluxe, now I see he's more than slightly bigger.

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Final thoughts:
He's a good opener if not slightly underwhelming. But he is light years ahead of the old SWTF's and I look forward to the continuation of the line. Bring on the Falcon, and please make an X-Wing Luke!
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1952467)
Posted by bodrock on April 12th, 2018 @ 6:30pm CDT
From the pics, I can see what you mean about this CHUG-style Darth Vader, Shaj -- I would have expected him to be taller as well. He still looks fun, but I absolutely get why one might be underwhelmed.
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1952470)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 12th, 2018 @ 6:44pm CDT
Nice pictures! for his price point, I do wish he did do more. But he still looks good, and like you said, miles better than the previous SWTFs
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1952516)
Posted by ZeroWolf on April 13th, 2018 @ 2:13am CDT
Nice pics shaj! My interest in this toy is getting higher :D
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1952590)
Posted by shajaki on April 13th, 2018 @ 1:21pm CDT
Thanks guys!

The more I play around, the more fun I have with him. I think he'll become more relevant when he's got some proper bros to hang with.
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1953449)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 16th, 2018 @ 7:46pm CDT
shajaki wrote:Thanks guys!

The more I play around, the more fun I have with him. I think he'll become more relevant when he's got some proper bros to hang with.

Falcon baby 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1964058)
Posted by shajaki on June 9th, 2018 @ 2:53pm CDT
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Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1964176)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 10th, 2018 @ 9:21am CDT
shajaki wrote:Image

Source of this and other related images to news?
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1964184)
Posted by shajaki on June 10th, 2018 @ 10:23am CDT
"Star Wars powered by Transformers Millenium Falcon (Han Solo / Chewbacca), on display at the International Tokyo Toy Show 2018, c/o @singgg4 on twitter."

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Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1964285)
Posted by Va'al on June 11th, 2018 @ 1:52am CDT
Fellow Seibertronian shajaki has pointed us towards another image that had been almost missed in the flurry of excitement from Tokyo Toy Show 2018 over the weekend, featuring the Takara Tomy Star Wars Powered by Transformers toyline and its new Millennium Falcon mold!

I still cannot not see IDW Publishing's original character Anode in the supposed Han Solo facesculpt, but the addition of the crossbow and revamped packaging are a nice touch to the set, after the rebooted Darth Vader. Check out the image below, courtesy of singgg4 over on Twitter, and let us know what you think of the two scoundrel bots the ship turns into in the Energon Pub discussion boards.

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Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1964288)
Posted by SpikeyTigertron on June 11th, 2018 @ 2:39am CDT
So... it hadn't occurred to me... are the Darth Vader Tie Advanced and the Falcon to scale? also... I feel that Falcon really needs a good dry brush wash to pick all that panel detail out. Also a missed opportunity to do the Solo (Lando?) version with a bonus escape pod/bonus accessory. (though I'm sure these were in production before Solo was finalized).

Back to scale briefly... how big are these guys? I know they're not cheap.
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1964306)
Posted by Nathaniel Prime on June 11th, 2018 @ 6:16am CDT
I was wondering where the news for this guy(technically guys) were. Anyways, not bad. Definitely an improvement over the original in both bot and Falcon mode. Falcon mode looks really awesome and the bots look cool too. I don't think I would get it, maybe on sale, but that Darth Vader is a must have for me. I just wish his lightsaber was longer
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1964316)
Posted by BumbleDouche on June 11th, 2018 @ 7:45am CDT
That Falcon looks like it shat itself
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1964344)
Posted by Aimless Misfire on June 11th, 2018 @ 12:16pm CDT
STAR WARS IS DEAD!
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1964429)
Posted by Ultra Markus on June 11th, 2018 @ 8:08pm CDT
to be honest the one from years ago looked better
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1964432)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 11th, 2018 @ 8:14pm CDT
Ultra Markus wrote:to be honest the one from years ago looked better

But sadly crumbled. I have the old one, and while Han is alright, Chewy has his right arm permanently in Falcon mode cause his joints and hand GPS-ed right off, as did his one foot. Once I get this guy, that Falcon is permanently going in Falcon mode.

That all being said, This one is really quite cool, and I am super thrilled it will be here in a few weeks
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1964444)
Posted by shajaki on June 11th, 2018 @ 9:59pm CDT
His release date is that soon?
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1964447)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 11th, 2018 @ 10:01pm CDT
shajaki wrote:His release date is that soon?

June of 2018 was the only date I've seen
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1965984)
Posted by Cobotron on June 21st, 2018 @ 5:23pm CDT
Got a payment request from amiami for the Falcon today, so he is out and available.

Also, just happened upon this video as I was perusing Takara/Tomy's youtube channel.
Re: Video Review of Takara Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader (1965986)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 21st, 2018 @ 5:42pm CDT
Thanks to a heads up from site moderator Cobotron, we have a new video advertisement to share with you for the new Star Wars Powered by Transformers Millennium Falcon as Chewbacca and Han Solo! The video comes to us directly from Takara Tomy's YouTube, and gives us a brief look at the Falcon mode, a step by step transformation instruction, and then a look at the robot modes showing off some poses. We still aren't sure what inspired the Han Solo head, but the faceplate looks pretty good alongside his faithful battle wookie companion.

It's also cool to note how different the transformations are between this new figure and the older original. Everything is entirely new, with apparently nothing really recycled from the first design.

Check out the video below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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