Medicom MAFEX Darth Vader, Joker on the Way

 

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The Medicom MAFEX line is growing. A day after Medicom’s design team released photos of The Dark Knight Joker on their blog, photos of Darth Vader, the first figure from the long-rumored MAFEX Star Wars line, surfaced on the forums at TheFwoosh.com.

According to Medicom’s blog post, the Joker, based on Heath Ledger’s portrayal as the clown prince of crime, is due for a February 2015 release with a  retail price of ¥4,500 or about $45, depending on currency fluctuations. The Joker joins their recently released The Dark Knight Rises Batman figure, as the second figure under Medicom’s MAFEX Batman banner.

Medicom’s MAFEX Darth Vader is the inaugural figure in the MAFEX line. Details on Vader are unknown, but the configuration of the chest panel in the photo suggests the figure is based on the characters The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi appearances. Like Batman, the MAFEX Darth Vader includes a cloth cape.

Medicom’s MAFEX figures stand at a 6-inch scale and range in price from $40-$50 for basic figures and $75-$90 for DX  figures, with deluxe accessories.

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  • I think a lot of collectors are going to be re-evaluating their buying habits if Vader drops to $35 like Batman has on Amazon. Comparing photos, the MAFEX Vader looks like its has a tighter sculpt, with a better positioned cape than the Hasbro version. Knowing how the Japanese toy manufacturers operate, the detail will set this figure apart from the Hasbro Black Series 6-inch figure. At that point the question becomes do you pay $25 for a good Vader from Hasbro or $35-$40 for a great Vader from Medicom? Hasbro may be in trouble, although Medicom may not have distribution rights for the Star Wars line in North America. We’ll have to wait and see.

  • I think a lot of collectors are going to be re-evaluating their buying habits if Vader is in scale with Hasbro’s 6-inch Black Series and ends up at $35 like Batman has on Amazon. Comparing photos, the MAFEX Vader looks like its has a tighter sculpt, with a better positioned cape than the Hasbro version. Knowing how the Japanese toy manufacturers operate, the detail will set this figure apart from the Hasbro Black Series 6-inch figure. At that point the question becomes do you pay $25 for a good Vader from Hasbro or $35-$40 for a great Vader from Medicom? Hasbro may be in trouble when it comes to droids and armored characters, although Medicom may not have distribution rights for the Star Wars line in North America. We’ll have to wait and see.

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  • Mike_5555

    I’ve got to get that Joker. The Dark Knight is one of my all time favorite movies.

    • Mine too. I just bought the Batman and am planning on photographing and reviewing it this week, since this line is about to take off. I want to give everyone an idea of the quality of these figures and how they hold up. Do you have the MAFEX Batman or Spiderman?

      • Mike_5555

        I don’t have any of these figures yet but I’m looking forward to your review.