Darth Vader (Kenner - Vintage - Star Wars) - JediTempleArchives.com

Name: Darth Vader

Collection: Star Wars

Status: Darth Vader is an all-new figure.

Source: Star Wars

Availability: 1978

License: Kenner

Retail: $2.49 USD

Accessory Details: vinyl cape (black), removable telescoping lightsaber (red/orange)

Notes: A very small number of Darth Vader figures were released with a 2-piece double-telescoping lightsaber. This variation is considered extremely rare. Only a handfull of examples exist intact.

Additional Resources

Figure Information:

Major Figure Variations (loose):

  1. double-telescoping lightsaber (very rare)
  2. normal lightsaber

U.S. Card Back Release Information (confirmed to exist)

double-telescoping lightsaber

  1. SW12A


Original picture, normal lightsaber

  1. SW-12A
  2. SW-12B
  3. SW-12C (pictured above)
  4. SW-20E
  5. SW-20F
  6. SW-21A
  7. SW-21B
  8. SW-21C
  1. ESB-21A
  2. ESB-31B
  3. ESB-32B
  4. ESB-41A (pictured above)
  5. ESB-41D
  6. ESB-45A
  7. ESB-45B
  8. ESB-47
  1. ESB-48B
  2. ESB-48C
  3. ROTJ-48
  4. ROTJ-65A
  5. ROTJ-65B (pictured above)
  6. ROTJ-65C
  7. POTF-92 (pictured above)

New picture, normal lightsaber

  1. ROTJ-65B
  2. ROTJ-65C
  3. ROTJ-65C
  4. ROTJ-77A (pictured above)
  1. ROTJ-77B
  2. ROTJ-79A
  3. ROTJ-79B


U.S. Card Back information derived from the Kellerman Book Matrices and confirmed samples

Palitoy Card Back Release Information (confirmed to exist)

  1. SW-12A (pictured above)
  2. SW-12B
  3. SW-12C
  4. ESB-30B
  1. ESB-41B
  2. ESB-45AD
  3. ESB-45B
  4. ROTJ-45C
  1. ROTJ-45CN
  2. ROTJ-65D
  3. TRILOGO-70B (pictured above)

Palitoy Card Back information derived from Mr. Palitoy's Card Back Guide and confirmed samples

Other International card back releases (These are Known Samples, but not a complete listing)

Kenner Canada
  1. SW-12D
  2. SW-20B
  1. ESB-32B
  2. ESB-41B
  1. ROTJ-77
Meccano (France)
  1. GDE-12A
  2. GDE1-20A
  1. RDJ1-45A
  2. RDJ2-65A
Clipper (Netherlands) – Available on Clipper Card Backs, or Palitoy/Kenner Card Backs with Clipper stickers as noted
  1. SW-12
  2. SW-Kenner-21
  3. ESB-Kenner-41
  4. ESB-45
  1. ESB-Palitoy-45
  2. ESB-Kenner-48D
  3. ROTJ-Kenner-65
  4. ROTJ-Palitoy-65
  1. ROTJ-Kenner-77
  2. Trilogo-70
General Mills (Germany)
  1. ESB-45
Harbert (Italy)
  1. SW-12 (pictured above)
Glasslite (Brazil)
  1. POTF-9
Takara (Japan)
  1. SW-12B
  2. SW-12B (white bubble background)

Kenner Canada Card Back information derived from Star Wars Canada Cardback Archive and confirmed samples

Meccano Card Back information derived from the book The French Touch and confirmed samples

Clipper Card Back information derived from Clipper-Toys.net and confirmed samples

Visual Guide Credits

Image Composite: Chuck Paskovics
Photography: Chuck Paskovics; Carded photography provided by Brian's Toys
Graphics, Page Layout & Design: Chuck Paskovics
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