BackgroundFrom a 1980 Kenner Toy Fair catalog:
Outstanding reproductions made of Die-cast metal and High Impact Plastic with moving parts. DARTH VADER TIE FIGHTER is painted evil grey with transparent cockpit window and detachable Solar Panels that simulate "Battle Damage." Specially designed DARTH VADER figure included in removable cockpit.
Also known as the Tie Advanced, this is the fighter Vader flew in the Battle of the Death Star. Both wings came off this toy, similar to the large Vader's Tie version. The back of the cockpit also came out revealing a pilot. These ships are tough to find in good condition. The wings and cockpit were just press-fit into place and over time with usage they become very loose, making it difficult to keep this ship together.