BackgroundFrom a 1979 Kenner in-package catalog:
Used by the Empire's Invincible Lord.
Darth Vader's TIE was the first of three ships that Kenner based on the original TIE Fighter. Although the different models each have a distinctive appearance, the center section is identical for all ships of the series (Original, Darth Vader's, Battle Damaged, Interceptor). Additionally, the wing extensions are the same molding for all but the TIE Interceptor.
Darth Vader's TIE was not offered as an ESB release but did make a return in 1983 in special "Star Wars Collector Series" packaging. Kenner brought back the Landspeeder, Darth Vader's TIE, and Dewback in essentially the same Star Wars boxes that they had originally appeared. The only difference was the addition of a "Collector Series" logo to the box.