This figure came as an exclusive item with 'The Vision of Escaflowne' Limited Edition box set, released in North America by Bandai Entertainment on July 23, 2002. Based on Escaflowne turning black in episode 14 'Dangerous Wounds' Van heads out to battle the Dragonslayers. Van succeeded killing all of them, however he was haunted but the souls of those he killed. Therefore, Escaflowne turned black and collapsed. This premium variant is base on the 7"action figure which is a collector set based on an animated series from Bandai Entertainment. Though it doesn't come with the two main protagonists of the anime, Van Fanel and Hitomi Kanzaki, the black Escaflowne comes on transparent plastic insert tray, in a nice hard cardboard box similar to the DVD box.
Figure is non-transformable, there ain't many points of articulation, therefore the number of poses are limited. It's well balanced, pre-painted with panel lines. The figure comes with an awesome huge sword that's almost as tall Escaflowne itself. The sword could have been better made if it's made with harder plastic like PVC rather than ABS rubbery material which tends to bend. The cape is removable so it allows display of Escaflowne with or without the cape.