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October 2007:

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June 2007:

I've finally managed to source and buy some 100% screen accurate belt box mesh, now added to the boxes:

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A new pic taken just before I received the new mesh:

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May 2007 update - I have handbrushed the gunmetal on the faceplate and reworked the chestbox with machined siderods and coin slots, plus new rivets on the leather straps. Also (further) tweaked the mannequin, adjusted the dome position (it was sitting too high before) and darkened the gunmetal on the chest armor slightly:

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Older pictures:
 

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Displayed next to a signed photo from Dave Prowse, who portrayed Vader in the original trilogy

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After several years of upgrades and modifications, this is my lifesize DARTH VADER as seen in Episode IV: A New Hope. Each film in the original trilogy featured a slightly different designed Vader. The ANH version featured a more battle-worn look for the Sith Lord, depicting Vader at his meanest and best, in my opinion.


The helmet, chest armour and shins originate from casts of the screen-used originals.The ribbed body suit, gloves, robes and codpiece have been made by artisans to a high degree of accuracy. I built the chestbox myself and assembled the belt using 'found part' items ('real world' items which after much research by the prop community have been identified as used on the original costume) and machined metal parts.


Vader stands at 6'9" - a very imposing sight!


To achieve this, I modified a 6'1 fiberglass mannequin, adding wooden spacers to the midsection, arms and legs to extend them. The mannequin was then bulked out using foam and gaffer tape to replicate the stats of Dave Prowse circa 1976.



I've also installed some simple electronics in the display to feature the famous 'Vader breathing' sound on a loop, plus an mp3 player to incorporate some of the best Vader sound-bites and phrases.


Despite making good progress with this piece, I don't consider it finished. There are still some upgrades I wish to make in the coming months ,so he is still a WIP (work in progress)!

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The progress of Vader - my old ESB version from a few years ago compared with my new Vader

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Vader ANH lightsaber:
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Comparison of my old fiberglass ESB faceplate with the SPFX faceplate:

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Here's a pic of my old ESB version Vader from a while back, before I changed out the majority of parts for my new 'A New Hope' version display:

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Another shot of my old display:
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The helmet was signed by Dave Prowse himself!

Various Vader helmets I have finished and painted over the years:

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Disclaimer: This site is intended to show fan art and is not affiliated with Lucasfilm, Universal,New Line or any license holder in any way. None of the items on this site are for sale. I do not sell prop replicas. All characters and their likenesses are the respective license holders.