At the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary release event in the LEGO Store in Santa Clara, CA, I answered a question that was on the lines of this:
'Which Jedi Council member was an exceptional lightsaber fighter and had a rare purple lightsaber?'
Of course, the answer is Mace Windu.
I answered that simple question correctly, and was rewarded with a chrome black Darth Vader, which is worth $30 USD!
And now, I bring you the review of this exclusive limited edition minifigure. Enjoy!
Set: Darth Vader™
Item Number: 4547551
Theme: Star Wars (Episodes IV - VI)
Price: Can only be found randomly in LEGO Star Wars 2009 sets, or acquired from events. Current BrickLink price is $30 USD.
EB's own chrome Darth Vader thread
(no Peeron catalog exists)
Star Wars Databank
I Scream Clone
The package is in a bag, so that's why there are quotations around the words "Box Art."
The front is very nice, with the old LEGO Star Wars logo and the 10th anniversary stamp.
The logo is gold,
We have an updated version of the classic LEGO Star Wars picture that was on the boxes of the first sets, which is also great.
Over here, you have the set information. It is pretty hard to read, so I'll type it out for the sake of you readers:
Jouet de Construction
Juguete para Construir
On the bottom left-hand corner, we have a circular LEGO Star Wars 10 Year Anniversary stamp. It is a nice addition to the bag, and it is colored differently at different sections to give the impression that it is shining.
On bottom-middle, we have a link to a site where everyone at LEGO congratulates you on finding a chrome Vader.
I have also taken a screenshot of the page in case it is deleted by the end of 2009. It can be found here.
On the back, we have the usual things.
The chrome Vaders were apparently made in 2008, but of course were released in 2009 with the January sets.
There are some lines of text telling you to "please keep the LEGO address for future reference" in six languages.
Also there are pictures below telling you that:
- a green circle (I don't know what this is, can someone clarify?)
- this product has the CE mark, please do not complain as this product meets the European consumer safety, health (please do not eat or taste the product), and environmental requirements
- we beg of you to not feed the bag or parts to babies ages 0-3
- this bag is polypropylene, please recycle or else (who in their right mind recycle this bag? )
Here we have the item number and a link to the LEGO website.
The parts are not made in China! Hooray!
"Choking hazard. Contains small parts" has been printed in what seems to be 29 languages.
Here all all of the parts, neatly spread out. The chrome black parts are looking very shiny already!
Pieces of Interest (Yeah, all of the parts are intersting )
You didn't actually think that I was going to post pictures of the build, did you?
We start off with the torso and legs assembly, which is conveniently already attached together for us, saving us some one step of the strenuous build. However...
...the hands have been rotated 180 degrees, and the arms have been moved up for the chroming process. This adds two extra steps, canceling out the convenience above and actually adding one more step! Boo!
With that aside, we rotate both hands 180 degrees...
...and move the arms down back to the normal position.
Next, we add on the cape (which is extremely hard to do)...
...then the head (which is the new Death Star version)...
...and finally, the nice chrome helmet.
We then put that aside, and start a new sub-model with the metallic silver lightsaber hilt (unfortunately, chrome lightsaber hilts are now extinct).
The red lightsaber blade is attached, and the sub-model is complete! Phew!
After that, it is attached to the right hand of the Sith lord.
And finally, the right arm is moved up at a 90 degree angle.
Umm...Yeah, the minifigure is actually the whole set.
A front shot. The chrome black makes the minifigure look amazing, and I really like that new 2008 version of the torso print. A bonus is that it is printed in metallic inks, which is very cool.
Here is a mug shot (sorry, I forgot to take a picture with the helmet off).
The back of the limited edition minifigure, which shows my fingerprint on the back of the helmet. D'oh!
With the cape removed, we can see that the whole back of the torso is plain chrome black, which will probably be very useful in the making of some custom minifigures.
Now we have some random (or not so random) pictures of the parts of the minifigure.
I never knew that Vader's helmet was this big! It's very shiny (obviously ), and the detailing on the face of the helmet is amazing.
(Please ignore the reflection of the camera and my hands. )
The underside has some chrome, which becomes normal black at the part where the minifigure head just barely fits.
The chrome here is a bit rough, no idea why though.
The chrome here stops right before the neck "pole."
As you can see here, there is no number on the hand, and the arm has no indentation with numbers/letters.
On the more visible side of the arm, you can see a bit of black near the top-left of the side of the torso.
I have no idea why, but there is a chrome black "bump" on each hand.
Legs & Hips
I will not take apart my minifigure, even for the sake of the review. Sorry guys.
You may have noticed that the right leg of my minifigure has some unchromed-black. This does not bother me much, since it was free.
It's also a "mis-chrome," which might make it worth more (although I would not sell something that was given to me for free if I only have one of it). It's also one-of-a-kind, sort of like Eurobricks member menq's chrome Vader with a chrome black head (but, of course, his is much, much cooler and more valuable).
The chrome on the legs continues to the black line that is in between the tan and white line.
Over on the back, the inside of the legs are partially chrome silver, and partially chrome black.
On the bottom of the legs, one of the feet is chrome black, while the other is a sort of chrome grey color.
And when we look inside, it is the opposite. This time, chrome black is on the leg with a chrome grey foot, and vice-versa.
Also notice the LEGO logos inside there, which I have never seen before on my minifigures.
In between the legs, the chrome goes in a few millimeters, then becomes regular black.
Now to place the chrome Vader in a bag...
...and the accessories (including cape) in a separate one...
...which then go into the original chrome Vader bag...
which then go into a
First, the pros and cons:
- limited edition
- very nice to look at
- can not be played with, as the chrome will wear/chip off
- my Vader came with a leg that was missing some chrome black (chrome silver was there)
- accumulates dust and fingerprints very easily
Now for those totals!
Playability/Play Features: 5/10
Reviewer's Tilt: 10/10
Overall (Average): 9.2/10
Wait a minute, we need a completely new rating scale for minifigures! Time to make one from scratch:
Accessories 10/10 (It comes with everything that Darth Vader has: a lightsaber, and cape!)
Accuracy: 10/10 (It looks very accurate to what Vader looks like [in terms of minifigures])
Design: 10/10 (The printing is very detailed and well made, along with the helmet mold)
Look: 10/10 (The chrome black makes it look very good, of course)
Poseability/Playability: 5/10 (You can't really play with it often since the chrome will wear off)
Quality: 7/10 (The chrome is very nice, but some parts are bumpy, and one leg is missing chrome black)
Value (for your money): 10/10 (It's free, so it obviously gets a 10!)
Reviewer's Tilt: 10/10 (Darth Vader is one of my favorite Star Wars characters, and the chrome black makes it even better!)
This is definitely an amazing minifigure. It's currently my most valuable one, and will certainly be worth more in the future (if MISB). If you plan on buying multiples on BrickLink to sell in the future, I would recommend that you do now as the prices will soon skyrocket in 2010. I also believe that the value of these will rise to the current price of chrome gold C-3POs in two years.
However, if you want to purchase one to keep for yourself. I would not recommend it. It is not worth $30 USD in my opinion, as it has no playability. Sure, it does look amazing (), but there is no playability as the chrome will wear off (especially at the corners, where the color is already chrome silver) if you do so. I plan on keeping it in storage, just taking it out every few weeks to admire.
Also, I have to give thanks to JCC1004 for posting that he won a chrome Vader at the event that I went to. Luckily he lives on the Atlantic Coast of the US (while I live in the Pacific, that's a four hour difference there), so I was able to read his post thirty minutes before the event actually started (I arrived five minutes late, but did not miss anything ). Thank you so much, JCC1004! Without your post, I probably never would have been able to get a chrome Vader (and this review would never have been made).
Be sure to vote on what you want to see next! The poll "closes" (not actually, but I will count the votes at that time) at 5 PM Pacific Standard Time (21 hours after this review was posted).
When Vader came back from the chroming salon, the Death Star crew rushed up to him poke, touch, punch, and do other various obscene things to him.
I (the shadow trooper) was smart enough to grab his lightsaber before he had a chance to retaliate.
Thanks for reading!
I had much fun writing and taking pictures for this review.
The Brickshelf folder where all these pictures live can be found here.
Edited by KimT, 22 October 2009 - 03:49 PM.