REVIEW: 8010 Darth Vader
Posted 05 May 2009 - 04:53 PM
"He's more machine now than man...twisted and evil."
What if Darth Vader was completely mechanical, instead of having a few remnants of his organic past? Well, he might look like this kit right here. Released in 2002 as part of the Star Wars Technic line, here's how the ol' Dark Lord of the Sith would appear if he was made out of many pins, beams, and reinforced liftarms.
Set Name: 8010 Darth Vader
Theme: Star Wars
Price: USD $40.00 / GBP £34.99
Box Front (nabbed from Peeron, since mine didn't have the box)
Man, what a pile!
Building in Progress
We start out by building the right leg. There's a lot of small Technic axles and liftarms in here!
Next up is the left leg, and it should be noted that the hip joints are constructed differently on either side; this becomes important later. I've placed them together here, so you can get an idea of how they'll eventually join up:
Now, for the torso! (Sorry that my hand is in the photo; it wouldn't stand up otherwise, due to the codpiece.) This is the only place were stickers were necessary, and the breathing regulator panel in the middle of Vader's chest is sadly an example of STAMP. :( Other than that, the tubes and flex lines add some very cool detail. I love the chain across his chest that's supposed to hold the cape! (Though in the final model, it's just there for decoration; the cape's held on by towballs.)
Once we connect the two legs to the torso, a locking pin snaps into place on the back, strengthening the hip joints as well as locking them to the torso. And we get to add the cape!
He doesn't look too imposing, though. For that, he needs his hideous visage:
While there's been complaints in the past about the red eyes, I think they look great, and add the appropriate amount of menace to the character.
Last but not least, the arms. They're mainly built out of axles and angle connectors, with the right arm having a slightly different configuration so Vader can wield his lightsaber. Once we connect them to the body, and add the head...
...then we've got Vader in all his completed glory! The model stands well over a foot tall, and looks great atop any bookshelf or desk. The only problem is that since there's no baseplate for him to stand on, he could easily topple over if the desk or shelf is jostled. (He's like an action figure without a stand.)
Now, for some cheesy "action features"! You can move Vader's arms up and down using two levers on his back:
The arms themselves also use rubber bands to allow elbow movement, so you can swing Vader's lightsaber around.
Pros: An imposing-looking model, as would befit a Dark Lord of the Sith. The construction is interesting, and everything holds together quite well.
Cons: The shoulder joints might loosen over time, but action features aside, this model's meant for display, not play.
Overall: If you're a fan of the Star Wars Technic models, this one's a no-brainer. Even though it's not a playset, and there's no minifigs, it's a very nice statue to add to your collection. Plus, the price seems to be rather low as far as many older LSW sets go; I was able to get it for under $20, so you can't complain there!
Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:20 AM
He coulb be redone to be amazing nowadays though.
Thankee for thee review.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:59 AM
I like how a cape was included. Too bad they didn't include one for the UCS General Grievous set.
By the way, what material is the cape made out of? The usual LEGO fabric?
Posted 06 May 2009 - 02:12 PM
Posted 09 May 2009 - 08:01 AM
I've never been a fan of the technic sets from Star Wars, but I must admit that this one looks better than I'd expected.
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Posted 17 May 2009 - 03:20 AM
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Posted 24 May 2009 - 02:00 PM
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Posted 15 July 2009 - 07:31 PM
I wish I had gotten at least one of these when they were still in stores, but oh well.
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