There's a lot to like about Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai line - usually its willingness to offer batshit stylised versions of popular characters. But what I think I love about this Darth Vader the most is the awesome swishy lightsaber he has. I dare you to look at that and not make lightsaber noises!

Although it's meant to be a variant - stylised, not movie accurate, at first glance there doesn't seem that much different with Vader, the first of Square-Enix's Star Wars figures. On closer inspection you see his much more streamlined armour suit has a lot more detailing on it - even the helmet has not escaped a from a dew superflous lines of detailing and some clamps - as well as beefed up shoulders and a tighter cape (wonderfully shaped and rugged so Vader can look all dramatic and whatnot). I quite like the fine balance between sticking close to the original movie design and doing something a little crazy for this one - sure it's not as marvellously ridiculous as Testuya Nomura's Catwoman, for example, but it it's still recognisably Vader.

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The Dark Lord of the Sith doesn't just come with his amazingly swishy Lightsaber - there's a more normal version, as well as a variety of alternate hands. Including one with a giant flame forming out of it, because... I dunno? It looks pretty cool! Fireballs should be number 1 on the list of 'Things Dark Side Force Users should do'.

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There's no release date for Darth Vader just yet, but the suggested RRP is around $100.

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