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