Here's my opus magnum, my most favourite character of all the times, Darth Vader. One month of work, sometimes up to 8 hours a day. Roughly 40cm tall, random fabrics, felt, faux leather, ballpen parts etc. No wire frame. Hand sewn. Based the look mostly on "The Return of The Jedi", the costume references found on 501st website and Sideshow's Darth Vader bust. Not to mention I made some serious research on Sebastian Shaw
(the man who played Anakin in the Original Trilogy)
You might say he's a product of a little bet with my mum (or a challenge rather). Back in the day when I was 10 or so I started to make Star Wars dolls. When I was, like, 18, I bought a Darth Vader plush. And my mum was all like "pfff, he looks lame, even you could do it better!" And I was like yeah, how about no---- wait- you are right! I can make it better!
And I did! (although, 3 years later
I can't even highlight enough how much I love Darth Vader. But, you know, Darth Vader from the good old times; when he was an all powerful weirdo in a robot suit choking people all around xDI wanted to create a doll of a character as I remembered as a kid. I don't care about canon, so my Vader might as well have eyebrows^^ (screw logic! asbestos eyebrows ftw!) For so many years Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker looked like that in my mind that I can't even try to change that image. So I made this doll the way it is. And I really like it this way!
Star Wars logo belongs to Disney. I think.
And here I'd like to dedicate this doll to the great talent that was Ralph McQuarrie, without whom my imagination wouldn't be as wild as it is and without whom we wouldn't have our Dark Lord^^ Also to John Mollo, who made McQuarrie's drawings real as costumes. To David Prowse, the man who bore the weight of Vader's armour. To James Earl Jones and his amazing voice acting. To Bob Anderson, an Olympic swordsman, without whom Vader's fighting skills wouldn't be the same on screen. And finally to Sebastian Shaw, for giving Vader heart of a man instead of a machine. They all made Vader the way he is remembered, so all a fan can say is 'thank you' for your hard work you put in creating one of the greatest characters in film history!
Many thanks to lovely
for suggesting this vile bastard and
Update! (I'm George Lucasing stuff! Pray I don't alter anything further)
-fixed some scars, especially around the eyes.
-made new eyes. Why? Cause I'm Hannibal Chew. And I'm working on another Skywalker so I wanted to tie everything up. They are more blue/grey now.
Here's Luke Skywalker doll to keep Vader company: rono22.deviantart.com/art/Star…