Review by Atom
Kotobukiya has been releasing a series of 1/10th scale pre-painted snap-fit vinyl model kits for Star Wars. Model kit isn’t really the best term as they really are more of assemble-it yourself statues. First up we look at Darth Vader!
Vader comes in a thick, heavy cardboard box with images of the finished piece decorating the box. Inside the figure is packed in a vacuum formed tray broken into 5 parts: head, chest, arms, and lower body. Assembly takes just a minute or two and you are good to go.
Vader is in what I consider to be the most classic of poses for the character. Standing in a tall and neutral pose, Vader rests his hands on his belt. Most statue makers tend to put Vader in some crazy action pose, and while some may like that, it is not the Vader I see in my mind’s eye. This statue’s neutral pose is very much what I see when I think of the character.
Paint detail is excellent with no over/under spray anywhere. All the little details have been lovingly added to this piece.
Sculpt detail is very good and the use of flat and glossy parts really makes the figure look lifelike.
Not content to give you just one pose, Kotobukiya included a second arm to recreate him giving the order to put Captain Solo in the carbon freezing chamber.
Combine this with the included carbon freezing chamber base, and you are on your way to recreating one of the most famous moments from The Empire Strikes Back.
Also included is a plain magnetic base. Magnets in the feet of Darth Vader securely hold him to the base.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, fit, and finish of this Darth Vader piece. Kotokubiya once gain shows off just how good they do the fixed pose statue thing. If you’re looking for a good neutral posed Vader with excellent detail and craftsmanship this is the piece for you.
|Posted 28 September, 2011 - 13:29 by Atom|