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Kaiyodo's "Screamin"
Darth Vader
1/6 Vinyl Figure

By Lorna Jenkins

 

With the recent publicity surrounding "Star Wars, The Phantom Menace", there has been a corresponding revival of interest in the original Star Wars trilogy. A number of different manufacturers have, over the years, produced kits of varying quality for the modeller interested in the Star Wars universe.

An example of the best of those available would have to be the Screamin' series of figure kits. These covered a number of the characters from the three films and are notable for their good quality and the fact that they are nearly all in the same scale - very much a rarity in science fiction kits. While they have been out for a while, they are definitely worth a look and are still readily available.

The Darth Vader figure itself is a fixed posed figure in 1/6 scale and comes with a removable helmet so you can detail his head as seen in "The Empire Strikes Back". It is packaged in a nice strong box to protect the 9 vinyl kit parts (further sealed in plastic to prevent scratching). Upon close inspection of the parts, I couldn't see any scratches at all and the vinyl itself is of very good quality. Lines are crisp, detail is good and the flow of the cape in particular is excellent.


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As with all vinyl kits, there are a few things to keep in mind. The excess vinyl left by the moulding process must be removed. The best way to do this is by warming the area to be cut in either warm water or with a hairdryer. This will allow you to cut the pieces more easily. Be careful!! Once it is warm, the knife will go through the vinyl like butter if you don't go slowly. All the kit pieces must then be washed in soapy water to remove the release agent. Once you've done this, you can get on with the fun of putting it together.

Due to the weight of the cape itself, it's best to fix your figure firmly to a base and put some ballast in the legs. With only nine pieces in the kit, assembly is very simple and the instruction sheet is correspondingly basic. Although it does include a good tip which is not often stressed - use acrylic paint!!

Conclusion

When completed, the figure is quite large (almost 30cm), allowing you to get the full benefit of the attention to detail that has gone into it. This is a figure kit that really reflects the character upon which it is based and has yet to be superseded by anyone else. It's an excellent kit for anyone wanting to build a figure, add to their science fiction collection or just to do something a bit different.

The kit itself is made by Kaiyodo in Japan for Screamin' and is available from Hobbylink Japan for approx. $40 USD plus shipping.




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