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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:31 am 
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NoHumorMan wrote:
I like it for what it is. A straight out of the box display piece.


Exactly how I feel.

Some more pictures here...

http://www.cooltoyreview.com/SDCC09/01SSCStarWarsBUSTS/

The sculpt doesn't have much of a likeness of Shaw IMO, but it's nice nonetheless. I really like the expression.
Not sure about the other pieces, but the mask looks like it's made out of some kind of soft plastic. Hmmm...


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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:19 am 
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There are some other cool pieces in that display.


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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:03 pm 
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Price is 1250 USD.


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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:45 pm 
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I think that's actually a superb price.

If you consider accurate armor is $400-600, and a good helmet starts at $400, and then all those reveal parts will cost something, then throw in a partial cape, then you have to factor in time and labor to paint it and the reveal parts. The cost of an Anakin head may cost you another $150 or so.

All in all, it's a very fair value.

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Above, you can see some softness in detail and deliberate modifications that are extremely hard for the regular fan to modify, namely the frown bump and the height of the crown area. But if you're not anal about something being 1 or 2 mm off, the average fan is going to really be blown away.

I don't like the dome; it looks idealized, and the mid strip looks way to wide, and the flare angle is quite wide as well. It looks kind of symmetrical, and might have been really good with a ROTS helmet. Looks way better in shape than the Northglass ROTS. However, notice the interior - it's smooth.

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How many sources outside of MR offered a smooth dome interior like that? (Don't mention the Rubie's plastic helmet, as that is injection molded plastic, and that doesn't count).

Also notice that the neck is not flared. It has to be pulled in, in order to attach to the dental neck brace.

Although when the mask is on the neck, the tubes are reasonably in-line with each other, the mouth isn't. It's sitting way too high, making the flanking tubes look off, not to mention it's creating a very thick bottom lip. Hopefully a good modder can modify the neck and adjust the seating with minimal impact to the overall appearance. That would be a huge boost to the overall appearance.

Overall, it's a great value, and to make a comparable bust with fan sources it would cost perhaps more.


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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:59 pm 
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Summed up very well Mac. :thumbsup


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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:54 pm 
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What does everyone think of the chest armor?
Do you think it is the least bit accurate?

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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:00 pm 
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I will say this...I give it a month before people start pouring rubber and putting it on eBay.


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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:27 pm 
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The more I look at it, I think it's using a mask base other than the Illusive Concepts.


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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:20 pm 
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I really like the stern no bulls@#t look to the Anakin portion of the bust. More what I would expext to see pulling Vader's mask off. To me the Illusive version sorta made ole Anakin look like a dirty old sex pervert.


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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:37 pm 
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Mac, the mask for the illusive was the same as the Rubies statue/Jeff /GH mask
I still have the pieces of the Illusive and the mask had the exact same look including the mounting ring.

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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:30 pm 
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http://www.sideshowtoy.com/videos.php?videoID=420


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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:09 pm 
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Interesting. They didn't go for the ROTS face interior so there is no way to let light in and see the eyes.


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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 5:13 pm 
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Okay, did a composite to create a larger image. This is the interior of the mask.

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I think this is an okay way to go. Dolling up the interior to look like ROTS would have kicked the price up considerably. Further, since this is an OT bust, the ROTS-inspired mask interior's design hadn't come into canon back in the ROTJ days, I don't think.

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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:01 am 
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For what it is, who it's marketed to and what it costs................it's really not so bad. I know it doesn't meet our standards, but that's alot of details and a huge collectible for just a hair over a thousand bucks. You can't hardly cover the costs of your materials and pieces needed for your own scratch built one...............for that price.

It beats the Chiodo one in my opinion, though I liked that Shaw sculpt better. At least it somewhat looked like Shaw.

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 Post subject: Re: Sideshow 1:1 Vader bust
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:46 am 
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Some photos:

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Comparison:

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Inside:

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