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Interest INT: Accurately sized Darth Vader mannequins

Discussion in 'Project Runs' started by dday, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi all,
    I’m gearing up to offer a fully accurate Darth Vader sized and articulated mannequin to the community.
    Right now I’m working with the manufacturer in sorting the details to get the custom sculpt made.

    The base mannequin will be made to this set of measurements:
    Height: 198cm
    Neck To Floor: 69" (~175.26 cm)
    Back Neck To Hip: seated 30.5" (~77.47 cm)
    Torso Length: neck front to neck back through crotch 72" (~182.88 cm)
    Shoulders across back 19.5" (~49.53 cm)
    Chest: 45.5" (~115.57 cm)
    Upper Chest: 47" (~119.38 cm)
    Under Chest: 41.5" (~105.41 cm)
    Waist: 40" (~101.60 cm)
    Hips: 46.5" (~118.11)
    Armseye: 27" (~68.58 cm)
    Bicep: 17" (~43.18 cm)
    Elbow" 14.5" (~36.83 cm)
    Forearm: 14.5" (~36.83 cm)
    Wrist: 10.5" (~26.67 cm)
    Sleeve shoulder to wrist 27.75" (~70.49 cm)
    Shoulder To Elbow: 14.75" (~37.47 cm)
    Shoulder To Finger Tip: 35.5" (~90.17 cm)
    Underarm To Wrist: 18.5" (~46.99 cm)
    Underarm To Elbow: 6.5" (~16.51 cm)
    Inseam To Ankle: 31" (~78.74 cm)
    Inseam To Floor: 36" (~91.44 cm)
    Outseam To Ankle: 45.5" (~115.57 cm)
    Outseam To Floor: 49.25" (~125.10 cm)
    Knee To Ankle: 18.5" (~46.99 cm)
    Knee To Floor: 22.5" (~57.15 cm)
    Rise: waist front to waist back through crotch 35" (~88.90 cm)
    Thigh: 27.5" (~69.85 cm)

    The body will be a rigid fiberglass mannequin. This is to ensure that you have a good solid base to hold the weight of this costume. Like your standard mannequin they will come apart at the waist and 1 leg and both arms. This will help keep packaging from getting too large.

    The feet will detach at the ankle and lock in place so that you have an easy time getting your boots on without having to drill any holes in the boots.

    The head will be an egg shaped non-detailed head. This will make putting on and off the helmet much easier so you don’t have to cut off the nose or chin.

    The arms will be articulated like real arms. They will have a 360 rotation at the shoulder, standard elbow range of motion, 360 wrist and 3 joint fingers (2 on the thumb). They will either be fiberglass or wood, but will be sized with the ability to take on any pose the human body can take. The joints will be strong enough to hold their position without slipping over time, to include while holding a standard weight metal lightsaber.

    Unfortunately I do not have any photos right now as this is still in the concept phase and the manufacturer has not begun sculpting the body yet.
    In order to get these made to the custom specifications and ability, there is a considerable investment required and to those ends, I’m using the interest thread to gauge who would be interested in buying one of these.

    The best I have is a mockup:

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    This is a pure interest thread, no funds involved, no financial commitment. My partner and I (Jim Sauter of TK Products LLC) need to understand the demand before we put down the funds to get the company started on creating these.

    These will be made available in the USA through Jim and his website (voicebooster.com) and in Europe through me. Right now though, I just need your interest call and if you are USA or Europe.

    This list will be posted in 3 locations (in no particular order):
    The SLD, the RPF, and the FISD. The interest list on each of the 3 websites will only reflect the interest from that forum and I will collect the combined information separately.

    Price looks to be 450Euros each.

    INTEREST:
    Heisenberg07
    warrenhouck
    clutch
    tom1971
    chalback
    reel fakes
    odiwan 71
    ataru1971ita
    Droids Inc.
    Darth Niob
    ramphastid
    darth whitey
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2015
  2. Heisenberg07

    Heisenberg07 Active Member

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    I am interested pending final price. :)
     
  3. warrenhouck

    warrenhouck Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Interested but sounds expensive :/
     
  4. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I realize now I failed to add the estimated pricing.

    It looks to be 450 Euros each, which for what we're getting is a pretty outstanding price.
     
  5. Clutch

    Clutch Master Member

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    Shipping will be killer.
     
  6. warrenhouck

    warrenhouck Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow, that is an outstanding price for a custom mannequin
     
  7. Tom1971

    Tom1971 Sr Member

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    What is shipping for U.S.??
     
  8. chalback

    chalback Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Interested I live in Canada
     
  9. Clutch

    Clutch Master Member

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    These vader mannequin threads pop up every so often. I've never seen one follow through to completion. If this can be done for this price, I'd be interested.
     
  10. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Clutch, I'm going to follow through. I've already got the manufacturer on the line, we're been discussing details and I know I can do it and do it right.

    Shipping within Europe is about 30 Euros, Orders in the USA are handled by Jim of www.voicebooster.com and will also be very reasonable. I'm not sure about canada and anything outside of the USA and Europe. I will have to wait to see the box size to get a better idea of the cost but it will be in this range for all locations.
     
  11. Reel Fakes

    Reel Fakes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Interested.
     
  12. Tom1971

    Tom1971 Sr Member

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    Interested after shipping, final price, pics, etc.

    Very interested. :D
     
  13. ataru72ita

    ataru72ita Well-Known Member

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    Supa dupa interested and You know You should have warned me about this!!!:rolleyes:behave
    But I forgive You!!:angel:lol:D:lol

    Can't wait for mine!!:thumbsup

    Regards,

    Alberto
     
  14. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    You know I am in Derrek

    Markus
     
  15. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks guys! I've put you down.

    Ataru, I figured you would see the post and slap down your interest eventually.

    I'm going to push the manufacturer to see about a digital mockup or something. Updates when I find them of course.
     
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  16. Droids inc

    Droids inc Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Please add me to the list.
    Thanks
    B
     
  17. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Added

    Also, I got a mockup of the mannequin. The size and shape of the mannequin will change a lot based on the measurements I have listed but this gives you at least a photo of something similar.
     
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  18. Darth Niob

    Darth Niob Sr Member

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    I'm in depending on price.
     
  19. Ramphastid

    Ramphastid Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm interested for sure.
     
  20. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I've added you both to the interest listing.

    I'm working on some details and then I will get the master prototype built. After this is done and I have some photos of the final product, you'll get a full set of photos and a video for sure!
     
  21. Darth Niob

    Darth Niob Sr Member

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    Got my email regarding the specs?
     
  22. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yes sir, I did. I will 100% take this into account.
     
  23. Lichtbringer

    Lichtbringer Sr Member

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    Hi Derrek.

    Any new infos on the delayed poseable mannequin run?

    Havn´t heard any updates since some time ..... or did i missed anything? :unsure
     
  24. darthwhitey

    darthwhitey Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm not a Vader expert, but from what I've seen here an accurate Vader manny is the holy grail for many fans.

    For around $500 USD I think this would be great! I've sourced plenty of mannequins and good ones aren't cheap. If you can offer a killer manny for $500 I think you'll sell a lot of them.

    A couple ideas.

    In my experience building 1:1 figures, the key is the arms and hands. It sounds like you'll be able to get movement in the shoulders and elbows of your manny. They secret will be the ability to "lock down" the pose. The shoulder and elbow almost need some kind of ratcheting joint that will hold it's position and only move with a goof amount of force.

    The other key will be the hands. Most guys skimp on the hands and you can tell from a mile away. If there's any way you can find high quality articulated fingers I think it's worth the money. Personally, I would pay extra to have fully adjustable wrists and hands. This is what sells your statue as "real."

    The majority of 1:1 figures look like a costume on a department store manny...with a little engineering and money I think the perfect Vader manny can be made...it's just going to take some work. :)

    Please put me down as interested!
     
  25. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Michael, I've been sending regular updates to the paypal email from everyones order, I just double checked and I see your email on it. sending you a PM now with some details.

    Long story short, they finally arrive on my door tomorrow and I'll start sending them out the same day!
     
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  26. Lichtbringer

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    Hi Derrek,

    don´t worry, i´m not in a hurry - was just curious if the customs problems/delays were solved.

    Iirr i got the last message 2 or 3 weeks ago?
     
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  27. Vince

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    Figures that you guys would start an interest thread right after I spent a small fortune having a custom manny done!! Haha, ah well that's life I guess! Though I doubt I'll be buying a mannequin myself,I will be watching this thread very intently! :)
     
  28. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well, I've sorted the details and this production will happen.

    The funds will be invested to get this prototyped. Once the prototype is done I will photograph, and dress it as well as gather some opinions of the local Vader experts to ensure that this indeed is the Mannequin we are looking for.

    Then, I will offer the pre-order.

    I'm thinking we're looking at the 1st of the year or so for full production sales.
     
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  29. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    WOHOOOOO!!!!

    Seems like I should keep my eyes open for some Prowse sized soft parts now ;)
    My current setup is tailored to my specs

    Markus
     
  30. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yes, right! Most people will have a hard time fitting their own suits on this thing since Prowse is generally bigger vs most of us. Maybe not height, but arms and chest!

     
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  31. ataru72ita

    ataru72ita Well-Known Member

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    Hey Derrek,

    do You have any news for us on this??:angel

    Regards,

    Alberto
     
  32. admiral mick

    admiral mick New Member

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    interested ! :thumbsup
     
  33. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi Alberto, right now it's a question of funding. I have a few other projects going right now that are draining my funds to get the master sculpt and mold made for the Prowse sized Vader.

    I'm about 1800 short to get started. I will have to look at things in one month when the current investments have died down to get started on this one. It is still 100% on the front of my list though.

     
  34. ataru72ita

    ataru72ita Well-Known Member

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    So glad this run hasn't been forgotten!!

    Keep us informed!!

    Regards,

    Alberto
     
  35. shenphong

    shenphong Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm signed up on another forum but still very interested!
     
  36. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi guys! never forgotten. This is still happening I'm just closing off current projects before I start on this one. It's just a matter of time! I'm very close to this topic and have a personal interest in making it happen for sure.
     
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  37. Clutch

    Clutch Master Member

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    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......
     
  38. darthwhitey

    darthwhitey Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yeah, any updates?
     
  39. vaderdarth

    vaderdarth Master Member

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    interested pending price
     
  40. ShadyCanuck

    ShadyCanuck Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Also interested pending price
     
  41. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Don´t worry, Derrek will make this happen!
    He´s just having too many projects running parallely, so his resources are limited.
     
  42. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thread is aliveEeee!!!!

    I've engaged the manneqiun company and we're getting the design hammered out now. dealing with things like shoulder, elbow, wrist and finger joints, as well as ankle joints. Well, at least some way to put the foot into a tall boot with no zipper.

    The sizes are locked down. this thing will be a monster.

    Updates as I get them, but it's still a few months out before I have a sculpted prototype ready for molding.

    Once there is a prototype, I will start taking orders and deposits for this.

    For those who get in as a pre-order there will be cost savings. So Start saving now :D
     
  43. imdocjoe

    imdocjoe Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Interested
     
  44. nightryder32

    nightryder32 New Member

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    I'm interested

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
     
  45. Jediscum

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    Interested as well
     
  46. ThomasBond

    ThomasBond Active Member

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    Interested for sure.
     
  47. jochensen

    jochensen New Member

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    I'm also interested!
     
  48. Cry-Lo Ren

    Cry-Lo Ren Active Member

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    what is the price in USD?
     
  49. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Take THIS as my pre-order Derek!

    thanks so much for your efforts to make these available :)
     
  50. ThomasBond

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    I'm in. Need me a good Vader Mannequin.
     

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