Vince's 1:1 Lifesize ESB DARTH VADER

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Vince, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. Vince

    Vince Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    I finally get to show off my completed Life-Size Darth Vader!

    He is modeled after Vader's appearance in The Empire Strikes Back and features poseable arms, wrists, and hands. He stands at 6'9" tall fully dressed and is displayed on a custom modified 6'6" tall mannequin.

    This is the crown-jewel of my collection and has taken a looong time to finish (I started way back when with a rubies supreme and a cheap eBay manny).

    Here's a quick run-down of the parts used:

    -Helmet - JB ESB
    -Armour - Also apparently JB, but I've been told it could be a GH recast
    -Shins - Portumac
    -Body suit - Custom Props
    -Surcoat - Custom Props
    -Cape - Custom Props
    -Gloves - Custom Props
    -Cod piece - Artisan Props
    -Belt - Artisan Props
    -Chest Straps - KevVader
    -Chest Panel - AceReplicas
    -Belt Boxes - AceReplicas
    -Buckle - AceReplicas
    -Boots - Florsheim Imperial Boots

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    And below I've included some pics of the mannequin I had modified to better meet the proportions of David Prowse. The white mannequins standing to the left and right in the first shot are 6 feet tall, giving you a good idea of how huge this guy really is.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Please feel free to leave feedback! As most of you Vader-makers out there know by now....this project is never-ending and I already have plans for improvements haha.

    -Vince
     
    juajn7fernandez, jkno and SofaKing01 like this.
  2. LorduDesign

    LorduDesign Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,085
    You did great job here :D
     
  3. warrenhouck

    warrenhouck Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    935
    Its gorgeous bro. And where did you find that perfect mannequin??
     
  4. Vince

    Vince Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    Thank you sir! I had to have a regular mannequin modified (made taller, added articulated arms etc.) It was done by Ruben's Display World in Cali.
     
  5. warrenhouck

    warrenhouck Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    935
    I'm always hacking mine up at the elbow joints. May I ask how much a mannequin like that runs? PM me if you'd like. And can I ask about the lightsaber maker? I'm in the middle of a Vader build myself and if I could get it even close to yours I'd be thrilled!
     
  6. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    3,376
    GREAT ESB Vader!

    Curious about the mannequin as well

    Markus
     
  7. matty matt

    matty matt Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,991
    That looks spectacular. Great work putting it all together. I think you're going to get a lot of questions about that mannequin!
     
  8. Darth Niob

    Darth Niob Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,486
    Also interested in this mannequin...at least the posable arms. Are they available seperated also? Have never seen such arms. Great lookin Vader.
     
  9. Darth Niob

    Darth Niob Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,486
    Ah and regarding the boots ....which modell you used for your Vader?
     
  10. Snowmann

    Snowmann Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    292
    Impressive, you have done a great job. Love him :thumbsup
     
  11. darthwhitey

    darthwhitey Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,635
    Looks great, a very natural pose. The pose MAKES any 1:1 piece in my opinion. The best costume can be ruined by a crappy mannequin.

    I love the look of the arms kind of hanging there and also like the one foot slightly forward. It all really works!

    I've bought from Ruben's before. Can you share a little more with us on the process of getting that customized manny from him? I'm sure if we contact him he could make any one interested one as well?

    thanks!
     
  12. Vince

    Vince Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    Hey Warren, I PM'd you regarding the manni price. As for the lightsaber, it's a gutted Force FX ESB.
     
  13. Sym-Cha

    Sym-Cha Master Member

    Trophy Points:
    3,305
    Absolutely stunning ... so how do you regard the quality of all materials used by Custom Props? . . . And what do you mean by future improvements?

    Chaim
     
  14. shenphong

    shenphong Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,015
    PM sent on the mannequin too, that is a great looking vader.
     
  15. Darth Niob

    Darth Niob Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,486
    A friend contacted the seller regarding the manni....dont want to post a price here cause its not my thread but i can tell you......NOT CHEAP!!!
     
  16. Vince

    Vince Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    Haha, yes the mannequin itself was not a cheap purchase to say the least. Regarding the boots, they are Florsheim "imperial" boots size 13 and actually only come above the ankle. I want to eventually upgrade to an accurate knee-high riding boot but I need to figure a way to fit the mannequin's support rod.
     
  17. Vince

    Vince Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    Thanks a lot Sym! I can say that the 3-piece leather body suit is quite nice and achieves the desired effect. The gloves I am not happy with as I found that some of the fingers don't align properly :unsure. The cape and surcoat are....ok. As far as future improvements, I'd like to update to some Magnoli gloves and a KevVader cape-set.
     
  18. Vince

    Vince Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    Thanks a lot for the kind words, it really means a lot. I was trying to emulate the pose from an ESB promo shot and I looked heavily to some of the better Vaders on the board for reference (BrentM, Gino etc.)

    I initially contacted Ruben about creating a complete custom mannequin using David Prowse's ESB measurements. The price of something like that was a little too rich for my blood (haha) so we worked on an alternative and he suggested modifying an existing mannequin. I showed him some pics of the look I was going for (the promo shots and work from other board members) and he found a 6'3" tall mannequin that matched the look I was going for. He extended the height of the manni and added articulated arms and hands.

    I think this is the base mannequin he used....

    http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/shangshu-manufacturer-realistic-fat-male-big_1889516772.html
     
  19. kurtyboy

    kurtyboy Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    2,870
    Wow! The choice of poses with that beauty!!!
     
  20. Kroenen77

    Kroenen77 Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,910
    One word:Awesome!:):thumbsup
     
  21. shenphong

    shenphong Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,015
    Will you be leaving the base as is or going with a custom stand at all?
     
  22. Vince

    Vince Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    I was actually looking into doing a custom "carbon freeze chamber" style stand eventually...
     
  23. belloq

    belloq Well-Known Member

    Trophy Points:
    941
    Love the pose. Did you need to pad the chest to acheive Prowse dimensions?
     
  24. Vince

    Vince Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    Thanks Belloq, I was trying to mimic this promo pic when I chose the pose...

    7f1ca4e8.jpg

    I DID need to pad the chest slightly, but doing so made an incredible improvement.
     
    warrenhouck and Sym-Cha like this.
  25. darthwhitey

    darthwhitey Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    1,635
    Now that I see that pic I love your Vader even more!! Replicating a famous pose is tricky with the severe limitations of mannequins. That's why I love your choice, it's an iconic pose that CAN be done with a little tweaking to a normal manny.
     
  26. Vince

    Vince Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    Added a nice black display stand for my 1:1 Vader

    IMG_20151223_235058.jpg
     
    russellsch and juajn7fernandez like this.
  27. Indy Magnoli

    Indy Magnoli Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    3,651
    Very nice!
     
  28. RayR

    RayR Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

    Trophy Points:
    666
    Impressive!
     
  29. Vince

    Vince Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    Thanks guys!
     
  30. KevVader

    KevVader Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,476
    Sweet Vince! Let me know when you're ready for a capeset! Long time, no chat!

    Cheers!
     
  31. openmcc2

    openmcc2 New Member

    Trophy Points:
    2
    Hi, Kev
    Could you please email me some ESB Vader cape & cloaks info?
    Thanks!
    Bill
    openmcc@verizon.net
     
  32. Tatooinetako

    Tatooinetako Member

    Trophy Points:
    112
    That in my room would give me nightmares!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  33. TazVader

    TazVader Sr Member

    Trophy Points:
    1,535
    Looks beautiful and the new base really sets it off. Wow!!

    Regards
    T
    A
    Z


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  34. Vince

    Vince Active Member

    Trophy Points:
    341
    Thank you all very much, the feedback is definitely appreciated!

    Looking back, I wish I had had the mannequin maker shave the ears and nose off the manni. I feel like the helmet should be higher up on the shoulders.
     

Share This Page