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Hey you Vaders...

Post by Cylon-Knight » Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:07 pm

I was wondering if any of you Vaders would care to post how much (a general figure would be fine) a quality Vader suit would cost to create. Is it around $1,000?

Also, what do you think is the hardest part to get "correct" ... Like the Cylon - is it the under suit?

If the "version" makes any difference (which movie) - Return of the Jedi Vader is the one I would want to build.


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Post by nashslash » Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:43 am

Vaders.....an expensive costume for sure if you want to do it right. Being realistic expect to pay anywhere above
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Post by GoldCylon » Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:21 am

I had a helmet for a while. I wasn't really into it, but I did chrome it. I sold it later on to a guy in Australia who was thrilled to have it.

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Post by Cylon-Knight » Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:35 am

nashslash wrote:I'm not giving you nothing until your cylon is made....
:twisted: heehee ... no, I'm going to do the Cylon 1st - yes. The Vader question was just a random thought for WAAAY down the road several years.

I have a Don Post Vader helmet, but that's it. Nothing the 501st would probably approve of.
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Post by Darth Clayton » Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:43 pm

3K to 5K, :wink: depending how "accurate" you want to be.. :wink: I found a lot of good deals when I did my ROTJ so I'm on the the lower end, but those a few and far between, and I was very LUCKY!

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Post by Cylon-Knight » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:43 pm

VERY NICE! What sort of sound system do you have in the suit? Breath sound? Voice Changer? Where do you put speaker(s) in a vader? In the chest box, helmet, belt??
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Post by Darth Clayton » Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:28 pm

Cylon-Knight wrote:VERY NICE! What sort of sound system do you have in the suit? Breath sound? Voice Changer? Where do you put speaker(s) in a vader? In the chest box, helmet, belt??
I have 2 speakers that hang on the chesbox straps at my side underneath the inner robe and a mp3 player with a breathing loop. I also have one of the Vortex2 voice changers, but I'm still tweaking it for that authentic JEJ sound and haven't used it in public as of yet..
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Post by cblackthorne » Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:23 pm

The price range depends alot on what you can build yourself. Personally, Im pretty good at sewing so I created all my soft parts myself (the cloak, robes, body suit, etc.).

The best advice is to not be in a rush! If you are patient, you can usually find some good deals on some quality armor products, especially on the 501st Sith Lords detachment forums. The members there are constantly upgrading and modifying their costumes, so you can get a spare piece here and there.

My Vader is a ROTJ style, which is probably one of the easiest to find pieces for next to the ESB style. The ROTS style is gaining in popularity, but quality pieces are still harder to find, in my opinion.

Another piece of advice, if you are going to do a ROTS Vader, stay away from the Rubies Supreme Vader. By the time you get finished modifying it to bring it up to standards, you might as well have started from scratch. Only a few of the pieces in that costume are accurate and you can definately tell the difference when a Rubies Vader stands next to a quality Vader.

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Re: Hey you Vaders...

Post by tejanovader » Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:58 pm

:cylon: My Vader Armor was really a mish-mosh of all the versions and does not really claim absolute film accuracy. This is primarily because of cost. Besides, in my area, I do not know of any other "as die hard fans" who would nit-pic over such minutia. So, to them, it is cool to see the effort. After all, putting any kind of effort into the uniform makes it a better version than the simple purchase of even the Revenge of the Sith version.
I agree, if you have the cash, you can get some great and accurate stuff. If you can either sew your own soft pieces, or get a seamstress to do it for you, you save a lot of money.
In my opinion, the belt and boxes are probably the most accessible pieces to make for the novice builder. The shoulder armor and helmet should be purchased, unless you have access to vaccuforming equipment and/or the ability and space to do molding. I do not have the resources to make my own helmet and purchasing "quality" is just too much beyond my budgetary limitations. So, I choose to be happy with the most recent Rubies helmet. I figure, at least, I have one, ya know? The helmet alone can be over $1,500 in some cases.
Oh, did I mention the suit is as hot as Hades? You had best have some kind of mini-fan. All the other gadgets, raning from voice and breathing effects, can run a pretty penny as well. Good luck, because you are at the start of a long journey.........

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Post by FLIGHTLDR SERPENTINE » Sat Oct 25, 2014 6:16 am

Depending on how far into it you want to go, as others have already said here, you can have something decent at a glance (Halloween style) for a few hundred $. I am a Vader purist and self-proclaimed officianado. I've been building my ANH Vader for 2 decades! I am about 90% there, but will never show it until it's done. I've spent thousands of $ and frankly thousands of hours in research etc. Finding a taylor to accurately make that suit alone took me 15+ years. It may seem a little more commonplace now (though the average ebay and RPF suit is not accurate enough for my taste) but it was every bit as difficult to get someone to do the suit accurately as it is to do the cylon undersuit. An accurate custom codpiece
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Re: Hey you Vaders...

Post by Cylon-Knight » Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:44 pm

WOW, awesome info - thanks.
Now, photos of your suit? Please!!!
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