#Toy Tuesday – Lego Vader’s Transformation

I’ll be honest, I was quite disappointed by this set. It was one that I wanted to get when it was announced. It looked cool and the selection of mini-figs was pretty good. Darth Vader, injured Anakin Skywalker and Darth Sidious. It even comes with two very screen accurate buildable medical droid figures. And £19.99 for 282 pieces is a decent bargain.

Building the outer ring was a fairly repetitive process, broken up with a lever at the 3 and 9 positions which are meant to topple the block built structures that sit on top of them. The mechanism at the 12 position lowers Vader’s helmet down onto his head (if positioned just right) and at the 6 position is the main play feature, the operating table, where, in Revenge of the Sith Anakin is put into the iconic suit.

Like on the Carbon Freeze Chamber I wrote about in a previous #Toy Tuesday post, the main play feature is operated with a rod that when it is pulled and twisted, turns the operating table which is built with room for a mini-fig on either side, evoking the transformation effect.

And a swift manoeuvre with the rod and voila…

The helmet can then be lowered by sliding the mechanism up and down. When positioned correctly you can get great images of that iconic moment in Revenge of the Sith.

You get the idea.

And another operation of the rod and the table raises to an upright position, allowing the Dark Lord of the Sith to step away from the table.

Like in the film, you can make it look like Vader is throwing a Force tantrum by using levers on either side of the set to knock things over.

As I said before, I felt disappointed by this set. I really hoped for something more like the Carbon Freeze Chamber with great detail. This set, for me ended up being about the mini-figs.

The set is still available but I have a feeling that it may be up for retirement in the next six months to a year. It still retails on the Lego Web-Store for £19.99 which is reasonable for the number of pieces, it’s a nice set but it left me feeling underwhelmed.

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