On request from JediTricks here’s a review of 8010 Technic Darth Vader:
Wow. The LEGO Technic Star Wars line is really getting to be something when it comes to “human” characters with this kit you know.
As in the case with my 8007 Technic C-3PO, 8008 Technic Stormtrooper and 8009 Technic R2-D2 my sample once again came in a thick cardboard box without the inner “tray” that are common in what I call “seal boxes issues” but the dark side is strong with cardboard...
The instruction booklet:
Is in full color and 48 pages long and takes you through building the left and right leg, torso, head and finally the left and right arm that holds the lightsaber on pages 2 to 46 and once again there’s no alternative model to build included in the instruction booklet.
Parts and construction:
Parts come in four sealed plastic bags with pictures on them for each step building the kit and the instruction is pretty much clear on all points and easy to follow and shouldn’t cause any problems for anyone building this dark Sith Lord. Also included in the kit is a small decal sheet with decals to improve details on the Sith Lord’s belt and chest plate but once again they should have been printed on the parts instead but it’s okay anyway to me at least.
The dark Sith Lord himself:
Wow! This is simply the best so far of the “human” characters in the LEGO Technic Star Wars line and it’s a very good representation of the dark Sith Lord himself and as far as I can see only the coming 8011 Technic Jango Fett will be in this standard. This kit sure has some really nice features such as a cloth cape and even a chain for it, one piece helmet and a very long lightsaber that swings up as you can raise the Sith Lord’s right arm as well as a more dynamic pose then the Stormtrooper and C-3PO kits. The only thing I actually could complain about with this kit is that the shoulders of the Sith Lord are a bit too narrow but if he had been some what wider over the shoulders he would have been perfect when one has in mind that he’s made out of (Technic) LEGO bricks. A real nice companion (or companions if you got several of them) is the 8008 Technic Stormtrooper that I’ve made a review of earlier on since you can make rather excellent displays with the two of them combined together. Out of all the droids and “human” beings in the LEGO Star Wars Technic line Darth Vader is one of the best of them along with the Pit Droid, Battle Droid and Destroyer Droid and therefore I’ll give him a total amount of five out of five lightsaber’s for being so menacing.
Now remember people that this is just my personal opinion...
Lars Olsson in Sundsvall, Sweden.