Friday, May 24, 2013

Old School Sith Lord

I had that big guy up there for several years before I knew who he was. My original was in worse shape though, and was missing his cape and lightsaber. I'm not sure how I originally came into possession of Darth Vader. Going by his condition, he must have been a hand-me-down from one of my older cousins. Or, he could have been something my mom picked up at a yard sale. She used to love hitting the garage sales, and I was usually lucky enough to be the one she was buying for. Regardless of where he came from, I could just tell he was a bad guy. It must be the face. I don't think anyone could have a face like that, and still be a good guy.

The lightsaber hilt always puzzled me. I had never seen a complete Darth Vader at that point, so I just pretended it was a laser gun of some sort. Sometimes I would stick a G.I. Joe knife in there, and have him run around attacking people like that. In the end though, Old Darth just didn't have the panache or the staying power of Destro or Cobra Commander. It wasn't long before he started spending most of his time at the bottom of the toy box. He most likely ended up being part of the great action figure massacre of 1994. It's an event that led to me destroying most of my toys I'd collected up until that point. If I could travel in time, it's one of the first places I'd stop, and I would give my 13 year old self a smack in the head. Trust me, he was starting to become a real jackass, and having my future self come and give him a wake up call would have prevented so many problems.

Figures like this Darth Vader remind me that my tastes are changing as I get older. Years ago, I would have dismissed these figures because of their lack of articulation and their simple appearance. Now, I find myself appreciating that same simplicity. For me, the vintage Star Wars line is starting to transcend from just mere toys, to miniature works of art. You know, maybe I should try to figure out how to frame some of these guys. Chelsea always says I don't have enough of my own decorations around the house..


  1. Exactly. I would have dismissed this figure today but back then they were great. I think I need to rethink my position.

    1. I chalk it up to my desire to downsize in my life. These guys have few joints, and fewer accessories, so they don't take up much room in the toy box.

  2. Classic! And one I had in my youth.


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