Looking for a Christmas gift for the little darksider in the family? Chronicle Books may have something right up your alley.
On August 6th, 2012, Chronicle Books released an interesting collectible for fans of the Dark Lord. "Darth Vader: Together We Can Rule The Galaxy" includes a small Darth Vader Statuette and a small booklet as well. The booklet contains images from the films as well as quotes related to Vader and the dark side.
"This one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Darth Vader statue in a classic Force-choke pose, complete with a customizable display stand and a booklet of the Sith Lord's most chilling and inspirational quotes, is an essential totem for Star Wars fans or anyone wishing to master the dark side of the Force."
The inside of the box provides a nice little red display stand for the Vader statuette and the booklet slides into the back of the display stand.
The book itself is pocket sized (3 3/8" x 4 1/2"), and has it's pluses and minuses. On the bright side author Pete Vilmur provides one of the most concise (four small pages) yet complete summaries of the life of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. I loved this summary. The book works well for the one page images with quotes but the two-page images are disrupted by the size and binding of the book and too many of the images lost into the binding of the book.
In the end this is a curious product, to my mind best suited to younger kids. If you want to get your kids into collecting or if they saw a Gentle Giant bust and wanted one, but you don't want to shell out the money, this is a nice gift to get them, if they really dig the Vader statute, then down the road more expensive collectible statutes may be something for them to pick up.
At $19.95 or on sale for cheaper this is certainly an affordable entry level collectible, straddling the world of Star Wars books and Star Wars statuary. Not a must have for an adult, but i do think children would get a kick out of it.
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Author's Note: A review copy was provided by the publisher for this review.