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Episode IV Darth Vader full image

Model: SL-4339 Photo by: Dan Pedersen

Sith Lord Detachment 

Description: Darth Vader: ESB
Prefix: SL
Detachment: Sith Lord Detachment
See also: Darth Vader: ANH, Darth Vader: ROTJ
Context: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
His body thoroughly ravaged by war and conquest Lord Vader carries out the Emperor's will with a fist that is literally metal. More machine than man, the Lord of the Sith is kept alive and battle viable by his Dark Armor.

Costume components:

Helmet Dome

1. Helmet: The helmet is black, with a gloss finish. The front of the dome area culminates in an abrupt, blunted point centered between the eyes of the mask..

Helmet Mask

2. Face Mask: The face mask is painted in an alternating pattern of gloss black and gun metal grey. Lenses should be convex and tinted (dark smoke gray or bronze hue.) The chin vent is triangular and backed with a diamond-shaped grill. The mesh behind the chin and mouth grill openings is black. Additional screen backing may be used to conceal the wearer’s face. No skin should show under the helmet and mask. The rounded tusks are metal or other material painted to appear as aluminum.

Cape 3. Cape: Black, three-quarter circle, floor length in a wool or wool equivalent and lined with satin. The collar is black leather or leather-like material between one to one and half inches wide. An oblong-linked chain holds the cape closed. A two inch hem strip lines the bottom edge of the cape, alternatively, the lining of the cape may hang two inches below the bottom edge of the outer fabric of the cape.


4. Gloves: Black leather or leather-like material, mid-forearm in length. The upper surface is quilted in lines running parallel with the arm.


Chest Armor

5. Chest Armor: The chest armor is painted in alternating satin gun metal grey and black, with the center most raised section being in the gun metal grey. The shoulder bells are solid black. The bells are attached by black leather or webbing straps. The cape chain and catch are not visible.


Chest Box

6. Chest Box: The chest box is approximately 6 and seven-eighths of an inch square, painted gloss black and worn directly below the chest armor. It is connected by approximately one inch wide leather straps that are worn over the bodysuit and under the chest armor and surcoat. The straps are attached at the top and sides of the chest box.

On the face of the chest box is an arrangement of greeblies (aesthetic details.) This arrangement is bracketed by two sectional rod components held in place by hook shaped upper holders and bronze or brass colored lower holders components. The greeblies are identified as three coin slots (on wearer’s right), sectional rod shaped pieces to each side bearing a finned pattern, and blue (upper) and red (lower) square panels. The colored panels and coin slots are above four rocker switches that are (wearer’s right to left) three grey, and one red (leftmost). The box has five small switches like accessories between each rocker three and one above each colored rectangle. Aurabesh text appears below each of the coin slots.

Bodysuit Top

7. Bodysuit Top: Form fitting black leather or leather-like material, and with quilt lines one inch apart running vertically down the torso and arms. While a two piece (top and pant) body suit is recommended for mobility, a one piece body suit is acceptable. For comfort and heat dispersal an open mesh back is recommended.


Belt and Belt BoxesBelt and Belt BoxesBelt Saber hook 8. Belt & Belt Boxes: Black leather: or other material of similar look and feel belt, two–two and one quarter inches wide, composed of a buckle, two boxes, and light saber hook. The buckle is black and rectangular. It has an overlying silver “D” with narrow ascending rectangular cutouts from left to right. The smallest cutout is a hole, not a rectangle; on the wearer’s right and a raised silver circle to the wearer’s left. The belt boxes mirror one another. From the center outwards, each box has two green square light panels above a rectangular strip of inset hose, a small red light, and six silver posts/ knobs in two vertical columns of three. The green rectangular lights flat and without bevel. The red lights may be mounted in a metal bezel slightly larger than the light itself. All lights are constantly lit. Boxes should be placed centered vertically on the belt approximately one to two inches on each side of the buckle plate. The hook that holds the lightsaber is riveted with two rivets on the left hip side approximately one-half inch from the left belt box.

Surcoat 9. Surcoat: Ankle length black wool or fabric with an equivalent appearance and weight. The surcoat has open seams long the sides running from the waist to the floor. The garment is gathered in three pleats from the shoulder area on each side of the chest extending to the waist. The surcoat is worn over the codpiece, and under the chest armor and belt.

Codpiece 10. Codpiece: A padded-construction, the codpiece is faced in black leather or leather-like material. The cod covers the front of the body and extends to the hips. The rectangular inset at its center is edged with rolled piping. The corners of the rectangular inset should be slightly rounded. The codpiece is worn over the bodysuit, but under the belt and surcoat.

Bodysuit Pants

11. Bodysuit Pants: Form fitting black leather or leather-like material, and with quilt lines one inch apart running vertically down the legs. While a two-piece (top and pant) body suit is recommended for mobility, a one-piece body suit is also acceptable.

Boots 12. Shin Guards: Black gloss, covering the leg from the ankle to knee joint. Knee is shaped like a diamond, with 6 small square details just under it. A long swoop or U shaped cut out is seen extending from mid shin to ankle.

Shin Guards 13. Boots: Black lace-less round-toe boots of leather or leather-like material with a medium gloss shine. The Vader boot should come up to just below the knee.

Costume accessories:

Lightsaber 14. Lightsaber: Scratch built or high-end prop replica. (Scratch-built is based on the MPP Microflash or the Heiland Synchronar 3-Cell flash handle.)

*Some licensed costumes may require modifications for 501st Legion approval. Please visit the Sith Lord Detachment for guidelines on the modification of these products.

Last Updated: Sunday, 28 November, 2010 21:17

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