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David Prowse IS Darth Vader
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It's not often you get the chance to build Lego with Darth Vader.
About this creation
At approximately 18,000 bricks, this is my Darth Vader artwork using the 'stacked trans' technique I picked up of Adam Myers (getdamonkey_) on Flickr. It took around three months from conception to completion including image processing, test building, panicking about whether or not there'd be enough trans 1x1s in the pick-a-brick at Leeds and rear structure / support.



The starting point for the whole creation was to build something that David Prowse could autograph. It would be fair to say that it got a little out of hand but in the end, Mr Prowse signed some flat tiles which have been added to the top left (given his state of health, I decided against asking him to try and sign the tiles whilst they were on the artwork).



Keen fans might recognise the image from the first DVD box set release of the original trilogy. It's still one of my favourite Vader images and ideal, if ambitious for this project.



There's around 80 to 100 hours of constant plate stacking involved and it consumed around three to four weeks of my life. I really like this technique though as it's affordable, the stacking adds great relief to the image and the shading looks great.



Mr Prowse was also kind enough to add the final brick, truly making this a very special Lego Creation. An 18,000 brick Darth Vader Lego artwork completed and signed by the man who played Darth Vader.



As a life-long Lego and Star Wars fan, I feel that I have achieved something in this creation with a lot of personal resonance, And it's fair to say that standing there building Lego with Darth Vader, is a moment I will never forget.

Thank you.



Comments

 I made it 
  May 9, 2015
Quoting Nerds forprez Extremely impressive. But 18000 pieces.... that is at least $1800. I know it is somewhat taboo to discuss $ regarding projects.... but I think it directly relates to the feasability of the method that you are doing. It is a wonderful method, but may not catch on in terms of popularity as you speak of given that there are many who just opt not to spend that amount of dough on their hobbies.
Hi there. Thanks for the comment. Of the 18,000 bricks, 17,200 or so are 1x1 trans plates. I got these form the pick-a-brick at my local LEGO store where I was able to fit (at a guess) around 3,000 in a large tub. The overall cost of this creation, I would estimate at around £200-£250 (Sterling). That includes around 6 PAB cups of 1x1 trans, 5 PAB cups of black 4x8 and 4x10 plates and various baseplates and bricks for the backing and support. I hope that answers your query. As for the technique catching on: each to their own.
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  May 6, 2015
Extremely impressive. But 18000 pieces.... that is at least $1800. I know it is somewhat taboo to discuss $ regarding projects.... but I think it directly relates to the feasability of the method that you are doing. It is a wonderful method, but may not catch on in terms of popularity as you speak of given that there are many who just opt not to spend that amount of dough on their hobbies.
 I made it 
  September 19, 2014
Quoting Tom Remy classy! I may borrow that technique - though you said it's not yours...
Look for Adam Myers on Flickr, I discovered the technique from him. I'm sure it's going to get more popular.
 I like it 
  September 18, 2014
classy! I may borrow that technique - though you said it's not yours...
Luc Byard
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Graeme Straughn
  September 17, 2014
Woahhh... That's amazing... Very amazing... Good work!!
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  September 17, 2014
Man this is awesome! I wonder if he said "I am your father" using Earl Jones' voice :D
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  September 17, 2014
I'll admit it took me until the second picture to figure it out, but once I did...bravo! A work of art, this. Well done sir, well done!
Luc Byard
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Lego Jim ....
  September 16, 2014
Wow! That is impressive. An awesome MOC and an awesome background story for it now too. Great job and nice touch getting it autographed too. Get it framed, something with glass to keep dust off it. That picture will be around for a long time I bet. Excellent work.
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  September 16, 2014
Very nicely made! I met Dave Prowse year before last in a Waterstones Bookstore and he signed his Autobiography for me! --Blast--
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  September 16, 2014
Truly a masterpiece!
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  September 16, 2014
Magical.
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  September 15, 2014
Wow. That's great! Awesome!! Epic!!!
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  September 15, 2014
Wow. I bet you'll never, EVER forget that. The mosaic is awesome too. :D
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  September 15, 2014
Beautiful contrast! Nice art piece!
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  September 15, 2014
The Force is strong with this one. That is AMAZING.
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  September 15, 2014
I like how you left thinks not entirely flat with those clear pieces. It a weird inversed 3D quality to it. And I agree, that is one of the coolest looking Darth Vader designs. Very cool that Prowsr was willing to sign it and be part of the final steps of the build. A great mosaic.
 I like it 
  September 15, 2014
Whoah, that is amazing. The technique with the stacked clear tiles really gives it an interesting depth. Great work!
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  September 15, 2014
That technique is definitely one of my favorites. As you said, the shading is great. Excellent work! And the fact that David Prowse put the last piece on and signed it is so cool.
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  September 15, 2014
Fantastic. Great piece of Lego art. What patience you must have. And signed to boot. I'm envious as a Star Wars fan. Are you going to do another one featuring Green Cross Codeman?
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  September 15, 2014
Wow! That is one Awesome mosaic! I love it! Spectacular job!
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  September 15, 2014
Amazing! One of the best mosaics I've ever seen!
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  September 15, 2014
Wow. This is a fantastic mosaic, truly genius work with transparent 1x1 pieces. But to have it finished off be the man himself - that must be pretty special. Top work, and congratulations.
 
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