The Lego Group had humble beginnings in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter from Billund, Denmark. In 1916, he purchased a woodworking shop in Billund which had been in business since 1895. His workshop burned down in 1924 when a fire, lit by two of his young sons, ignited some wood shavings. Ole’ Kirk took the disaster as an opportunity to construct a larger workshop, and worked towards expanding his business even further.
It was in 1934 that the company name Lego was used following a contest held amongst the staff members. Later the Lego Group discovered that “Lego” can be loosely interpreted as “I put together” or “I assemble” in Latin.
The Lego Star Wars series was introduced in 1999 and has been continually added to since then. The Lego line of toys began with figurines and vehicles from the trilogy(Episodes IV-VI). Since then new sets and releases have been added to cover the earlier prequel trilogy (Episodes I-III).
All the main elements of the Star Wars movies have been recreated in Lego form. The characters are typical Lego figures with square heads and bodies. Variations in color and the headwear and costumes help to distinguish the characters. Since there is wide variation in the size,shape and heads of many star wars characters, Lego made special molds for the heads which are true to the characters. Original molds were created for the Lego Star Wars line. Darth Vader is a good example of this. Star Wars would not be the same without the light sabers so Lego made these also.
One of the first lego minifigures to be released was lego Darth Vader in 1999, there are several versions but the most common is the one of LEGO’s first version. (before the 2009 redesigned torso). A red version of Darth Vader’s helmet was produced and sold by Lego, however it was not included in any sets. This version was available via BrickLink but has since been removed from their item listings.
Anakin Skywalker is a Star Wars minifigure that has been released in six different versions and was first seen in The Phantom Menace sets in 1999. He also becomes Darth Vader in the Episode III set 7251 Darth Vader Transformation produced in 2005. Some versions have been released with different accessories.
– (Padawan) (with and without cape)
– Jedi Knight (Original one from Episode III and burned Anakin with no hair
– Anakin Skywalker Jedi Knight (Original one from Episode III and burned Anakin with no hair
– Figurine with light-up lightsaber and Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars)
Lego Darthvader features in a number of lego sets, including Tie fighter sets, Final Duel 1, Tie Fighter advanced, imperial inspection, darth vader transformation, imperial star destroyer, rogue shadow and death star.
The 4547551 Chrome Darth Vader is a bag containing the Chrome Darth Vader minifigure Alongside LEGO Star Wars’ 10th anniversary, LEGO produced Chrome Darth Vader minifigures to promote the event. 10,000 were randomly inserted into 2009 Star Wars sets in the US. (differing to LEGO’s 2007 Gold C-3PO promotion for Star War’s 30th anniversary, it was decided to include the battle packs in the list of sets that these special minifigures would be inserted into.) They were also given away as promotional in some stores, or with a purchase of Lego Star Wars in other countries. There was also a toy fair in new York in 2009 containing the chrome minifigure.
Indeed, Star wars Lego has been one of the real success stories of the lego series, with lego darth vader being a favourite with both adults and children alike.
Jared Bannister is a Lego star wars collector and enthusiast. He has produced a range of websites and blogs on the various star wars minifigures. To learn more about Lego Darth Vader visit the website at http://www.legodarthvader.com.