LEGO has produced six Star Wars BrickHeadz so far, the majority of which have been reasonably impressive but have not really stood out among the best of these figures. 41619 Darth Vader, on the other hand, appears very interesting.
The Sith Lord's distinctive helmet is intricately detailed and I like the colourful designs on his chest. Hopefully this model will look as good in person as it does in official images, doing justice to one of cinema's greatest villains.
The Completed Model
I find that the most visually striking BrickHeadz are often those which are particularly colourful, such as 41588 The Joker or 41595 Belle. Darth Vader might therefore appear somewhat drab, wearing a black armoured suit, were it not for some lovely printed detail and an excellent helmet which captures both the appearance of the villain in the movies and the characteristic BrickHeadz style.
Altering an iconic design is always very challenging and I expect the designer of this set had difficulty when building Darth Vader's helmet. Its complicated shape seems ill-suited to the BrickHeadz theme but most of the helmet's vital features are present, including rounded eyes, a curving protective shell around the neck and an air intake which is represented by a printed 2x2 triangular tile. The printed 2x4 curved slope on the forehead looks great too and further detail covers the front of the torso.
Darth Vader looks less interesting when viewed from the rear, although his cape is constructed nicely and the Sith Lord's red lightsaber adds a welcome splash of colour. The green, red and metallic silver chest controls look marvellous as well. Dark bluish grey plates and some printing combine to form Lord Vader's shoulder armour which works well but I think pearl silver may have been a more suitable colour.
While one hand grips a lightsaber, the other is stretched forward as though prepared for a Force Choke which is a fun detail. Darth Vader can be displayed on a standard BrickHeadz base, consisting of a 6x6 plate with some tiles on top. This is of vital importance here as the Sith Lord's large helmet feels fairly heavy and there is considerable weight focused at the back of the model.
I had high expectations for 41619 Darth Vader and this set does not disappoint. Part of its appeal is in the idea of turning such a mighty villain into an adorable BrickHeadz figure, much like 41605 Thanos, but the model is also highly detailed and includes a wonderful selection of printed pieces.
However, that reliance upon printed elements is perhaps somewhat disappointing when compared with other BrickHeadz and the square helmet design may not appeal to everyone, despite being consistent with the style of the series. Nevertheless, 41619 Darth Vader is undoubtedly my favourite Star Wars BrickHeadz model to date and I would certainly recommend it.
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