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400. Or ig inal Lucasfilm-sanctioned N.J. Far mer “Dar th Vader” promotional costume for StarWars:The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. (TCF,1980, 1983) Prior to the release of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, Lucasfilm commissioned Nick Farmer of N.J. Farmer Associates LTD in England to create complete touring costumes of the iconic “Darth Vader” character. Farmer contacted David Middleton, the credited construction storeman on The Empire Strikes Back at Pinewood Studios, who released one of the original Darth Vader costumes used in the film in order for N.J. Farmer to make the master molds and patterns necessary to create exact replicas of the costume for the film’s premiers in select major markets and press appearances. This is one of the surviving costumes from the handful of examples that were produced by N.J. Farmer Associates LTD and used for the release of both The Empire Strikes Back and, three years later, Return of the Jedi. The costume is complete (except for gloves), featuring the following components comprising one of the greatest all-time villains in cinema history: signature fiberglass dome and facemask with machined aluminum billet sensors, cast acrylic lenses and interior foam padding and elastic straps to fit the actor, fiberglass shoulder armor with hinged bells, pair of vacuum formed ABS plastic greaves (shin guards), fiberglass chest box with attached leather straps, leather belt with machined aluminum buckle, pair of operational illuminating belt boxes (powered by four “D” batteries), leather vest with rear buckle closure, cotton jerkin with quilted leather sleeves, quilted leather pants, leather codpiece, inner and outer cloaks (outer cloak features metal chain with leather trim collar) and faux leather riding boots with leather lining. The “soft” garments feature interior “N.J. Farmer / Associates LTD / 16 Gladstone St. Leicester” labels. The facemask and dome are each marked with corresponding numbers “7” and “12”. The costume is beautifully detailed and all fiberglass components are painted and polished to a very high standard, just as the screen-used costume. One could never expect to acquire a complete screen-used Darth Vader, so this is a rare opportunity for a collector to a obtain a precise, production-authorized version tied to the promotion of arguably the greatest science fiction franchise in film history. The costume elements exhibit minor wear with expected creasing and fading due to age. Overall in fine condition. $100,000 - $150,000

































































































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