Ratings and Reviews for 4547551-1: Chrome Darth Vader

4547551-1: Chrome  Darth Vader

Overall Score

8.50
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 10
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 10
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 6.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 6.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 10
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 10
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 6.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 10
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 10
Review from: Locutus001
Reviewed on: Sep 9, 2014
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 10

So this is the first time that I write a review about a LEGO-article that nobody else has yet written a review about!

Why mention it? Because it's somehow funny that nobody else has bothered to write one about 4547551 Chrome Darth Vader since it's been out since 2009 and also has been a very special promotion set as it has been produces for LEGO® Star Wars' 10th anniversary.

 

My first thought on this one was something like "Do you really want to buy a minifig for about 50$?! Naaaaaaa! That's too crazy..."

But as so often in life I just could not stop wanting one and finally I gave in.

 

At first glance you don't see too much as it is inside of the polybag! But once opened (it felt just a little bit like a holy act or something like that... my fellow brickpickers might know the feeling) I was happy that I got one for me.


This Darth Vader just stands out. Don't get me wrong, I really like the normal LEGO Darth Vader minifig but to me it always seemed to be too dark and somehow looked funny because most of the time the light just does not seem to fall right thus the normal minifig always seems a little bit dull, especially compared to those new detailled and colorful minifigs (e.g. Boba Fett).

But with Chrome Darth Vader everything is just better. He's not your usual black Darth Vader, he reflects the light nicely and even the eye-part of his helmet comes out nicely.

 

If you want to put your figs on display, and somehow have the feeling that your Vader always is somewhat not as interesting as he should be, get yourself one of those Chrome Darth Vaders!

 

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 10

As it is a promotional minifig pretty much about it is unique.

Unique parts: torso + arms + hands, legs, helmet


Those are the shiny (chrome) pieces.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 6

It's a minifig so I guess you can play with it as good as you can with any other minifig (though it looks way cooler!)

As for the build experience I would say it's nothing too special BUT it somehow feels a little bit more special than putting together your normal minifig, as this one has this sacred aura around it (maybe because it's so expensive...)

So building experience for a minifig probably 9-10 and building experience for a LEGO set probably 1-2 (I mean it's "only" a minifig what do you expect?!)... so all in all let's give it a 6.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 6

Again this one is tough.

If you get it as promotional it clearly is a TEN (or even ELEVEN!).

But most of us will have to buy one eventually and might have to spend about 50-60$ for one.

For a minifig ths is just way too much.

Trying to be at least a little bit objective here I will give it 6 points (if you have to buy one for about 50$ that is).

It sure looks nice but then again it's "only" a minifig, though this one is all shiny and supercool looking.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

LEGO Star Wars... 10 Points... Hopefully if you read this review in 10 years rom now (would be september 2024) it's still a popular theme, though I would guess not as popular as right now).

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 10

This is a promotional figure. It's expensive NOW because it's rare and you can't buy any at the LEGO-Stores.

So obviously 10 points.

PACKAGING | Score: 7

The minifig comes in a polybag with a nice cover.

For something as special as the LEGO® Star Wars' 10th anniversary promo-minifig they could have  come up with something even nicer (like they did for the white retro spaceman figure that's out right now).

 

I don't really see how you can rate the packaging and that's always the toughest one for me, so taking what I've said before into account I'll give it a 7.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 6

It's a tricky one!

How much are you willing to spend on a minifig?

Too most of us there will be a limit I guess. 10-20$? Maybe 50$ if it is something very special and you really NEED it for your collection? Maybe 100$... but there is an end to just how much one is willing to spend.


If they do not remake this one for another anniversary than I think it could keep growing... maybe up to 100$

Only time can tell, I would be cautious about it though... As an Investment it's a maybe (not).

If you just want to own one go ahead! Maybe you can resell it for 5-10$ more later on.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

As mentioned before it just looks great.

If your normal black Darth Vader always looks a little bit too dull and just never is the eye-catcher you would like it to be then this Chrome Darth Vader is just right for you!


I personally appreciate that the light emphasises the eye-part of the helmet so much better with that chrome on it.

 

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10

In conclusion I have to give Chrome Darth Vader 10 points.

It may be pricey but that's due to the fact that it's a promo figure from 2009.

If your planning on displaying it, then you should get one!

It's a really nice minifig to have and every collector could be proud to own one.

It will not be the best build experience you ever had and as investment it's not too safe I would say but giving it points for being what it is and doing what is was meant to do I'd give it 10 points.