Name: Darth Vader [Chrome]
Type: Mini Busts
Number: Item No. 80137
Edition Size: 4000
Source: Expanded Universe (Gentle Giant Ltd. Concept)
Availability: October 2003
License: Gentle Giant Ltd.
How do you make an awesome Mini Bust niche? Gentle Giant determined the best way to do this would be to dip 2003’s Darth Vader into a chrome lacquer and then add an aged final finish to it and save it as an exclusive. But it didn’t really go as planned. MBNA was given exclusive rights to this Mini Bust as an incentive for Star Wars fans all over the globe to open Star Wars MasterCard accounts under the MBNA name. Some existing card members were also offered the Mini Bust for 7500 Galactic Credits which were the rewards program under the card. However, while good intentions were in motion, the promotion was plagued by endless delays and most collectors found that the frustration to acquire this exclusive Mini Bust wasn’t worth the aggravation it was causing. Gentle Giant Ltd. ended up having to step in to remedy the situation and were able to get many of the units out to collectors via the Collectors’ Club.
Described as having a smoky-chrome finish, the Darth Vader [Chrome] Mini Bust isn’t anything special honestly. If you like oddly colored and interpretive versions of your favorite Star Wars characters, then we imagine you’ll find something to enjoy here, but between the poor performance it had with MBNA, it may go down as the most unsuccessful Gentle Giant Ltd. Mini Bust of all time. As a collectible, the piece is attractive, but there isn’t much to gaze at because of the solid color. In fact, our sample came right out of the box with a peeling defect. While the silver color underneath appears fine, the smoky-chrome layer is peeling and flaking off at an alarming rate. It may be worthwhile to strip this collectible down to its base finish of bright silver chrome instead. It just seemed as if this Mini Bust couldn’t escape any form of negativity whatsoever.
Exclusivity: MBNA Exclusive
Date Stamp: 2003
Retail: $0.00 USD
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