Darth Vader #2 cover art by Adi Granov

Darth Vader’s all-black suit, complete with cape, is one of the iconic bad-guy outfits. But could you actually piece all the necessary components together, and if so, how much would it cost?

The folks at Shade Station made a decent approximation of what it would cost to build up a realistic, functional Darth Vader suit. The assumptions are good: it would need to be pressurized, include a voice modifier and augmented reality headset, and also do the breathing for him.

All added together, the ballpark figure is $18.3 million—a drop in the ocean compared to the cost of building a real Death Star.

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[Shade Station]