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Bill McBride's Darth Vader Collection

Super Collector Bill McBride owns some of the rarest Darth Vader collectables in the world. His collection includes produced and unproduced action figures, original art and prototype art, props and prop replicas, busts and statues and much more.

Bill McBride's favorite character has always been Darth Vader, even as a child when the movies first came out. When Bill started collecting again as an adult, he naturally "focused" on just Vader items. It wasn't that he didn't appreciate the other characters or pieces, they just didn't inspire the same passion in him as a Vader piece did.

To present his collection with style, Bill uses display cases which can be found at Ikea, Target and Walmart and he uses LED lighting in his glass cases. Bill has been doing this now for over two decades, and there is no sign of slowing down :)

Here is a fantastic panorama shot of Bill's amazing Darth Vader Collection.

Bill McBride's Darth Vader Collection

Here is Bill's set-up for some random MOCs, proofs, and "Revenge" logo mock ups.

Bill McBride's Darth Vader Collection

Pictured here are Bill's vintage Large Size Action Figures (15 inch) with some assorted goodies in the background!

Bill McBride's Darth Vader Collection

Here is a look at Bill's desk! Nearly everything in this picture is original art, or prototype art. You can see the original 4" Vader blueprint and color rendering from Kenner, two concept sketches, the original ILM art for the ESB cast&crew shirt plus an unproduced ESB box flat.

Bill McBride's Darth Vader Collection

Below is a beautiful picture of Bill's Darth Vader helmet display. The helmets are all factory prop replicas with two exceptions, the helmet in the middle (the focused one) is a real prop helmet from Disney Hollywood Studios, and it's the only one ever made in the "ANH" original Star Wars design. The one down on the far end is the master cast prototype from Don Post for their 1:1 prop scale helmet line. It's basically a hand cast hard copy, and these were taken directly off the original prop helmets at LFL.

Bill McBride's Darth Vader Collection

In the case below Bill keeps some of his vintage prototypes and props. Here you can see some 4" Darth Vader figures, a 12" bench shot, hardcopy, and the original cape pattern and cloth sample. The case also contains prop shin guards, silicone molds with castings from Disney. The bottom shelf has prototype Darth Vader action figure cases and figures from the movie "TED"

Bill McBride's Darth Vader Collection

In the glass domes you can see a hardcopy TopToys w/ silicone molds Vader and an unproduced mock up Vader with C3PO limbs (internal Kenner piece). In the back row you can see an unpainted test shot Darth Vader and an engineering pilot Darth Vader figure with thin tip saber. The front row contains a translucent Double Telescoping Darth Vader engineering pilot and an unpainted test shot with cape Darth Vader figure.

Bill McBride's Darth Vader Collection

In the picture below you can spot an unproduced mushroom tip Double Telescoping Darth Vader internal first shot and an unproduced "DDT" - double double telescoping saber mock up, internal first shot in the glass domes. The back row contains an original photo art of the MT Vader, which was used in catalogs and displays from Kenner. Next to it you can see a DT "Circles" Vader, an engineering pilot prototype and a color correct Double Telescoping prototype (same molds as the translucent saber).

Bill McBride's Darth Vader Collection

Pictured below are more of Bill's props and prop replicas. The Darth Vader helmet is the original ILM helmet built for the Kenneth Feld "Super Live Adventure". Below that is an original chest box, prototype & used prop belt boxes from Disney.

The two sabers directly below that are both hand made mock up prototypes. The one in the back is *THE* original mock up Vader saber from Master Replicas (the company which held the Star Wars license for prop replicas between 2003 - 2008). This saber (and a matching Luke) were hand built for the sole purpose of getting the prop license from LFL. (which of course MR did win that year) - these originals were returned to the person who built them, then he sold them on. The saber in the front is a hand built mock up from ICONS (the company which held the Star Wars license for prop replicas in the mid 90's), for the planned RotJ Vader saber, which was never produced.

The bottom saber in the back is a super rare, it's an original, all metal Marco Enterprises lightsaber. (Marco Enterprises was the first company to ever produce lightsaber prop replicas for Star Wars). The ICONS saber in the front is an original Artist Proof sample of the James Earl Jones signature edition.

Bill McBride's Darth Vader Collection

The cases in the center display some of Bill's modern (POTF2+) era figural Darth Vader prototypes. The items on the top (from left to right) - unproduced 3' figure from Don Levine, Sideshow Vader bust 1:1 scale, and the Cinemaquette Vader (mostly everything in the cases are prototypes).

Bill McBride's Darth Vader Collection

A big THANK YOU goes to Bill McBride for giving us a glimpse of his amazing collection and sharing his passion with us! To get in touch with Bill, please visit:

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