Here's a phot of the way things stood at the start of the project. I took a few reference shots just to keep a record of progress. At first glance, it doesn't look too bad at all. The box even proudly says 'Made using the original moulds'. When you start to look into things though, you soon find thinks that are not all they should be:
* The eyes are too shallow. * There are too many slots in the nose piece but the joint line where the nose meets the top of the cheeks is missing. * The sides of the cheeks are too sunken in. * The entire right (as you look at it) side of the face is sort of slumped down. * The slots in the mouth are rounded at the bottom instead of being squared off. * The neck flares out too much. * The ridge running over the top of the helmet is too wide and too rounded at the sides. * The lenses are not very good and should be mounted from inside the mask, not outside. *The helmet is not mounted onto the mask at the correct angle.
Well, that was what I could find after some fairly lightweight research. It turns out that although the original moulds were used, they were (I'm told) cut up and reassembled for some reason.
Anyway, all this added up to a nice little project where I could repair the problem areas and hopefully have a fairly accurate Vader.