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I am not a fan of Star Wars and never likely to be because I find that science fiction and things are not my favourite genre. I was in a Lego Store in Milton Keynes and they were selling key rings featuring some top talent.
These included people like Batman, Darth Vader, Joker and more characters from famous films. They were priced at £2.99 and I saw the Darth Vader key ring and I needed to make the purchase.
At first it seemed a really good buy this Lego figure all made up for me with the entire outfit he apparently wears in the film and it was just an easy buy.
When I got home I did realise it had some faults and potentially some good points. Now with me I love key rings sort of collect them and the more fun they are the more likely I am to invest in them.
This key ring offers some good safety which is the helmet stays on which is always going to be a huge benefit and so does the cape part at the back which is connected to the neck area.
However, the arms can be pulled out as my two year old niece found out when she decided to play with my keys and was pulling at the arms and they came out. That to me is rather odd considering the helmet and cape are safely secured yet the arms come out.
Safety for me is paramount as kids will find things to chew on or pull apart and this was a worry for me. In terms of entertainment it was a fun item.
I found after a period of a few months that the actual figure did begin to lose some of the features. The paint work on the main torso of the Lego began to lose some of the features and the neck begins to twist around quite a bit.
I found the cape would bend in different directions and end up losing that smooth glow it had when it was first purchased.
The helmet has the big metal key ring going through it which I guess makes it strong and I have had no body parts break off this item which is another good point.
To me it is hard to know whether I would recommend this to people or not. For the price perhaps I would as it is a decent price for an item which is well known.
In terms of safety reasons do not give this to children at all because the arms can come off which I still think is a major flaw overall.
==Lego Darth Vader Key Chain==
As a massive Star Wars Lego fan Jack has such a vast collection it is starting to get a little silly and I am contemplating selling off some bits that perhaps he wouldn't notice have gone missing. However one item that he didn't have was the little Darth Vader mini figure which is really a necessity when playing with all the other Lego figures as Darth Vader is the ultimate bad guy.
The reason why he hasn't got the Darth Vader figure is that to obtain him you need to have a spare £290 odd to buy the large set that is the Death Star which is what he comes with as a standard or you could pay out nearly £20 to get him on his own from places such as ebay. However both of these options seem far too expensive when Jack already has so much of the Lego and I decided to buy him this key chain which seemed like the much cheaper option.
I bought the item from Amazon because it was the cheapest around even though you can pick it up from a fair few sites online. It looks really cheap when you first look as it is listed for under £1 but then you end up paying over the odds on the postage and packing costs so it brings it up to a little over the £5 region. We had planned to give the key chain to Jack for being a good boy all week and earning a certain amount of stars on his star chart and we usually give him fairly cheap items that cost around one or two pounds so this price was still a little more than I wanted to pay but for the item we were getting it wasn't so bad.
I order it and paying then the item came within a couple of days so I was quite pleased about that. The item came in a small plastic bag and a Lego Star Wars tag on the key ring section. This states that the item is for ages 6 and over but as most of the Lego items are aimed at children older than Jack we knew he would be fine with playing and handling it.
The little figure itself is really quite good and looks just as you would expect with a mini Lego figure. He stands up a little over an inch high and is all black in colour. He has a little material type cape so that he looks just like the character from the films which is made of a nice heard wearing type of fabric.
You can't remove the legs from the figure like you can with the standard Lego figures and his helmet is also fixed in place even though you can just peek his grey coloured head underneath this. Jack was a little disappointed the helmet couldn't' be removed but I guess this is because the key chain is fixed on via the helmet and if this was to be removed it might make the figure easy to loose. That said you can pull out his hands if you give a good tug and the hands can still hold a lightsaber even though the key chain doesn't actually come with one.
As far as playability goes Jack doesn't seem too bothered that this isn't the proper figure without the metal bit in his head and he can play with it just like any other of the figures that he has. The only downside with buying this one is that you don't get the red lightsaber you wuld if you paid out for the Lego digure on his own but you can buy this seperately if you like.
All in all for the price paid I really can't complain and I don't think Jack would either. The key chain enabled him to take it to school attached to his bag one day and his belt loop on his trousers the next so he could show it off to all his little friends. For play we can remove the chain with relative ease and as long as the silver hoop is left in the head you can remove the chain as many times as you want pretty easily.
I think that this is a nice little versatile item which is well worth getting if you don't want to pay out too much money to get the proper figure. It has got to be deserving of a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and I would highly recommend it to all fans of Lego Star Wars young or old.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.