A GUIDE TO VINTAGE STAR WARS FIGURES & ACCESSORIES

Darth Vader Cape

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The Princess Leia Organa Cape was usually released with the following combinations of colour to figure:

White Vinyl Cape:

 

There are 8 main variations plus subvariants. Subvariants do exist and may not all be documented. As a result of the fact that these were produced from a vinyl sheet bought from a third party involved, the subvariants may vary heavily depending on the supplier.

Vinyl cape material (PVC) is made out of a heated mass, rolled and milled in several processes to finally get printed or not. That is important to know, because shrinkage can occur to them when heated again, also depending if they were cold milled or heated milled in the last steps and the directions they were milled. Giving exact dimensions of 35+ year old PVC capes is not very helpful for a guide. They were likely die-cut under tension which would also contribute to capes produced in varying sizes from the same source.

So overlaying those to see differences isn’t helpful in most cases. What we have to do is look for overall differences in shapes, forms and die-cuts. For that reason I will refrain on measurements on all vinyl capes but have a scale on all my pictures for reference.

A Princess Leia Organa Cape does not have a given front or back. But all of those capes have a left and right side determined by the asymmetrical shape of the cape. A front and back side was then assigned to make them comparable in the guide.

CAPE OVERVIEW:

M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7 & M8

CAPE OVERVIEW: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7 & M8

M1:

KADER

M1 was produced by KADER in Hong Kong. Kader capes can be distinguished by their very round formed collar. The armholes are usually not in line. Early Kader capes came without crosshatch pattern.

The following versions are known:

  • smooth/faint, no crosshatch (M1a)
  • smooth/faint, no crosshatch (damaged cutting tool) (M1a)
  • rough/crosshatch (M1b)
  • lines/crosshatch (M1c)