Before I do anything else, I need to ask you Star Wars fans out there a question: what do you think of Darth Vader?
I’m curious, because I don’t have a leg to stand on. I’ve seen the Star Wars movies (save for Rogue One, for now at least), but I can’t say they’ve ever occupied a major space in my mind, or formed a crucial part of my nerd identity. They were just movies I could watch, enjoy, and move on from. More to the point, they were movies that -- by a twist of fate -- were almost completely absent from my childhood, and even then I saw them in an imperfect form (The Empire Strikes Back was my first, and it would be years before I even thought about watching Return of the Jedi). So even if I know the key talking points and the details, I don’t have the bond with them that others likely do.
That’s part of the reason why I’m starting with a question about Darth Vader. I know who he is and what he’s about -- more or less -- but it’s surface-level stuff compared to the true fans. Smarter writers than me could probably go on at length about why he’s “badass”, or the thematic heft behind his presence in the canon, or why his stint in Soulcalibur IV was such a pivotal moment. I don’t have the understanding of the character, so that’s why I need others to explain the appeal.
Of course, the other part of the reason I’m starting with a question is this: I recently learned that there’s a Darth Vader RC car.