PSA: Don’t buy ‘misprinted’ LEGO Star Wars 75304 Darth Vader Helmet boxes from eBay

A handful of ambitious eBay sellers are attempting to cash in on ‘misprinted’

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boxes – but don’t be fooled into thinking they’re genuinely rare.

The top of the standard

box features the words ‘Dark Vador’, leading many to assume that the
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Group has monumentally fudged the artwork for one of its newest 18+ sets. But as the company tweeted to one disbelieving fan, it’s actually totally intentional.

That’s because ‘Dark Vador’ is simply

Lord’s name in France. It’s not the first time the LEGO Group has printed translated names on its packaging (nor even the first time ‘Dark Vador’ has appeared), and certainly won’t be the last – but as the company pulls new adult fans into its orbit, it’s perhaps not surprising that those less familiar with its products would be puzzled by 75304 Darth Vader Helmet’s box

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LEGO Star Wars Dark Vador 75304 Darth Vader Helmet eBay misprint

So, if you count yourself among those fans just finding their feet in the LEGO world, here’s a handy tip: avoid pointlessly wasting money by refusing to buy said ‘misprinted’ boxes from eBay, where enterprising sellers are already hoping to cash in on fans’ ignorance by advertising the completely normal sets as ‘rare’ and ‘collectible’.

Whether these people genuinely believe they’re on to a money-spinning misprint or are acting a little more unscrupulously is difficult to determine. So far, though, nobody seems to have taken them up on their very generous asking prices of anywhere from $99 to $155.

Instead, you can hop over to

and pay a much more reasonable $69.99 for the 834-piece 75304 Darth Vader Helmet, which we called ‘phenomenally entertaining’ and ‘nearly faultless’ in our glowing review. And feel free to send this story to those same eBay sellers while you do.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

One thought on “PSA: Don’t buy ‘misprinted’ LEGO Star Wars 75304 Darth Vader Helmet boxes from eBay

  • 24/12/2021 at 03:50

    I paid $55 for one of those “Dark Vador” boxes (just on the top) on Amazon on 12/21. I had no idea about a French pronunciation until I googled it and found this article.


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