The top of the standard 75304 Darth Vader Helmet box features the words ‘Dark Vador’, leading many to assume that the LEGO 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 the Sith 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 art.
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 LEGO.com 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.