Here’s How Much Darth Vader’s Suit Would Cost to Construct in Today’s Market


Have you ever watched Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and asked yourself: “I wonder how much the Emperor paid to make Darth Vader’s suit?” Well, wonder no more…

Website Shade Station has created a neat info-graphic depicting just how much Darth Vader’s suit from the Star Wars films would cost, if it were constructed in today’s market. The graphic goes into great detail on what exactly Emperor Palpatine (Darth Sidious) had to create, in order to keep the fallen Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker, alive.

As you can see, augments like prosthetic limbs for both of Anakin’s legs would cost $140,000 total (that’s $70k a piece), while his left arm would cost $40k (remember, Anakin already had a prosthetic right arm, after losing it in a duel to Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus).

Going through the other costs:

  • Augmented Reality — $600k
  • Breathing Apparatus — $45k
  • Voice Module — $1k
  • Regular Maintenance for all prosthetics — $5.4 mil.
  • Base Suit — $12 mil.

In total, if Palpatine were to create a suit for Darth Vader in today’s economy, Shade Station posits that it would costs the Supreme Emperor and Dark Lord of the Sith, $18.3 million dollars.

I’m not exactly sure how much that would cost in Galactic Credits, but thanks to Blastr, we do have a handy-dandy conversion table to go by. And, since I’m not going to do the math, I’ll let you figure that out on your own.

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The info-graphic doesn’t take into account how much it would cost for Vader to build an all new lightsaber. As you may remember, Obi-Wan kept Anakin’s lightsaber after defeating him on Mustafar, kept it safe for his son — Luke Slywalker — who then lost it on Bespin, where it found its way to Maz Kanata’s castle, and there it called to Rey, who currently holds it.

So, if you’ve got an extra $18 million lying around, you too can have a fully functioning Darth Vader suit, capable of space travel, and life-support.