Disney’s global unboxing event is in full swing, preceding the Force Friday release of the first wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise, and the debut of Kylo Ren’s action figure has revealed the character without his hood for the first time, potentially giving away a major spoiler regarding the upcoming film.
The unboxing event is taking place over 18 hours in the lead-up to Force Friday, which marks the first official release of Star Wars merchandise related to The Force Awakens. Several new characters in the film have been revealed with the release of their action figures, as the Inquisitr has previously reported, but the debut of Kylo Ren’s 31-inch-tall figure has unveiled the back of his helmet for the first (official) time.
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It had already been confirmed by Star Wars director J.J. Abrams that Kylo Ren is a “Darth Vader obsessive,” and while he isn’t a Sith, he belongs to a shadowy group known as the Knights of Ren. As the toy was revealed during the segment broadcast from Tokyo, Japan, the host unboxing the Kylo Ren figure pointed out the similarities between his helmet and the one worn by Vader, as IGN reports.
“You can see his helmet, the helmet is in… from what we’ve been reading online, especially on the website and in interviews, it’s possible he modeled it after Darth Vader. Because that’s someone he was really, really into and had an affection towards. But we’ll have to see in the movies.”
Star Wars fans who viewed leaked concept art that emerged last year will immediately understand that Kylo Ren’s helmet looks almost exactly like those designs, resembling the ancient Samurai headgear that long ago inspired Vader’s. One writer, however, took that observation a step further, noting the damage indicated on the helmet (as well as its distinct resemblance to Vader’s) in order to draw a different conclusion.
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According to Ryan Leston, Kylo Ren’s helmet looks so similar to Vader’s because it might actually be the fallen Sith lord’s former attire, modified with a new face mask. Vader’s melted and mangled helmet has previously appeared in the trailer for The Force Awakens, though it isn’t clear if it was Kylo Ren or someone else holding it (though leaked concept art appears to indicate that it could be Supreme Leader Snoke who possesses the relic).
Rumors have long circled the production that Vader will somehow appear in the new film, and fans are set to find out in the next few months when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters.