CT Darth Vader unmasked in ROTJ

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  1. Ord-Mantell70 Jedi Master

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    Among those who saw the OT before the PT, who saw Darth Vader unmasked for the first time when watching ROTJ ?

    Were you afraid of that moment, and what did you expect ?

    I've always regreted I was able to see Vader's face before seeing the movie at the theatre, in a sticker album from ROTJ.
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  2. Stormtrooper Dave Jedi Youngling

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    Given the way the back of his head appeared in The Empire Strikes Back, I thought he'd be more monstrous looking.
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  3. Seagoat Music and PT Section Sentinel (and PT Trivia Host)

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    I hardly even remember my first time seeing *Anakin* unmasked. I was like 4. I know the version I first saw was before they removed Shaw's eyebrows though, because I remember being confused as to how he had eyebrows if he had no other hair...
  4. jacktherack Jedi Master

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    i don't think i was that scared i first saw the special editions and i was 6. he dousn't really look like he was a burn victim.
  5. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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  6. Dinos4Ever Jedi Master

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    Same here. The back of Vader's head in ESB looks so veiny and bulbous. When we got to see Anakin's face in RotJ, I thought it was going to be really deformed, sorta Elephant-Man like.
  7. Gray_Jedi R Jedi Youngling

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    I was seven years old when I watched for first time. I think I was very surprised for Sebastian's eyes. They were so blue and so sad.

    Despite the previous exchange of words between Luke and Vader, I guess I still think of him as a machine. Then, suddenly, seeing him so human... The pale face for lack of sunshine, the scars across his forehead and cranium, bald... and very especially, the eyes so full of regrets and ghost. Apologizing to his son. Dying without meeting his daughter...

    That the moment Vade became my favorite movie character, a rank he still holds to date.
  8. Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus

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    Good old MAD Magazine, one of the most influential factors in my upbringing. I've remembered that "I think you're my uncle' line when watching ROTJ ever since.

    Not to mention R2-D2's musings on C-3PO in their original Star Bores parody, which can't be quoted here...
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  9. miasma Jedi Knight

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    I just remember that after I came home from the theater, I remembered it wrong, and I thought that unmasked Vader was "a white version of Admiral Ackbar." A friend of mine, who hadn't seen the movie yet, asked me what Vader looked like under the mask, so I found a photo of Admiral Ackbar and said, "He looks just like this... but white."
  10. Sarge Chosen One

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    I was holding my breath, expecting horrible grotesque scars like the back of his head. I was 17 then.
  11. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    I was in fact spoiled as I had the novelization in hand and could not resist. It ruined nothing.
  12. Ord-Mantell70 Jedi Master

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    [face_laugh][face_laugh][face_laugh]

    I couldn't resist either...
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  13. DARTHKANISS Jedi Master

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    I always wondered why he was soo white almost albino like. I still do.
  14. SlashMan Jedi Master

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    A little shocking at first, but he came across as surprisingly human. Of course, it only made me more curious as to how he got his injuries.
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  15. Dinos4Ever Jedi Master

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    Well, when you're encapsulated in a suit from head to toe, and can't remove your helmet without a special artificial environment, you don't exactly have the luxury of a tanning salon.
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  16. DARTHLINK Jedi Master

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    I was expecting a gaunt, skeletal-like face with a missing lower jaw, blasted off nose and large eyes.

    I nearly covered my eyes when Luke took the mask off, and was relieved that there was a smiling, pale, happy, very-human face within.
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  17. Revanfan1 Force Ghost

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    Over twenty years without natural light hitting your head, I think would cause you to be unnaturally pale.
  18. AT-AT Walker Jedi Youngling

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    Exactly this. I was stunned when Luke removed Vader's helmet to reveal this old man who looked so sad and had so many regrets.
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  19. markdeez33 Jedi Knight

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    It was one of my all-time favorite scenes. As a kid, seeing it in the 90s, I was on the edge of my seat. As I got older, I loved Empire the most, but as a kid, Return of The Jedi was my favorite, and it was mostly because you get to see Vader. Powerful scene with him and Luke, as well.
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  20. Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus

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    [IMG]

    Early sketch for unmasked Vader. Not 100% sure when it dates to, think it might be ESB-era. OT-era, anyway.
  21. MatthewZ Jedi Master

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    I think Vader's Theme played on the harp does as much to set the feelings for this scene as does the actual visual appearance of Anakin.
  22. gezvader28 Jedi Grand Master

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    blimey , where's that come from ?
  23. El Jedi Colombiano Jedi Grand Master

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    Probably because his skin hadn't seen sunlight in years.
  24. Deputy Rick Grimes Jedi Grand Master

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    Cause most of it healed over time
  25. Dinos4Ever Jedi Master

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    Indeed, his ashy grey skin color makes sense not only because of lack of sunlight, but because he was placed into the suit directly after being burned alive, receiving zero skin grafts. So, his skin takes on the appearance of something that had been burned away: ash.