Darth Vader Boombox Resurrects CDs and FM Radio

The Sith Lord reunites you with your CDs and even FM radio.

I’ll admit it’s been a while since I’ve listened to a CD. When I bought the Kid Cudi and Kanye West albums back in November, I bought them in CD format and immediately ripped them, put them on my iPod, and forgot about the CDs. The sad truth is CDs were made obsolete as the world transitioned to MP3 players and iPods. I buy them only because I value their sentimentality and their freedom. I can rip, share with, and lend the CD to whoever I want, whenever I please. In comparison, iTunes does let me re-download songs but doesn’t allow you to share them as freely and often as I’d please.

Similarly, the FM is a rare source of music these days. I miss the old kinds of dials like they have in cars, where you could specifically adjust digits to hit the exact wavelength. I’m not a fan of these new adjusting wheels, but they’re a hit with designers and more modern forms of navigation apparently. I suppose it is useful to save money on a screen that can only display three numbers.

Unfortunately, the Darth Vader boombox only has this kind of FM radio adjuster, which can be confirmed by the swivel wheel and antenna at the back.

Darth Vader Boombox

On the bright side, it still makes for a great conversation piece and looks pretty awesome. The eyes do light up in red when switched on, and it’s quite a good, clean, detailed model of Darth Vader’s helmet. Hopefully, the built-in speakers provide a good source of music, although I’m sure this functions more as a novelty and collection item than an actual set of speakers for audiophiles.

Although not MP3 compatible, you can plug it into your computer and play music through your computer. That’s not a bad idea, but I think it’s a bit disappointing. Even back in 2003, when I bought my first Sony Discman for $49.99, it was MP3 compatible, so I feel a bit let down.

All in all, if you’re looking for a sweet piece of decoration in your room and don’t mind the limited amount of media that it can read, this Sith Lord is for you. Although not released to the public yet, you will probably be able to get your hands on it for something like $69.99 from Jazwares.

If you liked the Darth Vader Boombox, check out the Darth Vader Lunchbox, the Arctic Spyder III Laser, and this sweet Vader Typography piece.

Via: Slippery Brick