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Darth Vader is not in command of the Death Star; Grand Moff Tarkin is, and the decision of what to do in this kind of situation is Tarkin's not Vader's. The appearance of Kenobi on board the station (in the very same ship that "blasted its way out of Mos Eisley"—which they may already be planning to release and track) is an important and unexpected event, ...


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The Disney canon novel Thrawn: Alliances makes it clear Vader has more than one outfit in chapter 8: Vader would need his armor cleaned in more time-consuming detail. Fortunately, he had another full set in his quarters that he could wear while the Chimera's techs restored this one.


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VFX supervisor John Knoll gives an explanation that is not canon, but it seems applicable: While not strictly official, Knoll even had some story reasoning in his own mind for the slightly different armor and outfit in each movie. "I figure he's got more than one version of those outfits. The reason the armor looks a little grungier and dented up in ...


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In the canon Marvel series "Darth Vader" (pre-ANH) and collected in Vol 2: Imperial Machine), Vader engages a lost Jedi in battle and is severely 'damaged'. In the artwork, you can see that his armor is practically ruined. Palpatine says as much and comments that his [Palpatine's] droids will easily repair the armor and that Vader is free to tweak the suit ...


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OK, hypothetically speaking... Vader's TIE was an advanced experimental prototype. What if the battle over the death star was one of the, if not the, first time it went into actual combat? Vader did order two pilots to cover him, maybe he was not sure his fighter was fully combat tested yet? As an experimental unit seeing its first real combat, Vader ...


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