Star Wars: Episode VIII and the cape of Darth Vader!
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It has been a long time since we wrote about Kylo Ren in the “padded room” reverently looking at his grandfather’s helmet. Now, here we are on the second film in the trilogy a few years later and in some ways things have not changed that much. There is a new link between the Master of the Knights of Ren and The Dark Lord of the Sith.
I have it on good authority that Kylo Ren continues his Darth Vader obsession well into Star Wars: Episode VIII. While his mask is very much the same mask he wore in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (with some minor tweaks and revisions), Kylo’s robes are somewhat different. The best way to describe Kylo Ren’s under-robe is that it is sort of like the black costume Luke wore in Return of the Jedi. However, the notable thing about the costume is the cape itself.
According to sources, Kylo Ren is wearing a Darth Vader cape in Star Wars: Episode VIII. The cape is said to be like the one Darth Vader wears in The Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi. However, the cape does not have the same chain clasp. It is not entirely clear if this cape is one Kylo made to resemble that of his grandfather’s or if he actually procured one of Darth Vader’s capes that probably fell into the hands of collectors in the Star Wars galaxy.
Canonical publications have recently focused on things like Darth Vader’s lightsaber being sold on the black market and with senators that collect Imperial-era artifacts much to the disgust of the freedom fighters like General Organa. It is not outside the realm of possibility in that universe that Kylo Ren got his dirty, Han Solo-murdering hands on an original cape once owned by Darth Vader. But it should be made clear that we are not certain what the backstory to the cape is or if it is a replica or an original.
So there you have it: Kylo Ren wears a Darth Vader cape in Star Wars: Episode VIII. We will have a deeper analysis of the new costume in the future, but for now I thought the Vader cape was too cool to not discuss.