It is currently Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:13 am

All times are UTC


THE PROP DEN is primarily a Darth Vader Prop Discussion Board, but we also deal with other Star Wars Props as well as Prop Replicas from other movies. If you do not yet have an account, set one up, sign in and jump into the Vader Prop Discussions!


Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 47 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4  Next
Author Enter your Message here
 Post subject: Don Post Deluxe
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:45 am 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:46 pm
Posts: 5241
Location: San Jose, CA
The original Don Post Deluxe (DP DLX) Vader was a limited edition of 1,000. It was made in around 1997 by Don Post Studios out of fiberglass, and was cast from a helmet provided by LucasFilm. It was the first reasonably accurate helmet of Vader offered to the public through a licensing agreement with LFL.

While the paint scheme is the mirrored form of that used in the movie, its original paint -- gloss black with deep metallic gray highlights -- capture the romance of the ESB/ROTJ film.

Here are a few photographs of my "poorman's approach" of mimicing studio photography. While many vendors have put the Deluxe down in favor of their own wares, the DP DLX was a thing of beauty if you photograph it properly.

I hope that people perusing this thread will find these photos a useful educational reference.

Wallpaper 1280x1024

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:45 am 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:46 pm
Posts: 5241
Location: San Jose, CA
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:45 am 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:46 pm
Posts: 5241
Location: San Jose, CA
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:45 am 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:46 pm
Posts: 5241
Location: San Jose, CA
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:46 am 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:46 pm
Posts: 5241
Location: San Jose, CA
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:18 am 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:46 pm
Posts: 5241
Location: San Jose, CA
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 6:44 am 
Random avatar
If it wassn't as warped, as most of them are, it would be one of my favorite helmets. the wonkynes of it, just "turns me of" :cool:


Top
  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:52 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:46 pm
Posts: 5241
Location: San Jose, CA
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:52 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:46 pm
Posts: 5241
Location: San Jose, CA
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:10 pm 
Random avatar
Darth Phaeton wrote:
If it wassn't as warped, as most of them are, it would be one of my favorite helmets. the wonkynes of it, just "turns me of" :cool:


The warpage can be fixed if you have the skills.


Top
  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:12 pm 
Random avatar
Mac it's a glorious helmet. It's very rare to find one that hasn't been repainted or altered.

:cheers


Top
  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:35 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:46 pm
Posts: 5241
Location: San Jose, CA
JB, thanks. When I first joined the community, after all the poor and misleading acquisitions I made, this one was the gold of my collection, and I got it for a steal.

I remember earlier complaints of the paint scheme being reversed and therefore inaccurate, but over time it bothered me less and less to the point I don't even notice it. I've exampled photos of "accurate" paint jobs and their paint finishes just don't respond to soft light the way this does -- it's like a silky sheen, and it's just incomparable.

So over time I found that the inaccuracies ceased bothering me me because the character of Vader really came off well here. I can put this on top of a mannequin with a simple black bedsheet as a cape and it would still have a great deal of striking presence.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:37 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:46 pm
Posts: 5241
Location: San Jose, CA
And here is the mask alone under simple fluorescent kitchen lights. Here's a good example of how the paint responds to the surrounding light with no flash photography.

I do believe the Kustom Kolors Black Pearl will respond in very similar fashion, since its parent company was Valspar -- who made the paint for ESB and ROTJ.

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Don Post Deluxe
PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 8:32 am 
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 21, 2006 10:46 pm
Posts: 5241
Location: San Jose, CA
Don Post sighting on The Prop Store:

http://www.propstore.com/product/star-w ... er-helmet/


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Don Post Deluxe
PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 12:38 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:26 pm
Posts: 644
Location: Dallas, TX, USA
Nice to see the ole guy offered for sale at the prop store. But oooohhhh what a difference sanding down that DPDLX dome mount could make ! :rolleyes

prop store #153 left, my modified DPDLX #525 right

Image


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 47 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4  Next

All times are UTC


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
cron
Blue Moon by Trent © 2007
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group
Hosted by Freeforum.ca, get your free forum now! TOS | Support Forums | Report a violation
buy web visitors
MultiForums powered by echoPHP phpBB MultiForums