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 Post subject: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:34 pm 
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Every now and again I am presented with something genuinely intriguing.

A fellow collector friend of mine recently acquired the following which has really interested me, and I thought it worthwhile bringing it to the forums attention.

I have my own ideas concerning this helmet but I’d rather not colour other people’s opinions and just set the topic free for people to comment as they so wish.

The helmet has a certain amount of provenance attached although I cant detail this as this point.

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with (new?) fitting removed
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2-part lenses, clear fronting an amber back.
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again with (new?) fitting removed
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I'm assuming there's nothing people dont want to talk about in an open forum - which is why its posted here. However if you need to contact me then my "jez275 (at) gmail (dot) com" is best however I'm under certain obligations not to reveal any further information at this point.

Cheers

Jez


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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:35 pm 
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Wow, thanks for posting these. I wonder if this is one of the two non-screen-used helmets but particularly the one Brian mentioned that was used as an experiment to try different dome mountings. The holes in the crown do not correspond to the holes and tab hole positions of the masks currently in the fandom - in fact, the holes are further away from the rear edge.

It looks a lot like a TM but without all the paint touch ups, dings, dents and damage of the Tantive IV screen-used.

Addendum: This is quite something. Could it be that this is the first time the community has seen a complete mask and dome ANH-production prop?


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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:21 pm 
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Thanks for posting these Jez!

This is ultra intriguing - it's certainly a bloody nice looking helmet.
Lets see what Brian thinks!


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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:38 pm 
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Very nice jez. I agree..will be interesting to see what Brian thinks.


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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:34 am 
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Wow, what a coincidence I visited Starwarshelmets just last night.

Very interesting helmet/mask, it has a very good look to it, got any side shots of just the face? I've seen one of those latches before but I can't remember where. No evidence of having had tabs or tusks (these aren't negatives btw). Is that lump of wood (I don't know what it is :hehe-err) inside the dome a spacer?

Very cool photo's Jez and thanks for posting them here :thumbsup


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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:46 am 
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The paint looks very thick in places, this (like the TM) may have even more detail hidden beneath. Can't keep my eyes off this thing now.


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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:10 am 
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Well, I had a nifty reply all set to go til my power went out....friggin storms. Now I can't see the pics. One thing I noticed was it looks like foam was once glued in place behind the grill and was either ripped out or has decayed to nothing.


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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:10 am 
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Who do you have to screw to own a helmet like that??? First the DarthJones, the TM (even though it's technically ESB), then the SithLord (still kicking myself over losing that one, 60 bucks! 60 bucks I tells ya!!!), now this.

Awesome helmet, thanks for sharing Jez!

Dave C


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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:24 am 
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WOW!! something NEW! about vader almost every week.


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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:23 am 
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Cool. Thanks for posting. Very interesting looking vader. Some areas of the faceplate appear to have been altered/modified and appear more ESB than ANH, mainly the nose, the mouth walls, the cheeks and the tusk tubes. The dome attachment looks similar to the Pyre vader dome attachment. It's definitely an authentic cast. Looking forward to hearing more and seeing more of this helmet. :thumbsup


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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:14 am 
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dcarty wrote:
Who do you have to screw to own a helmet like that???


Hell, I'm already nuded-up and been workin' out :toothy


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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:26 am 
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It reminds me of this mask/helmet:
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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:53 am 
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Thanks for the input guys. It is a very interesting helmt since it has some tells that suggest it could be VERY important and alsosome others which are either missing or confusing (tusks being one).

Though the face plate looks superb, the inside of the dome also suggests it could have real pedigree - and by no means am Isure that they were always together (thats nott from information provided to me - just that some parts of the helmet match one of the promo helmets)

I too wish I know how people get hold of stuff like this - as I too wouldlove somethng like this my my collect. However I have a feeling its got a lot to do with being in the right place at the right time!

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Cheers

Jez


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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:01 am 
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Is the widows peak without the indentation?


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 Post subject: Re: Recently found ANH Vader
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:13 am 
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Authentic cast,Modified in parts and incorrectly or incompletley finished.

Thanks for sharing Jez very interesting.

With the usual 5 (and a couple of others) it looks like we have 8 authentic casts out in the open (well..not yet out in the open) very cool :thumbsup


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