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ESB and RotJ Vader helmet's -what do we know?
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Author:  Darth Obsession [ Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: ESB and RotJ Vader helmet's -what do we know?

Yes, Darth Obsession is still alive.
But my stupid computer has a virus (Geek Squad says it doesn't, but it does.) that makes posting hard.

dcarty wrote:
This was at the Propstore booth, correct? Sweet mother mercy but it looks like they had a TON of amazing stuff at that booth. They posted some photos on their Facebook account, I think this helmet deserves a thread of its own:

I agree. I does need a thread. But, I have not had any time to stare at the pics yet.

Darth Niob wrote:
Wow, couldnt agree more Dave. That helmet looks beautifull. And it seems to be in pristine condition or it got repainted with the years. Never seen an original helmet in such a great condition. :drool

Yes. It is a truly awesome helmet. It certainly has a lot about it that suggests it could be an original. But why would we just decide this is an 'original' helmet? I am by no means saying it is not. But where are the usual observations that tend to go with these? Why is it not just another tour helmet? It's not an ROTJ? It's got ROTJ tusks! Where has it been that it is so pristine?

I am not saying it is not real. It would be nice to see better pics.


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Author:  darthjones [ Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:10 pm ]
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Having held real helmets this one was almost audibly singing to me from across the room. I wish someone (including myself) had taken a direct side shot because the dome mounting position is pure creed.

The interior, btw, is sanded down fairly free of fiberglass texture. Sanded/ bondoed, whatever - it is relatively smooth kind of like the dome on ESB poster helmet. To tell you the truth, paint job looks very similar to ESB poster helmet as seen on starwarshelmets but the piece is in much better shape.

It was so gorgeous and perfect and wonderful. Nothing about it seemed "off" as far as original. Looked to be straight up real deal across the board!

If you have any questions I might remember something or other.

Author:  dcarty [ Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:02 pm ]
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I'm glad to hear you say that because I feel the same way. This helmet is just screaming "original" like no other and you can see it in an instant! Man, I wish I had been there because I'd have spent the whole weekend photographing this helmet.

Darth Obsession asks some very good questions though, and I hope more photographic reference of this helmet becomes available so we can dissect it.

Since it is part of the Prop Store's company collection perhaps we should ask Mr Alinger what the scoop is.

Author:  scottjua [ Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:43 pm ]
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I only got a FEW good close ups of some details... I was rushed and didn't get much time to look at it.

I was mentally comparing it to my TM and SL the whole time though. It was in fantastic condition... I WISH I could own it.

Author:  scottjua [ Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:01 am ]
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Since I was in and out I focused on details only

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The info plaque said these were original tusks
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Inside of dome was filled and flush
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Author:  darthjones [ Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:51 am ]
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And boy you succeeded!!!! Three cheers, dude!!!!!!!

Author:  No Humor Man [ Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:59 pm ]
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Fantastic pictures. Am I completely wrong, but those are actual ESB tusks, right?

Author:  dcarty [ Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:04 pm ]
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OUTSTANDING!!

Yep, those look like ESB tusks to me too. Looks like some brush strokes in the paint next to Vader's left cheek also.

Author:  darthjones [ Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:49 pm ]
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Those could be paint strokes but what I am thinking is that it is the leftover grooves from some quick and dirty sanding prior to painting. Thoughts?

Author:  dcarty [ Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:40 pm ]
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Hmmm...I think you might be on to something there

Author:  scottjua [ Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:02 pm ]
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here's a couple of shots at 100%.

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Author:  darthjones [ Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:20 am ]
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Awesome!!! At Prop Den we are always at 100%!

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Author:  Turrican [ Sat Apr 25, 2015 4:56 pm ]
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Those are awesome pic's.
Sorry for my dumb question, but which helmet is that?

Author:  darthjones [ Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:20 pm ]
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The plaque said it was made for ESB but not used. From the production. So it is new to us I guess. ???

Author:  Darth Niob [ Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:07 pm ]
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Perhaps a Tm brother.

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