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 Post subject: Original ANH Vader
PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:32 pm 
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Yes, it was repainted probably more than once when it was used for promotions in ‘77 and ‘78. I think there was a discussion here or on another forum about just when it disappeared into this collection. What I can recall: It seems that it may have been worn down and damaged during the promotions. Molds were made in CA and several promo tour replicas were made. It may have been sent back to the UK before ESB production in ‘79 to take a mold for making the ESB version. Then it appears to have disappeared. Then about 35 years later it appears in this French millionaire’s collection. I too cannot believe that what may be the single most recognizable movie prop ever left Lucasfilm’s possession honestly. If it was stolen, it may still technically be Lucasfilm’s to claim ownership, but “possession” and international law is complex I suppose.


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 Post subject: Re: Original ANH Vader
PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:43 am 
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I have seen that faceplate with my own eyes when I visited the collection near Paris about three years ago. It was I who found the image of the faceplate lying next to the Indy whip when I did some research about the original Highlander swords at the Harrisons place at Elstree Studios. There were more images, also some including a dome, but they were never published as far as I know. So somehow the faceplate found it‘s way from Elstree to France. I have my theories, but no proof. I only hope that we get the chance some day to see that faceplate in an exhibition up and close. This will finally answer a lot of questions.


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 Post subject: Re: Original ANH Vader
PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:04 pm 
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It seems you can rent his exhibition. Though, the face mask doesn't seem to be part of the listed items I assume is what you can rent.

http://www.sciencefictionarchives.com/e ... /star-wars


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