The master pattern for this Darth Vader Helmet Prop Replica was cast from vintage molds in the Lucasfilm archives, which are believed to have been made by none other than Rick Baker from the screen-used Vader helmet back in 1977. What makes this a very special product is that the master pattern is NOT made from a digital scan – it's an actual original casting! This means that this replica helmet has direct lineage to the original and is as true to the actual filming prop as you can possibly get. The headgear has the asymmetric geometry that many feel capture the true evil essence of Darth Vader, and the face mask has the screen-accurate two-toned black and gunmetal sprayed-paint scheme. The dents and scratches that were in the original mold have been filled in or removed, giving the helmet a more pristine appearance, while still remaining faithful to the original filming prop. With this officially licensed Darth Vader Helmet, you'll feel the seductive power of the dark side! This helmet will arguably be the most important piece of any Star Wars collection.
The original Darth Vader helmet, as seen in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, was sculpted by Brian Muir based on the concept sketches by beloved illustrator Ralph McQuarrie. Even though there were three known castings made from the mold made from Muir's sculpt, only one helmet was used in the entire filming of A New Hope.