eFX ANH DARTH HELMET SAMPLE!!

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by GINO, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. GINO

    GINO Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey guys, I received the latest sample from China on Friday and as hoped, it finally made the cut for final approval!

    This is a Legend version but both versions are approved as the issues we were having had nothing to do with the differences between the two versions.

    The shipping box is quite large, but necessary to ensure a safe journey from the factory to your display shelf.

    This sample was approved with the exception of the black weathering on the right tusk which will be corrected in the production pieces. Outside of that it is good to go.

    It's been a long road getting here, but now it's full steam ahead!!
    You're going to LOVE it!


    Here are some pics.



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  2. Finhead

    Finhead Sr Member

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    Wow very nice. I take it they are long since sold out on pre sales?
     
  3. phez

    phez Sr Member

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    This looks awesome and I can not wait to see it. :)
     
  4. NexusFX

    NexusFX Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    gorgeous!
     
  5. Bigturc

    Bigturc Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great news Gino and eFX! Can't wait to receive mine!!!

    Clinton, yeah, they sold out in about 4 minutes on day one! But you could come see mine if you want! ;)
     
  6. Darknight

    Darknight New Member

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    Great news! looking forward to these.
     
  7. Finhead

    Finhead Sr Member

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    Yeah thought so. Just give me your address I'll stop by uh sometime. Lol;)
     
  8. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    Starting to regret that I didn't pick one of these up...
     
  9. Kerr Avon

    Kerr Avon Master Member

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    I like it! Question though, on the cheek of the right side if you were wearing it, there looks to be a scratch in the paint? I don't know Vader helmets, but is that scratch intentional?
     
  10. dcarty

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    WOW! Very cool, thanks for sharing Gino :)

    And, yes, the scratch is deliberate. That's the infamous "C" scar but let's not go any further into it as there are loads of flame wars in the archives.
     
  11. Fyberdyne Labs

    Fyberdyne Labs Well-Known Member

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    I like it. I too wish I could have ordered one.
    Mark
     
  12. Stormtrooper

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    WOW!! That is absolutely stunning! :confused :love This photo just 'says' ANH Darth Vader to me....

    This is truly a landmark moment for LICENSED Star Wars prop replicas!
    .... I just hope that the workers in China are able to replicate the finish of this Prototype helmet, when painting the actual Production helmets.:unsure
    No disrespect to Chinese factory-workers, but I would imagine the majority of the assembly workers will perhaps have worked in a factory environment before, producing items which they finished like 'paint by numbers'.
    Certainly, it wouldn't be feasible for the staff assembling and painting these helmets, to spend several hours completing each helmet to the same degree that fan helmets are completed, by fans on costuming sites and forums such as the RPF. :confused

    I seem to remember a problem with the finishing and painting of the Master Replicas' Milennium Falcon ss models, a few years back.
    .... but then again, the average RPF'er would likely relish the prospect of repainting their new eFX Vader 'Legend Edition' helmet!
    I suppose the main draw with this helmet, is the provenance and quality of the casting, after all...

    Yeah? You and just about every other person reading this thread, I'll bet!
    ... but don't worry - I'm sure there will be dozens of them for sale on eBay a couple of days after eFX starts shipping them... with a 'Buy Iy Now' price that looks like an international telephone number! :eek

    Let's all just be happy for the lucky few who managed to get on the list? (GGGRRRRR... mutter... grumble.... not fair etc. etc.)

    Cheers,
    John
    johnATmanicminerDOTplusDOTcom
     
  13. GINO

    GINO Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Actually, all the pieces I've seen come from the China factories when they send them as final samples are very representative of the production pieces.
    So what you are seeing here could actually be one of THE production pieces in essence. :love



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  14. gizmo

    gizmo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Me too. That is seriously awesome and makes me really excited for the hero Stormtrooper.

    Ben
     
  15. daryllwin

    daryllwin New Member

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    Wow. If the quality of the production pieces do actually turn out like that, it'd be fantastic!. IMO the quality of work done in China may sometimes be quite good. Look at the iphones. Many of the parts are made in China, and yet its one of the best selling phones out there!
     
  16. sskunky

    sskunky Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    pretty gutted I didn't get in on this, I was 15 mins too late!.... I'm number 10 on the reserve list but after seeing this I doubt many will drop off...... Lets just hope that some of you have spent far too much in the JY of late....:lol
     
  17. ob1al

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    The quality of work from China and the far east in general tends to be very good, as long as strict quality control is in place and people are shown precisely what to do.

    In China, if a worker isn't performing correctly there are a thousand other individuals more than willing to take that job in a heartbeat, or a long list of competing factories ready to take over the order, which tends to be a great motivator to do a job well.

    This looks excellent GINO, if the factory keep rolling them out like this there will be lots of happy EFX customers.
     
  18. Trilogy

    Trilogy Sr Member

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    If this is truly representative of what will be received, we're in for a real treat.
    Tis a thing of beauty.
     
  19. Clutch

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    I have no doubt that this helmet will set the standard for factory paint applications.
     
  20. Qui-Gonzalez

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    While it is VERY drool worthy, especially given its provenance AND finishing job, I am holding out hope for an ESB version. I'd hate to mangle one of the less expensive ones to get that ESB look. So...I will wait.
     
  21. Al May

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    Fantastic, Thanks very much Gino for posting the pics, can't wait to get mine :love
     
  22. Lando

    Lando Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    very nice
     
  23. VaultUK

    VaultUK Well-Known Member

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    Fantastic
     
  24. Bandit-Jedi

    Bandit-Jedi Sr Member

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    Stunning!
    Great job eFX!
     
  25. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'll take that sample off yer hands since you are not happy with it Gino! ;)
     
  26. dcarty

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    Quick follow up questions. This is a sample of the "Legend" edition which is the "scratch and dent" version correct? How will the Limited edition version differ? Will they use the same casting for both editions and just have a different paint job?
     
  27. GINO

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    The castings are different between the two editions.
    The limited edition has all of the dings/warts cleaned up/removed, and the paint is sprayed on vs. being brush-painted on.


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  28. dcarty

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    Gotcha, that's what I thought but glad to hear it confirmed.

    Thanks!
     
  29. vader71

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    Can not wait to get mine.

    So can you share any details about how the paint is being applied? Specifically the Legend, is the black and gunmetal colors being brushed or is it only the gm?
    And is there a clearcoat?
     
  30. Slave1

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    That looks sharp, Gino!

    Did I mention I went home and ordered one the very night after seeing yours? ;)
     
  31. cboath

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    Just speechless...

    woooooooooooow!
     
  32. chefhawk

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    looks good, i do hope brian muir gets a copy as a gift at some point..it would be the gracious thing for efx to do.


    cheers
     
  33. voice in the crowd

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    Looks very nice indeed.

    eFX is really setting high standards :thumbsup
     
  34. DAVIDYR1

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    What was that about the bar being raised? Oh yea, here it is.

    David
     
  35. nwjedidave

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    my bank account is crying already!
     
  36. masterstumpy

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    I want one sooo bad.... too bad they're all sold out :/
     
  37. jedimarkj

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    I echo everyone's sentiments, that looks just bloody fantastic !
     
  38. vaderdarth

    vaderdarth Master Member

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    No doubt the best licensed Vader collectible to date. Well done eFx!!!
     
  39. Darth Infamous

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    Oh hell ya....Looks fantastic...:) Thanks for the update Gino

    Carl
     
  40. animator

    animator Active Member

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    This looks amazing! I wish I could have gotten a Legend...
    Can you post pictures of the Limited?
     
  41. RKW

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    Awesome.

    So how does the dome attach to the face mask?


    I was well impressed with the paint job on the MR boba fett so the Vader helmet should be easy to paint in comparison.
     
  42. GeneralFROSTY

    GeneralFROSTY Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    An incredible piece, long overdo for fans and collectors. Count yourself luck you be getting one of these gems!
     
  43. budgeysmuggler

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    Is there a final payment date yet? I hope soon while the exchange rate is favourable!
     
  44. Treadwell

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    Wonderful!
     
  45. GINO

    GINO Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks for all the fantastic comments guys!!




    Here's a few behind the scenes pics I thought you might be interested in seeing.
    (excuse the poor quality pics, that's why they're *cough* behind the scenes) ;)






    Here's what the container looks like outside of the main box.
    It's HUGE!




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    "It should be quite well protected..."




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    Shot of the face mask without the dome.




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    Interior shot of the face mask showing the lining and strap system.




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    Shot of the inside of the dome.
    You have no idea how difficult it was to get the factory to lay the fiberglass in this particular way (thin wall with tight corners, and specific matte pattern)!
    Very happy with the end result.




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    Last edited: Jan 24, 2012
  46. OldKen

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    If they can pull that off...

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    I'm VERY happy!!!

    The paint looks better than the original test helmets! Which looked very good!

    And now...

    The waiting game!



    And give Gino some rep points people!

    He helped do what in our hobby said couldn't/wouldn't be done!

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  47. spinner 44

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    Gino,

    Would you mins sharing the outer dimensions of the box... just to get an aproximated idea.

    Thank you
     
  48. vaderdarth

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    I like the connector. Not prototypical of the ANH helmet, but it will do the job without a lot of fuss.
     
  49. GINO

    GINO Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I don't have it here anymore. :facepalm
     
  50. Peacefrog35

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    Man that's gorgeous!! Great job Gino and thank you! Now will us second class cititzens that got a Limited be treated to a visual sample? :lol

    Now correct me if I'm wrong, though the limited is cleaned up as far as warts, it does still have the bumpy surfaces right? I thought I remembered Gino saying that before.
     

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