First Order Stormtrooper Helmet
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (2017)
A First Order stormtrooper helmet from Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. First Order stormtroopers wore their helmets throughout the film, aboard Supreme Leader Snoke’s (Andy Serkis) flagship, the Supremacy, which served as the headquarters of the First Order. This helmet was donated by Lucasfilm, via costume designer Michael Kaplin, to the UK children’s charity NSPCC.
Director Rian Johnson decided to subtly modify aspects of the helmet to produce a more threatening appearance. The appearance of First Order stormtroopers in The Last Jedi was heavily influenced by the design of the original trilogy’s Imperial stormtroopers and differs slightly from the uniform seen in The Force Awakens. Changes included the shape of the nose ridge, a thinner mouth and added ‘teeth’ detailing.
The main body of the helmet is cast in polyurethane, a denser and more battle-appropriate material than the vacuum-formed ABS plastic used to make the original stormtrooper helmets, which were prone to cracking and breakages through use. Multiple vents run down both sides, and the left side of the helmet displays a fitted metal aerator. Clips feature on the dome of the helmet, and several parts of the piece are finished in black, including the acrylic bubble lenses fitted in the eye recesses, the brow line, the mesh grill on the mouth and the prominent teeth detailing.
The inside of the helmet displays a sticker reading “B8-37”, the number “37” written in black marker, and several pieces of foam that have been adhered for comfort during wear. The helmet’s interior has been signed by Michael Kaplin.
The lot displays signs of production use, including minor wear and marks, notably on the underside of the neck. Glue residue is present on the inside of the aerator. The lot is accompanied by a letter of authenticity on Lucasfilm stationery, signed by Michael Kaplin. Dimensions: 32 cm x 27 cm x 30 cm (12 ¾” x 10 ¾” x 12”)
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