Welcome to another Artist Highlight from the As You Wish Helmet Project! This helmet along with 49 others will be displayed a Star Wars: Celebration VI in Orlando, FL from Aug 23-26. Starting Thursday, August 23 these helmets will be auctioned on eBay by the Make-A-Wish Foundation with 100% of the proceeds going to support Make-A-Wish.
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Artist: Joe Johnston
While we want to be all cool, formal and a bit detached about this... we just can't. Scroll up and read that name again. Joe Johnston. Yeah, THAT Joe Johnston! Director of Captain America: The First Avenger, The Rocketeer, and Jumaji just to name a few, Joe is a true Hollywood heavy hitter! Most people know that Joe was involved with Star Wars, but what many people don't know is that Joe is the true "father" of Boba Fett. The late Ralph McQuarrie created some of the earliest sketches we know of Boba, but it was Joe who really honed in on the final look and created the absolutely iconic paint job that sets Boba Fett apart from every other character in Star Wars.
For the first time in 34 years, Joe has picked up the paint brush and painted another Boba Fett helmet, and the best part is, to the trained eye, his painting style is as distinct as any fine artist. While many people have tried to replicate Joe's very unique multilayered style none have mastered it, yet all these years later, Joe has provided this project with a paint job that is as singularly unique as a signature.
This is a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to have Joe revisit the iconic character that he created in 1978 and we couldn't be more thrilled to share this with you!
The finished Fett's Dad helmet:
Click images for a closer view. This helmet will be available for sale via eBay starting Thursday, August 23 with 100% of the proceeds going to support Make-A-Wish.