Boba Fett and Clone Trooper fans are we excited to share this news with you!
Today we are officially announcing the start of the "As You Wish" Project, a joint effort between the Dented Helmet and the 501st (sponsored by Movie Prop Sites, LLC and eFX Collectibles) to provide 40 Boba Fett and Clone Trooper helmets (collectively) to talented artists and studios to be customized, exhibited at Star Wars: Celebration VI and ultimately auctioned online with 100% of the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation!
The "As You Wish" Project was inspired by 2010’s 501st TK Helmet Project which included 50 reimagined Stormtrooper helmets and which helped raise over $65,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation! Further inspiration came from Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks’ creation; The Vader Project which included 100 reimagined Darth Vader helmets put into a traveling exhibit and then auctioned.
After the success of the 501st TK Helmet Project at Star Wars: Celebration V, we at the Dented Helmet joined with the 501st and sought approval to pursue a similar project using both Boba Fett’s iconic helmet as well as the Episode II Clone Trooper helmet as a basis for artists reimagination. With the help of Mary Franklin, we gained approval and for the past 6 months we have been working hard on the logistics of obtaining the helmets and having talented artists and studios sign on to help with the project.
eFx has graciously donated the Clone Trooper helmets which the 501st is distributing and the Dented Helmet has supplied the Boba Fett helmets!
We will be collecting the helmets from the artists at the end of May and hope to have a small exhibit at San Diego Comic Con 2012 and a full exhibit at Star Wars: Celebration VI in Orlando, FL! After Celebration VI, the helmets will be auctioned on line with all the proceeds going directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
So, why are we telling you about this a YEAR in advance of the event? For two reasons; first so you can start saving you money now in order to have an opportunity to bid on one of these amazing art-pieces! Second, because we are going to be sharing information with you throughout the next 12 months about each of the artists, their initial concept art, work-in-progress shots, and then the final product. We hope as many of you as possible will come to Star Wars: Celebration VI to see these in person, but for those who can't, we will have tons of photos here and on Facebook!
Speaking of Facebook, while we will be posting full articles here on the Dented Helmet, Facebook will be our main means of communication throughout the year. Please "LIKE" our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/asyouwishproj
Please tell your friends about it, post on facebook about it, blog about it and tweet about it! Let the world know so we can raise more awareness and eventually raise more money for charity!
We are super excited about this project and hope you are too! We are looking forward to sharing all the information we have from our artists and hope you will be saving your money to help support charity and raise even more money than was raised in 2010!
On a final note, we have already assigned all the helmets for this project and don't have any more to give out. However, if this goes well, we would love to do it again in the future!
PS. A huge thanks goes out to Mary Franklin of Lucasfilm, Chris Romines of the 501st, Bryan Ono of eFX and Chris Jones. Without these individuals we would have never gotten this project off the ground. Also a big thank you to our artists who you will be meeting very soon!