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Lucasfilm Licensing Art Reference Helmet (Don Post Prototype)

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    Re: Lucasfilm Licensing Art Reference Helmet

    If you consider what I've learned of the helmet from the previous owner, in conjunction with what Art Andrews and FettPride have contributed, I feel there is absolutely no way this is a Sgt Fang Mystery Helmet recast. First, it preceeds the existence of the Fang. It's made of fiberglass, as opposed to the Fang which is some slush resin. Moreover, this came out of Don Post Studios. However, the Fang is more a full shape whereas the Don Post Deluxe might have been made smaller through nipping and tucking in order to appeal to the child-sized market. Moreover, the scars it has are identical with those in the mass production line. It makes no sense for someone to add them to a Sgt Fang so identically as these marks did not exist on the screen-used and are of no value.

    This helmet came from the master mold used by Don Post Studios but wasn't part of the production, and LFL Marketing later sent it to the artist who used it as a reference for a Fett action figure he sculpted in the 90s.

    Structurally, there are significant differences between the Don Post helmets and the Sgt Fang. The Fang has a fuller look to it whereas the Don Post Deluxes (fiberglass) and other DP helmets have a more blocky, parallel look to it.

    Just pretend for a moment that you had a full size helmet made out of paper or aluminum foil. If you were to cut a certain amount out of the ear platforms and push the newly cut edges in, then apply bondo to re-establish the surfaces, you'd basically get a narrower helmet that otherwise is still roughly 1:1 scale.

    Hope this makes sense. The lineage chart seems to suggest the Fang came from a lava helmet or some plug that had the blocky shape of the Don Post. If that was indeed the Fang's progenitor, then Fang did a pretty amazing job in building it out to a more full and rounded shape. If that's not what he did then the lineage chart might be a touch inaccurate. At any rate, I keep going over in my head what kind of mods this helmet ( or a casting from it) would have to go through to rebuild that full form and shape of the movie helmet, as it would be an incredibly fun and fascinating research project - artistically and mentally stimulating!

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    Re: Lucasfilm Licensing Art Reference Helmet (Don Post Prototype)

    Im aware of what this helmet is....I mean you said you compared it to a Sgt Fang Mystery...Im saying are your sure it was a Sgt Fang and not just a recast of the Sgt Fang. The Sgt Fang is very VERY close in size to the GMH....much better size wise then the MR helmet. I own a Sgt Fang BTW...so yeh...you misunderstood what I was saying.

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    Re: Lucasfilm Licensing Art Reference Helmet (Don Post Prototype)

    Ohhhhh, gotya. Yes the Fang was purchased directly from the Sarge himself. It's real and not a random recast. Good question because I like to make sure I eliminate false positives and false negatives with comparisons.

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    Re: Lucasfilm Licensing Art Reference Helmet (Don Post Prototype)

    especially that helmet...yeh

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    Is this the same as the cheesy DP Fett helmet I bought at Target in the mid 90's?

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    Re: Lucasfilm Licensing Art Reference Helmet (Don Post Prototype)

    I believe the DP line of higher end fiberglass helmets and their lower end plastic helmets came from the same master, as I understand that both FG and plastic helmets had these dremel-style scars. So yes. Interestingly, Rubie's Costume Company says they had leased the Don Post molds but their helmets look worse and quite scrunched-up in shape.

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