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    Mar 12, 2012, 12:19 PM - HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #1

    Yeah... yeah... as with many things, we are a bit late on this!

    March 1, 2012 was thedentedhelmet.com's tenth anniversary!

    For those of you who are new, here is a brief history of the site.

    The Dented Helmet’s history began in early 2001, at the Replica Prop Forums (the RPF) with a thread dedicated to the details of Boba Fett’s costume. That thread grew to over 300 posts, which was legendary at that time. Due to the massive amount of useful information it contained, the thread was archived and a second thread was created. This thread too grew to over 300 posts, followed by a third. It was quickly becoming obvious that Boba Fett’s costume was too complex a subject to be contained within a few threads.

    One of the primary contentions back in those early days was the identity of the knurled rods on Boba Fett shin tool. It was accepted as "common knowledge" that the rods were X-acto handles, but a few people, many of who became the core of the Dented Helmet's early membership, challenged that belief. It wasn't until years later that we discovered those pieces were actually a Transcriptor Stylus Brush!


    In August of 2001 a new ez-board was created for the express purpose of scrutinizing Boba Fett’s costume and making that information readily available to Fett fans. The board was called “As You Wish” (AYW) as an homage to one of Boba’s most memorable lines. A forum for the new character “Jango Fett” was also created at AYW. Unfortunately ez-board was not the ideal platform for a high-traffic discussion board. It was very sluggish and overrun with pop-up ads making it almost impossible to use. Within a few months of AYW’s creation talks began of creating a new forum based off the same software as the RPF and hosted on a private server.


    With the help the help of Cliff Wright and Nikki Burdett, the software used at the RPF was customized to suit the needs of the new board. The domain name Boba Fett Costume Resource - Boba Fett News & Articles was purchased on Jan 30, 2002 and on March 1, 2002, the Dented Helmet Discussion forums (TDH) officially opened to the public. Credit for the name “The Dented Helmet” goes to Chris Skidmore, who suggested it as a joke. All the posts from AYW were transferred and AYW was permanently shut down.


    The lead graphics designer of TDH was Dallas Poague, an avid Zam Wesell fan and the creator of TDH’s early shirt designs. As a favor for all his hard work in helping create the look and feel of TDH a forum for Zam Wesell was added to the new board.


    Unfortunately, only 6 months after opening TDH, it exceeded the capacity of the hosting server. TDH was temporarily shut down. Fortunately, Nikki Burdett, owner of the RPF generously offered to host TDH on the same server as the RPF.


    In Januray, 2005 The Dented Helmet struck out on its own server and upgraded to vBulletin as its platform.

    In Nov 2009, Art Andrews (me) took over the RPF and brought the Dented Helmet under a single company; Movie Prop Sites, LLC.

    In 2010, Scott Kaufmann, TxFett, took over the reigns and now is the primary person handling the day to day running of the site.

    Here we are today, ten years later and wow, what a journey the last ten years have been. I never would have guessed just how popular this little group would become or how influential we would be. It has been exhilarating and humbling. While some feel that Star Wars has seen its best days, this site still thrives as one of the largest costuming sites focused primarily on a single character.

    I won't even begin to try to mention the dozens if not hundreds of people who have helped make this site and this community what it is today for fear of leaving someone out. We have had so many come and go and so many contribute to the knowledge that is found here that it is just incredible.

    Thank you all for all that you do and for just still coming and contributing to the site.

    It has been my pleasure to serve you for the past 10 years and we are looking forward to another 10!
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    Mar 12, 2012, 12:25 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #2

    Art, thank you and to everyone else who got this off the ground. What an amazing idea to start with, and and even more amazing result. Without this site and the knowledge in its base, I could never have achieved the childhood dream of having my own fett.

    Cheers!

    -Scott
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    Mar 12, 2012, 12:50 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #3

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THE DENTED HELMET !!!
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    Mar 12, 2012, 12:56 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #4

    Quote Lucksy31 said: View Post
    Without this site and the knowledge in its base, I could never have achieved the childhood dream of having my own fett.

    Scott, you are very welcome. My original reason for creating the Dented Helmet was to help others build a better Boba Fett for themselves and it has been my great joy to watch dozens and dozens of people just like you who have realized their childhood dream by building their own costume and helping spread the excitement and wonder of the Star Wars universe on o others.
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    Mar 12, 2012, 1:00 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #5

    Thanks for being here.....and happy birthday.

    I couldn't have made my Jango kit without it.
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    Mar 12, 2012, 1:42 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #6

    wow! i joined nov 1st 2006, i've been coming here for just over half the life of tdh, and i still feel like the new guy. lol! here's to another 10!
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    Mar 12, 2012, 1:57 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #7

    Happy Anniversary..... and agreed, thanks to you Art.... I now have a Boba Fett costume..... and keep upgrading parts :-)
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    Mar 12, 2012, 2:40 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #8

    Now Art needs to build his Boba(I know your too picky)...Happy Birthday TDH
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    Mar 12, 2012, 2:46 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #9

    A big thanks to all that made this site what it is... here's to another 10!
  10. KaanE is offline KaanE
    Mar 12, 2012, 2:54 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #10

    ***... A teenager

    C'mon! 0MG is also forbidden?
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    Mar 12, 2012, 2:59 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #11

    Happy Birthday TDH!!!!
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    Mar 12, 2012, 3:11 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #12

    Quote Fett 4 Real said: View Post
    Now Art needs to build his Boba(I know your too picky)...Happy Birthday TDH
    Hahaha... I have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that it is never going to happen.
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    Mar 12, 2012, 3:16 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #13

    Happy birthday to The Dented Helmet from a new guy just starting out.
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    Mar 12, 2012, 3:21 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #14

    As a longtime member for these 10 years I say congrats TDH. May we have another 10. You've certainly helped me get closer to my dream of a SA Fett costume.
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    Mar 12, 2012, 3:26 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #15

    Happy Birthday TDH! And thank you everyone! I've made significant progress on my Fett since joining this community and still growing!

    You've all been a big help to me and many other Fett fans world wide!
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    Mar 12, 2012, 3:47 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #16

    Quote Art Andrews said: View Post
    Hahaha... I have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that it is never going to happen.
    That sadness me to hear you have given up. You of all people should have a Boba. Hummmm an underground movement to get Art his own suit.
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    Mar 12, 2012, 3:58 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #17

    Happy birthday TDH , Thanks for your help making my childhood dream become a reality !
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    Mar 12, 2012, 5:07 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #18

    Quote asok said: View Post
    That sadness me to hear you have given up. You of all people should have a Boba. Hummmm an underground movement to get Art his own suit.
    call it the art andrews project, like what we did for jeremy?
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    Mar 12, 2012, 5:30 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #19

    10 years of TDH? Wow. Happy birthday!!

    Now. . . what did TDH stand for again?

    Totally Dessicated Hummus?

    Turtles Devouring Herbs?

    Tarantulas Drafting Haiku?

    I know it's something like that.


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    Mar 12, 2012, 5:50 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #20

    I haven't given up.. Just accepting the fact that the chance of me ever finishing a Boba is remote. Here is the thing though. The purpose of creating the Dented Helmet was NEVER about me getting a suit. It was about helping others and creating a community of amazing people and for me, that has been far more rewarding than a complete suit ever could be.



    Quote asok said: View Post
    That sadness me to hear you have given up. You of all people should have a Boba. Hummmm an underground movement to get Art his own suit.
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    Mar 12, 2012, 6:12 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #21

    Happy Birthday Dented Helmet!!!
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    Mar 12, 2012, 6:39 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #22

    Happy birthday TDH!
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    Mar 12, 2012, 6:46 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #23

    I'm new to this website but have to say how thoroughly impressive this forum is. I am just starting my costume and hope to unveil it at celebration. I know I couldn't achieve it without this website. I've already met some great people who share the same love of star wars/costuming I do and can't wait to meet more!

    Happy birthday TDH and thanks Art for making something like this possible. Everyone should have passion about something in their lives the way you clearly felt in starting this community. Hope to thank you in person @ celebration
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    Mar 12, 2012, 7:49 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #24

    Quote saint_nasty said: View Post
    call it the art andrews project, like what we did for jeremy?
    Yep, right down those lines!
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    Mar 12, 2012, 7:53 PM - Re: HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, TDH! #25

    Quote Art Andrews said: View Post
    The purpose of creating the Dented Helmet was NEVER about me getting a suit. It was about helping others and creating a community of amazing people and for me, that has been far more rewarding than a complete suit ever could be.
    Would you have ever started this community had you not wanted a suit? To me you give more than most people do.

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