ESB Screen vs. AOSW helmet differences


Active Hunter
Greetings crew. I know there have been some discussions before, but thought for anyone interested, seeing as I am looking to do an ESB paint up of the screen displayed helmet, and not with the extra nicks and damage of the AOSW helmet, to document the areas that are differrent, and for anyone keen to add some input. These yellow highlighted areas are some main things I see as differrent, and there are the obvious black scuff marks not present on the screen used lid. I am also interested to see what people think of the orangy/rusty scuff marks mainly on the back of the AOSW helmet. There aren't that many hi-res close ups of the back of the screen helmet, but from what I can tell, they dont seem present on the screen one.

my ideas so far (please feel free to add or dispute - they are not set in stone, only what I see) :

Numbers as on photos (refferred to as left and right as if you were WEARING the helmet) :
1. White scuff marks near dent not on ESB Screen
2. Upper left mandible extra silver damage spot not on ESB Screen
3. no 'line scratch' on ESB Screen
4. ESB Screen has less silver damage in left mandible corner
5. No 'little curl scratch' on esb Screen helmet on left mandible
6. No silver long scratch on left upper cheek on ESB Screen
7. No 'F' Looking scratch on esb screen lid
8. Extra scratch on left lower cheek on AOSW Lid
9. Extra silver spot of damage on lower left mandible on AOSW lid
10. No white paint splocth on right upper cheek on ESB screen helmet
11. No obvious black scuff marks on ESB Screen lid
12. no crack/fix on left mandible under front killstripes on ESB Screen
13. Possibly no orange/rust damage mainly on back on ESB Screen?
14. UPDATE 6/8/2011 - "T" and circle decal fully intact on rangefinder ear on ESB Screen. AOSW it has almost worn away. (thanks to SuperJedi and Fett4Real for pointing that one out. :))
15. UPDATE 6/8/2011 (NOT YET ADDED TO PICTURE) - On the AOSW Lid, in between the silver damage spots that are on the right upper cheek and continue to the lower cheek, and the yellow #10 circle on the picture, there is an extra silver line scrape that does not appear on the ESB Screen lid. (thanks again to Fett4Real for that one)
16. No blue marker marks on ESB Screen lid (a pretty obvious one..)

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Fett 4 Real

Sr Hunter
In ESB most of what you said is ROTJ for the SE guys its not. All that stuff was there from what Ive seen of the SE pics and such
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Active Hunter
In ESB most of what you said is ROTJ for the SE guys its not. All that stuff was there from what Ive seen of the SE pics and such

For sure mate, but this is probably a good time to clarify that one thing I do want to get across, was that the idea behind starting this thread, was to simply highlight the differences seen in the AOSW helmet (which will generally be very close to the SE version, if not almost exact), VS the helmet seen in the Empire Strikes back movie. It wasnt designed to spark a debate about what people do or don't consider the 'DEFINITIVE' esb Helmet, simply to point out what we do know - that yes, its the same helmet, but there ARE subtle differences due to mishandling, age, neglect etc between the two. And I just thought compiling a list, may give people that do want to do the ESB movie version as accurate to that time frame as possible, some solid guidelines to follow, while possibly helping to educate some people who may be new to the idea, or simply weren't aware. It also seems more common that people recreate the AOSW lid, particularly as there are more and better reference pics, but there may be some who want to enjoy the challenge of doing the Screen used paint up, and with far less reference and evidence, every bit of info we can get together helps. So enjoy people, and please feel free to include input! Peace :)
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Fett 4 Real

Sr Hunter
I agree with you for sure, like it seems the repairs may have been made to the brow durring or before filming? There may or may not have been a crack on the right cheek area, I say there isnt video capture but some people claim they can see it.
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Active Hunter
true mate, those two you mention are very tough to pinpoint, although I know Spideyfett put some good examples of repairs which likely give evidence that the wavy brow IS actually there, and not just an optical illusion. I personally believe the wavy brow is present, and I think his pictues definately at least show there was work done to the area. Exactly how much of a wave, is going to be difficult to nail down. The right cheek crack - at first, I thought it was AOSW only, but on examining photos, there are some angles where it appears that it could indeed have been present in the movie. With both of these, i will wait to see if we get any more opinions, and will make neccessary addittions to the list based on what the majority think..


Sr Hunter
To add to the list:
Screen used RF upper ear has little "T" marking under the big black arch. It's pretty much worn away on the AOSW helmet.

Fett 4 Real

Sr Hunter
net to #10 the blotch of silver on screen theres no curved line if u look at the two pics...the scratched off area is black on screen


Active Hunter
net to #10 the blotch of silver on screen theres no curved line if u look at the two pics...the scratched off area is black on screen

Very good eye mate, that one I actually hadnt noticed. props to ya bud. Im imagining I don't really have to mention the blue marker, as its so obvious, and it seems most dont include it, even on AOSW paint-ups, likely as it just looks a little ugly. Ill add it to the list, but again, a pretty obvious one..


Active Hunter
Hey Team,

I'd like to contribute a bit in this department regarding ESB damage vs AOSW damage, or as I refer to as "SE" Special Edition damage, since it's a "motion picture" prop I like to think in terms of how it was seen on the silver screen. Being a painter and always chasing the ever elusive "perfect and accurate" paint job I've become very fascinated with the colors and the details in the damage on this helmet. Over the course of feeding my obsession with research, studying reference photo's and screen caps it is blatantly obvious that in the Star Wars films there have always been issues with continuity and Boba Fett is no exception. I've come to the conclusion that some damage seen on the SE helmet may have actually happened on set during the filming of ESB and may be visible in some ESB scenes and not in others. This can also help determine which scenes where shot first and when some reference photo's in the archives were taken based on whether or not specific damage is visible. In this post I will only be talking about 1 specific piece of damage that I think will really help and give insight specifically to painters trying to determine which pieces of damage to add to their paint job.

The damage I want to address is the damage on the left mandible just below the T-visor about 1 third the way in going towards the left ear. This damage is clearly seen in many Hi-Res reference photo's after filming ESB. See the image below.

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Let's examine the scenes in ESB in chronological order to see if the damage is evident.

1) The first scene is on the bridge. (EVIDENT)

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2) The second scene, Slave one Cockpit Scene. (Inconclusive)
-We do not see the left mandible due to camera angle


3) The third scene, Bespin Dinner Scene. (Not Evident)
-This one is difficult because the camera is at a distance decreasing the resolution. However the damage is not evident in screen caps.

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The damage is not evident in reference photo's during this time frame either.

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4) The fourth scene, Interrogation Scene. (Evident)

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5) The fifth scene, Carbon Chamber Scene. (Evident)

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Reference Photo's Evident
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6) The 6th scene, Bespin Hallway Scene. (Not Evident)

-For screen captures it is Inconclusive because the camera distance is too far and the EE-3 blocks out the area of damage in review.


-For reference photo's it is clearly Not Evident During this time frame.

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7) The 7th Scene Last Scene in ESB, Slave One Ramp Scene. (Not Evident)
-Although this scene is dark in lighting it is still not evident.

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8) Archive Reference Photo's
-White Hallway Shot's (Not Evident)
I'll only post one photo to show this but feel free to scan through the archives and you'll see that it is not evident in any of the white hallway reference photo's from the archives.


So in conclusion, I think they shot the White hallway reference photo's, the Bespin Dinner Scene, the Bespin Hallway Scene, and the Slave One Ramp Scene first before the Hero Helmet received the physical damage. Personally, I think that it's a scuff of some sort and could have easily been brushed up against something since the location of the damage is on the surface that sticks out the most.

It would be cool to get some more information if anyone has it regarding the timing and sequence of the ESB Boba Fett shots filmed.

As a painter I like the added detail in damage so I am going to include it on my ESB helmets unless specified or requested as a Bespin Dinner, or Bespin Hallway Specific ESB Helmet.

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Hope you guys find this stuff as fascinating as I do. I'm sorry if this had been addressed before, I couldn't find anything on it while working on my latest commission so I thought I would share. Anyways, Cheers!



Active Hunter
According to the On Stage Chronology it seems that only on the hallway scenes (Fett transporting the HiC and shooting at Luke) that smudge (at least that's what we thought it was) is not present, so we can assume that the extra scratches were "accidentally added" somewhere between April 12 and 25, 1978.

I agree Raf!

Based on the stage chronology you posted, I think that the first Black and White Photo of Boba Fett I posted in line 3) from the archives is in fact from the Bespin Hallway scenes and not the Bespin Dinner scenes. I was basing my research based on the description of the archived photo, it's labeled as "Bespin Dinner" I think it could be re-named based on this evidence since the smudge is obviously not present in the photo and the big gray stain on the left gauntlet isn't present yet either.


Sr Hunter
I've always thought of those as drips from the tan/rust "spatter" that's all over the front of the helmet.
And rnbuda, those marks are on your helmet. (y) They may look a little more subtle, but they're there.