Darth Vader's helmet — or, at least, a movie-quality replica of the melted one Kylo Ren holds in "Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens" — is for sale thanks to 3D printing technology, but the made-to-order prop will cost fans a pretty penny.
Replicas of Darth Vader's helmet and other props have gone up for sale online at Star Wars Collectibles, the Ultimate Studio Edition
. CNN wrote that the props, made at Propshop
using 3D printing, are "virtually identical to those seen on screen."
"The Sith Lord's iconic helmet is precisely detailed in every way and appears virtually identical to the prop used in the film," the website says in a description of Vader's melted helmet
, which will be limited to 500 replicas.
"Created using the original 3D digital data from the actual prop featured in the film in combination with advanced digital manufacturing processes, and then hand-finished by a highly skilled artisan. The surface markings have been projected onto this helmet to identically recreate the texture pattern of the original," the description continues.
A video showing how the helmet was made has garnered more than 51,000 views on YouTube in less than two days.
Owning Darth Vader's helmet, though, will not come cheap. The helmet is the most expensive item in the collection at $3,500. Chewbacca's Bowcaster will cost collectors $2,500 and Kylo Ren's helmet will cost another $2,000.
Finn's blood-stained FN-2187 Stormtrooper helmet that led him to join the Resistance in "The Force Awakens" is also limited to 500 replicas and is being sold for $1,750. Other items for sale include Poe Dameron X-wing fighter helmet ($1,500), Kylo Ren's Lightsaber ($1,250) and Rey's staff ($1,250).
The website warned that the replicas are not toys and are not to be worn as part of any costumes.
Propshop created all of the actual props for "The Force Awakens," according to the tech site Mashable
. James Enright, Propshop's director, said the process of creating them for the film was one that constantly evolved.
"If you take Kylo Ren's lightsaber, for instance, that was something that we would constantly, every day print a new version of and give it to J.J. (Abrams)," Enright told Mashable. "He would then literally draw on it with a Sharpie and go 'I like this bit,' or 'I don't like that bit' or 'it's too big or too small.'"
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