Anovos - The
Mandalorian Helmet Replica
(The Mandalorian TV Show)
Background... and a warning!
Okay let me start by saying we're a little conflicted as we write this
review. The reason for that is although this helmet is
indeed very good, it appears to many collectors just like us, that Anovos themselves is absolutely
not a good company to deal with.
Their long-standing inability to fulfil on pre-paid customer pre-orders has left a sour taste in
the mouths of many Star Wars fans, us included. Their modus
operandi seem to be to advertise enticing
new helmets and costumes, take customer's pre-order cash up front, but then seem to forget that
they actually need to manufacture and deliver the damn thing as they go
through a cynical delivery date push-back every 3 months. Like
clockwork, every quarter, in some cases delaying pre-paid orders for years!
So the one take-away you should get from this review is - if you want an
Anovos Mandalorian helmet, then for goodness sake DO NOT go direct to
Anovos - but
instead buy it from a reputable retailer (or eBay seller) who
has the helmet "IN HAND and ready to ship". Otherwise be prepared to wait....and
|The Mandalorian TV show demonstrates how magic can happen when
extremely talented Star Wars fans make a TV show. Right back since
1980 we’ve been desperate for a Boba Fett story, and with "The
Mandalorian" this goes a long way towards giving us that. So when
both Anovos and EFX announced they would be making replicas, there was
an immediate and positive response from collectors. So concentrating on
the Anovos version, as mentioned earlier we took the safe route and
purchased it via a 3rd party rather than from Anovos direct.
So it’s good that we’re able to get our hands on othese in advance of Season 2
arriving at the end of October. It typically sells in the $650-$700
range, but is certainly is a very impressive helmet. Cast in
fibreglass it has a
beautiful metallic sheen, accented with areas of simulated light damage
and weathering. It
has an almost bashed-metal/pewter like finish to it, and though that's
likely some form of auto-paint - its nevertheless done really well
and replicates the look of the screen-used helmet.
|According to the information provided by Anovos, the mould used to make
these replicas was scanned from an original screen-used helmet - the Anovos blurb
stating "With access to the film-used helmets from
The Mandalorian, we used 3D digital scan technology to capture the
precise geometry, right down to 0.2 mm of accuracy, to create
our exacting reproduction".
|Though a direct physical cast off an original would of course be
preferable, a digital scan of the original helmet is still a pretty good
source. The main potential uncertainty over a scan (resolution issues
aside) is our assumption that Anovos has replicated the scan 1:1 (which
was always a question mark against the old
Master Replicas RotS Clone Helmets). However, ahead of direct side by
side comparisons against an original, we're going to assume that Anovos
produced a 1:1 copy.
|The above shot shows off the paint finish that replicates that
Beskar-armoured look, along with the rear vents and ear detailing. We've
consciously taken photos in different lighting conditions and
surroundings for this review to try and show off how the helmets
appearance changes with different lighting and environment conditions.
|..and below as you can see the grimy detailing is correctly
concentrated around the edges and faces most likely to receive the most
weathering, with Anovos using a production-used helmet as their template. The weathering
probably looks a little more prominent in photographs, whereas in your hands its more subtle.
|The helmet weighs just over 1Kg including fixtures and internal
padding, so somewhat less than we were expecting. As a rough comparison,
an Anovos First Order Stormtrooper helmet sitting nearby weights 1.8Kg,
so a significant difference. Some of this weight saving seems to be down
to the a much-thinner 4-5mm thickness of the
resin/fibreglass. So this is not a negative point at all - as it certainly
seems to be a very well made replica.
Like the ears, the rear detailing appears to have also been a separate
part which has been added to the main helmet section. Like the ears
it also has a dull silver finish, and is highlighted with topical
weathering and scorch marks - again looks great.
|Below a nice shot of the detailing around the visor and ear section, as you can see the lines are
very sharp and precise - and the ear detailing, paintwork and weathering
offering a realistic contrast against the main helmet section.
|So back to the finishing, and as you can see from these photos it really
does look fantastic. The finish is somewhat like the metallic paintwork
of a premium car - but certainly captures the appearance of the helmet seen in the TV
show really well.
|There are some nice areas of weathering and highlights, and its good
to see this wasn't overdone, with light dirt marks and scorching
mainly concentrated to areas around the raised sections on the dome
(where real weathering, dirt and grime would typically build up). The
cheek-surrounds are also more weathered against the matt grey/brown
finish - emulating the originals use of shading to enhance definition and
|Helmet detailing is very sharp, with no apparent imperfections in the
helmet we received. Of course this is to be expected from any
premium-priced fibreglass helmet, but nevertheless it’s great to be able
to report this helmet meets our quality expectations.
|It looks like the ears are separate sections that have been attached to
the main helmet section - and have additional silver and black painted detailing.
Looking inside the helmet that has the standard
black car-interior type
material, though no additional padding per-se. However that’s probably a
good idea as the internal measurements of the helmet are on the small
side (as it appears is the screen used helmet) with an internal diameter
of circa 20.5cm ear-to-ear, and 23cm front-to-back. However, this is
still slightly larger than the EFX Mandalorian replica - which we'd
guess is therefore a little
|BTW some of the photos on this page show the helmet presented on a 3rd party
stand (the EFX) one, since as with all the Anovos helmets, stands are
not provided with Anovos helmets (nor plaques etc.) as they're licensed
as "Costuming" items, as opposed to EFX's "Prop" license.
|The visor is actually two separate layers of acrylic about 1cm apart,
presumably to ensure that they were able to achieve the required colour
- yet still dark enough to hide the wearers face.
|The helmet itself comes alone in the 12.5”x12”x12” (inch) single layer
cardboard box, accompanied by nothing more than polystyrene chips and
phone padding. However, I’m pleased to say that this was sufficient to
protect this particular helmet on its 5,500 mile journey from California
to London. So as with all the Anovos range, your buying just the helmet
- as no plaque or stand is provided.
So in summary Anovos has produced a very fine looking replica helmet.
We just wish
they could get their act together such that we could actually recommend
buying one directly from them - rather than a 3rd party seller with
stock in hand!