Scout Trooper Helmet Comparisons
RS PropMasters Vs EFX Limited Edition
|Following our review of the highly disappointing
EFX Limited Edition Scout
Trooper Helmet, We thought we'd take the opportunity for some side by side
comparisons of the EFX LE against the helmet currently seen as THE most
accurate Scout Trooper replica - from RS PropMasters (review
here) - and further down the page another set of comparisons
courtesy of Sergiu - a three-way fight to the death of the EFX, RS
Prop Masters and Lone Wolf.
So first off the RS PropMasters Vs the EFX. For all
these shots the RS PropMasters is on the Left, with the EFX Limited
Edition on the Right.
|Front-on they're both very similar, with the difference in materials
used seemingly not affecting their looks (the RS is vac-formed from
Styrene like the originals, whereas the EFX is made from a heavier and
more robust Fiberglass). Accuracy-wise, the EFX has slightly more
defined nose/cheek detailing, but negatively suffers from noticeable
flaring around the jaw line - and a more flattened visor
|No difference size-wise, although in the hands they obviously feel
(and weigh) very different given the materials used. Externally, the RS
has much the same feel as the original screen-used helmets, whereas the
EFX has the weighty feel of a high-end collectible. Looking inside of
the RS is exactly the same as the on-screen originals, bare plastic with
a hard-hat liner - whereas the EFX insides have a matt black lining.
Note that unless you have a small head you'll struggle with the RS, and
even with that the EFX is still un-wearable!
|Above, the jaw-line flaring on the EFX (right) is quite pronounced
and very inaccurate. It prompts whether this was done intentionally to
try and help the faceplate close properly - which as you can see from
the shot below it hasn't!.
|As you can see from the photo above and below the faceplate on the
EFX just doesn't
properly close, revealing the black elastic of the chin strap
underneath. Note that this helmet only arrived today so its
possible that over time (and if we keep the pressure on keeping it
closed) we may be able to reduce that gap. However this really isn't
|Next up the view from above front, we've already talked about that
huge gap on the EFX and those darn ugly pivot plugs! Also from this
angle that lack of curve in the visor on the EFX really stands out - not
sure why that happened given their access to the original moulds.
| Below, all good from the rear. The decals on both are very
similar suggesting both makers had access to the original designs. The
EFX has a slight creamy/yellow hue when compared to the RS, which is a
more pure white. Thats just something we noticed, not a negative or
positive thing as its unlikely anyone would cosplay in one of these
|..and finally below an overhead shot. The main issue with the EFX is
of course the visor gap. Had EFX really wanted to solve this, then the
solution would've been to make the pivot smaller (to account for the
move from styrene to fiberglass) - and then simply restrict the visor so
it didn't rise as far up. The result would have been a lot more accurate
helmet with minor compromises given the facemask is never seen raised in
the movie anyway!
|So how does the EFX LE compare with the RS PropMasters
Scout Trooper Helmet?
The answer is it simply doesn't - from a "screen-accuracy"
perspective the RS beats
the EFX hands-down as is a far more accurate replica of the original
props used in Return of the Jedi. The RS is made from the same
materials, constructed in the same manner - and cast from moulds taken
from a production made helmet. The EFX is cast off a mould taken from
the original moulds - but too many compromises and short-cuts have been
made in taking the design from styrene to fiberglass - and this has had
a negative impact on its accuracy.
It'll be interesting to see how the "Legend Edition" compares
with the RS, but given the manufacturing compromises made with the
Limited, we're not holding out too much hope for it. As far as Scout
Trooper helmets are concerned, it appears you simply cannot mass produce
to the same standard as the hand-made RS PropMasters are able to
Ultimately, the RS PropMasters Scout Trooper feels like a real
film prop, whereas the EFX merely feels like the high-end licensed
collectible it is. However, they are perhaps pitched at slightly
EFX Limited Edition Vs Lone Wolf Vs RS PropMasters
|Sergiu from Rebelscum (aka Jkno on the RPF) sent us these great
photos and comparisons of the EFX Limited Edition against the Lone Wolf
and RS PropMasters Scout helmets. Note there are also separate reviews
of the helmets here...EFX
Limited Edition, Lone
Wolf, RS PropMasters.
all these photos below, the EFX is on the left, the Lone Wolf is in the
centre and the RS Prop Masters is on the right.
|According to Sergiu, "The best helmet of the three remains the RS
Prop Masters due to its high accuracy, being made like the screen used
out of two ABS halves joined together, with reinforcement strips. It
really is a great piece".
|For the RS PropMasters (right), Sergiu decided to go for the "Dickey
Beer Signature Edition" which is essentially the same as the standard
version except has the addition of a weathered paint finish to match the
Endor scenes in RotJ. He was especially complimentary of this and says
its really superb - adding that additional level of accuracy to the
|Sergiu adds... "The RS PropMasters is superb and is IMO the best
of the three, it fits perfectly together and as we all know it is made
from a production used helmet bought by RS guys from Prop Store auction."
... so has that direct lineage tying it to the original helmets used in
|The LoneWolf helmet comes in second place - as is second in
line regarding accuracy. The Lone Wolf is great since like the RS Prop
Masters it's also made like the screen used helmets from two separate
ABS halves which are bonded together - and then reinforced strips
|Both the Lone Wolf and RS PropMasters helmets have the accurate
headband interior, with the LoneWolf being more accurate than the RS
PropMasters - as uses a more accurate version of the internal headband
(hard hat liner) used by the RotJ prop guys. The EFX does not have this
at all - but is instead fully padded inside. This is ok as a collectors
piece - but not accurate to the helmets used in the film"
|More from him..."The problems with the EFX lay with the
construction, because it lacks in accuracy compared with the other two
due to the jaw flair issue, and the top gap (which probably looks a
little worse in the photo below due to the camera angle). Some helmets don't close
properly, mine seems to close better than others, but its top gap is
asymmetrical instead, so you get something on one side, but lose
something else on the other..." something clearly evident in
the photo below.
|Turning to the EFX Limited Edition, Sergiu's says: "I wasn't
expecting too much difference from what I've seen from collector's pics
already. The helmet is quite heavy, shiny and looks solid, coming with a
nice COA, but is not as accurate as it could have been. The jaw flair
and the big visor gap are the most prominent issues with this replica.
My visor closes quite ok looking from sides, but looking from top it the
gap is wider on one side than the other."
|With final parting comments... "The EFX's visor itself has some
accuracy problems as well. The snout is not that sharp, but was
expecting to be softer so it is ok. The stand looks cheap, but seems
reasonably steady and solid, still is definitely inferior to other EFX
stands. Price is quite high for what you get in the end, especially for
international collectors who weren't bribed by EFX with a free Vader
The overall appearance of the EFX is ok, less accurate than RS Prop
Masters and maybe even LoneWolf, and looks better than Altmanns, the
other licensed high end Scout helmet. Its an ok replica, but inferior to
previous EFX LE helmet replicas".
Thanks to Sergiu for the great
review and comparison photos!