|14th Feb 2019 - Over the last few years, RS Prop Masters have
positioned themselves as probably the leading Star Wars replica helmet/armour
provider. Key to this has not only been their ability to deliver
accurate replicas than licensed providers like EFX and Anovos - but also
to be able to do so with significantly better and more reliable
delivery/service. Bottom line is they're delivering better products,
quicker than the licensed companies.
Regular visitors may remember the
excellent reviews we gave for their
Scout Trooper and
- so expectations were extremely high when we pre-ordered their Biggs
Darklighter X-Wing Helmet - a limited edition helmet signed by Garrick
Hagon, who of course played Luke's doomed wing-man in ANH.
|So its great to be able to report that this helmet surpasses our
expectations - its absolutely fantastic and by just looking at
these photos you don't need us to tell you that. RS PropMasters has yet
again produced an absolutely stunning replica - with this particular
helmet made all the more difficult to replicate due to its complex
hand-painted/weathered finish. The bar was set high but yet again
|The helmet itself, like the originals is made from vacuum formed
ABS, pulled from a set of moulds which were themselves taken from
"screen-lineage" parts (ie as opposed to directly from a screen-used
helmet). The detailing is really nice and includes the amber tinted
visor, chin strap and cup, with front microphone, and rear mic connector cable. The
interior is fitted out with some pro-looking padded black fabric, with
two 'leather' ear cups attached via velcro.
|The paint finish itself looks to be a mixture of decals, stencils
and good old fashioned hand painting - and looks fantastic. Its
really great to see that they've got the details right - like the
asymmetrical, errr 'flower' looking decal in the centre of the above
|Rear quarter which shows off the construction of the
helmet. Like the originals there's a L and R hemisphere, with a strip of
ABS running from front to rear connecting the two sides (reinforced on
the inside). Another plus point is how the centre strip replicates the
originals construciton, with a noticeable
bend/crease as its base - not a separate strip.
|Above and below another couple of rear shots. Notice
also the rear mic connector cable. It's a very cool looking helmet from any
|Both the overall look, as well as some of the more nuanced details
backs up the "screen-lineage" claims made by RS Prop Masters. One thing we
really like is the curve of the helmet - if you look at the photo below,
notice how the curve of the profile has that near-straight section
between the 9 and 10 o'clock positions. That's something that you
see on the original screen-used helmets - but missing from almost all
replicas (e.g. the EFX has a symmetrical curve which is actually
|Above right profile, below right front quarter showing
the helmet on the new acrylic stand. Its actually a nice looking,
functioning stand which securely holds the helmet, along with its
signature plaque which slips into a neat groove. A great example of
smart design that's ergonomic, attractive and entirely fit for purpose.
Licensed pop makers - please take notice!
|Next up some quick comparisons with screengrabs of the
origin Biggs helmet. As with all comparisons like this you need to take
them with a pinch of salt - as angles, lenses, distances etc. etc. wont be
the same - but we think it shows the RS Prop Masters helmet is an accurate replica of the screen-used prop.
|...this time looking at the left side profile.
|...and below a side by side with a photo we took of an
Original screen-used X-Wing helmet
we reviewed back in 2005 (gulp!).
Though the angle is slightly different, the interesting thing is how the
curve (when viewed in profile) on the RS Prop Masters is very similar to
the screen-used X-Wing helmets. As mentioned above its that
near-straight section between the 9 and 10 o'clock positions.
|Most importantly, when looking at the measurements
we've taken of original screen-used X-Wing helmets, it does appear that
size wise the RS Prop Masters helmet is spot on. Going forward it would
be good to get it alongside an original to finally phot-prove it - but from
the figures we have it looks good. There's also recently been some
discussions on the various forums about how the RS compares size-wise next to the
licensed EFX . The answer is clear on this, the RS is the
correct-size, whereas the EFX is somewhat oversized (though still a
really fantastic collectible).
So as you can see the overall shape and detailing of the pull is
extremely good. The small dent in the original (under the mohawk just to
the left of the 12 o'clock position) is not really visible on the RS
PropMasters. It is very subtle on the originals anyway, and could have
been lost in the casting process. Its a very minor point but one we
thought we should mention.
|So this is another really excellent Prop Collectible
"package" from RS Prop Masters, with the Biggs helmet coming with a display stand, plaque signed by Garrick Hagon, photo and certificate of
authenticity (with security hologram). As collectors we're in a great
position when non-licensed companies like RS Prop Masters are able to
deliver quality products like this - while also meeting their pre-order
timescales and promises.
As a case in point. we ordered our Biggs
helmet three months ago and now have it in hand. Compare that with the
Anovos General Merrick helmet which we ordered well over a year ago and
its still nowhere to be seen, being constantly pushed back quarter by
quarter. And don't get us started on EFX - five years so far for the
damn Legend Edition Scout Helmet!
|Rant over! Finally a couple of close up photos. Each
helmet is finished/painted/weathered by hand so each will look
slightly different but the quality appears to be pretty consistent from what
we've seen from others who have also ordered this helmet.
earlier, RS has fitted out the inside of the helmet with a nice
mat-black padding - actually not dissimilar to the style used by MR, EFX
and Anovos. Purists might be sniffy about this as the original
screen-used helmets were pretty darn ugly inside, with nothing but a
bit of polyurethane foam. However we think the RS Prop Masters approach
strikes a nice balance between absolute accuracy - and having an
attractive display/wearable collectible. Plus you could remove it
if you want.
|So in summary - we love it. This is yet another superb helmet/collectible from RS
Prop Masters - who really seem to be going from strength to strength.
Its a tough helmet to get right as you need an accurate mould to start
from, and then there's the complex paint job. So its pleasing to be able
to report that they've delivered on both counts - and have yet
again (like the Stormtrooper, Snowtrooper and Scout Trooper before this)
produced the most accurate replica out there.