One of the questions we're often asked is "Which
is the best Stormtrooper helmet or armor" and its one that's very difficult
to answer since it depends on your size, shape and exactly what you want to do
in your armor (i.e. wear it regularly on 501st troops or just have it on a
mannequin in your room). However, the one thing we can say is fan-made
Stormtrooper armor is always better than Licensed - mainly because there is so
little licensed armor around and its quality isn't too great. Of the fan-made
armor we ourselves have tried a special mention goes out to producers like TE2,
TM, Laws, SDS and RT-Mod - all of whom have consistently delivered a
quality product over the years, have good customer service - and adhere to a
high standard of accuracy. We're sure there are other great provides out there
as well, but we mention these five as they are currently delivering armor to
To some extent things have moved in in 2014 as RS Prop
Masters became the first producer to cast an original ANH armour and helmet
set - and then make replicas available to the public. So that has actually
put them in a different league to other provider, though though still
provide really great armour and helmets - the armour itself is cast from a
wholly-different RotJ set, rather than ANH.
Prior to the
RS Props Masters Armour
- all "screen-accurate"
armor featured on this site was actually cast off a single set of original
RotJ armor, and this process took place back in the late 90's. However, as
you probably know, the RotJ armor was itself a "recast" off an
original ANH set since there weren't enough sets of armor available for
RotJ's filming back in 1981/82. Therefore one of the problems with all
"screen-accurate" armor out there is that its actually not "ANH
screen-accurate", but more "RotJ Screen accurate".
That is of course apart from the RS Prop Masters.
Some of the armour makers have addressed this issue by altering the armour
slightly so it looks more like the ANH originals. Some, like SDS has taken some
original mouldings (or skins) and added them to a RotJ set (e.g. the shoulders).
Other's, like Trooper Master (TM) has scratch built his armour from photographs
to try to closely match the ANH armour attributes.