Propshop, the company that produced props for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is now making film-accurate replicas you can buy.
If you have ever wanted to speak to Darth Vader’s melted helmet, now you can. Propshop, the company that produced props for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is now making replicas with the same process they used for the real items. But it doesn’t stop with Vader’s helmet, as Propshop is also making Rey’s and Kylo Ren’s lightsaber hilts, Chewbacca’s bowcaster, Rey’s staff, Poe Dameron’s helmet, and Finn’s bloodied stormtrooper helmet.
Each replica is 3D-printed from the original design used for the film, then hand-painted and detailed till it looks like a bit of Star Wars come to life and ready for you to display.
StarWars.com‘s Dan Brooks spoke with the founder of Propshop, James Enright, who said there is virtually no difference between the replicas and the props used in the film.
"These prop replicas are the real thing. You could put the real thing next to it, and you could touch it and you could feel it and you would not know [which was the replica]. That’s because we, basically, have done it the same way.”"
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There has never been a process of making replicas like Propshop’s, according to Brooks. These are not mass-produced shadows of the originals, they’re as close to the real thing as you can possibly imagine. For all intents and purposes, they are the real thing.
Having these gorgeous collectibles in your home comes at a steep price, though. The Darth Vader helmet is $3500 and is limited to only 500 replicas (via Star Wars Collectibles). The most inexpensive replicas are the lightsaber hilts and Rey’s staff, each totaling $1250. But in the end, the fact is you may never get as close to the real Star Wars props as you will with Propshop’s immaculately crafted replicas.