Posted by Chris on January 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM CST
In August of 2013, eFX Collectibles solicited their next 1:1 scale prop replica helmet and to everyone's delight, it was the much anticipated X-Wing Pilot helmet of Wedge Antilles. The edition size jumped from 500 to 750 since then, but the rest of the details remain unchanged. Priced at $599 each, these should go quick.

From eFX:

US Customs late in the week of January 20 and should be in our warehouse by the 28th and ready to ship.

- Digitally scanned from an original helmet from the Lucasfilm archives
- As seen in the epic battles in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi
- Worldwide Edition Size: 750 Pieces
- Quality fiberglass, injection molded plastic and machined metal construction
- Full Scale Replica
- Fully padded interior
- Removable real leather ear cups
- eFX display base
- Numbered plaque
- Prop Story/Certificate of Authenticity




Wedge Antilles is one of the few pilots of the Rebel Alliance who not only fought, but survived all 3 of the epic battles of the original trilogy of the Star Wars saga. Wedge was assigned the wing position of Red Two and flew his X-wing starfighter in the Battle of Yavin against the Empire's mightiest weapon, the Death Star in Episode IV: A New Hope, He was one of the leaders of the Rogue Squadron against the Empire's AT-AT's in the Battle on Hoth in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. And then in the final Battle of Endor in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, he was promoted to Red Leader and destroyed the second Death Star with Lando Calrissian, who was flying the Millennium Falcon.

The original helmet was made from an APH-6B Vietnam era flight helmet used by the US Navy, circa 1969. This helmet included the dual visor cover. A ridge was also added over the top from front to back. The helmet was then cast in halves to make the master pattern and the X-wing pilot helmets were then vacuum formed from these patterns. Upon assembly, a strip of ABS was added to hide the parting line of the two halves.

The microphone is from a Racal Minilite headset. This is the same headset that Luke and Han wore when fighting the TIE Fighters in their escape from the Death Star.As with the microphone for Luke's X-wing pilot helmet, the tip of the microphone was lost in the interim between ANH and ESB.

Wedge was portrayed by 2 different actors in Episode IV: A New Hope. Denis Lawson plays the character filmed in the X-wing cockpit and Colin Higgins portrayed Wedge in the Death Star attack briefing. Denis Lawson is the only actor who portrayed Wedge in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Coincidentally, Lawson is the uncle of Ewan McGregor, who portrayed the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels trilogy.

The eFX X-wing pilot helmet is a faithful recreation of the iconic helmet that Wedge Antilles wore in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back of the exciting battles of the Star Wars saga. Utilizing a digital scan of an original X-wing helmet in the Lucasfilm archive and an actual APH-6B helmet, castings of an original visor and chin cup, eFXs engineers, model-makers and artists painstakingly constructed the master patterns to produce this prop replica.


Click here to grab one for your collection now! There is also a handy layaway plan available for those that don't want to make the full purchase now.
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