Disney and Lucasfilm have launched a new line of prop replicas, made by the prop makers, themselves.
The Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition line of prop replicas are produced by Pinewood Studio's Propshop, which created the props used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The production process marries cutting edge 3D printing technology with master craftsmanship to produce replicas virtually identical to those seen on screen.
"It's the first time that I've seen where the consumer can actually access props by the props company that worked on the film, itself," said Jet Cooper, Digital Art Director of Propshop. "It's a very unique feature."
The initial offering from the Star Wars Collectibles line features eight prop replicas from Star Wars: The Force Awakens including Darth Vader's melted helmet, Rey and Kylo Ren's lightsaber hilts, Finn's Stormtrooper helmet and more. Each replica item is a limited production piece due to the high level of craftsmanship required to create them. The Darth Vader and Finn helmets are even more limited, with only 500 being made.
The replicas are by no means cheap, however, ranging between $1,250 and $3,500 each.
The Disney YouTube channel released a behind-the-scenes look at Darth Vader's melted helmet being created by Propshop, and will be adding more video reveals each month for the new Star Wars Collectibles.
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'Star Wars' Launches Most Authentic Line of Prop Replicas Ever Created