Stormtrooper Helmets, Armor and Costumes
|SW Movies Character Appeared in
- ANH ESB RotJ
|Brief Prop and Costume History
First seen in Star Wars - A New Hope in 1977, The Stormtrooper Armour design
was originally conceived by Ralph McQuarrie in 1975. Helmets and Armor were
all fabricated by Andrew Ainsworth at Shepperton Design Studios in
Twickenham near London. All helmets and armor were made from vacuum formed
plastic, either ABS or HDPE. Detailing and Armor assembly were by John
Mollo's costuming department.
For The Empire
Strikes Back the original sets from the previous film were re-used. For
Return of the Jedi they created new Helmets and Armour by casting a
set from the original Movie.
Everyone wants to be a Stormtrooper - however up to very recently no "Lucasfim
Official Licensed" company had made armour forcing fans and collectors to go
underground. There are therefore a huge number of "fan-made" producers out
there which range from small garage set-up's to big tax-paying business like
Shepperton Design Studio's.
Though licensed companies Like Don Post had been making Stormtrooper
helmets since 1977, just recently Rubies entered the Licensed Armor market
(to fans distain), and in 2011, Museum Replicas will also be producing full
Stormtrooper Armor. Helmet-wise e-FX has just announced a couple of new "low
cost" Stormtrooper helmets
Now Click below for Original Screen Used, Lucasfilm Licensed Replicas, or
can Click here for side by side Comparisons of the different versions.