Star Wars: Celebration V was an amazing experience for me as it was my first Celebration. I have attended dozens of conventions but none have compared to the magnitude of a gathering that is 100% STAR WARS! Years ago, I had seen the Vader Project, online, and was very impressed by it, but hadn’t thought much of it since then. Imagine my surprise to see that the 501st Legion had put together a similar project at Celebration V; the TK-Project, using Stormtrooper helmets instead of Darth Vader helmets, and all to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation! My wife and I were so impressed; we bid on several, and ended up winning one of the helmets!
As we left Celebration V, I was bummed that the fun was over, but the TK Project had fired my imagination and inspired me to put together a similar project utilizing Boba Fett helmets. I was not the only one with this idea. The 501st, having made a great success of the TK-Project, wanted to follow up that effort with another project using Clone Trooper helmets. We got together and formed the “As You Wish Project.” (Get it? As You Wish. Make-A-Wish. Boba Fett. OK, so it isn’t the most creative name ever, but it stuck, and that is what we are going with.) The As You Wish Project includes 20 Boba Fett helmets sponsored by TheDentedHelmet.com, with The Dented Helmet overseeing the Boba Fett side of the project and 20 Episode II Clone Trooper helmets sponsored by eFX Collectibles, with the 501st overseeing the Clone Trooper side of the project.
The hardest part of the project was choosing artists to participate. The Vader Project utilized famous pop and modern artists. The TK-Project was primarily Star Wars Celebrities and 501st members. I wanted to go after companies within the movie industry like Weta, Legacy Effects and Amalgamated Designs who have a track record of creating amazing and memorable props. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but it has been an amazing journey that has spanned the past 2 and a half years and will be culminating in our exhibit of the 40 helmets, plus 10 more surprise helmets, in less than a MONTH!
Thanks to the Star Wars Blog, we have the chance to share a bit of our experience working with some truly amazing artists as well as Make-A-Wish! We leave you with this teaser, seen first here on Star Wars Blog; Mythosaur Hunter by MARS Visions! This design was inspired by Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer and Boba Fett’s iconic mythosaur skull symbol! We can’t wait to talk about this and other helmets in upcoming segments! In the meantime, you can check us out on Facebook or at the Dented Helmet.