- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

If you are a Star Wars fan with a couple thousand bucks lying around, you too can purchase a “[p]recisely detailed prop replica” of the helmet worn by “The Force Awakens” antagonist Kylo Ren.

ComingSoon.netreported Wednesday morning that Disney and Lucasfilm have gone live with a website offering high-end “prop replicas from the films with an unprecedented level of detail behind them.” 

Dubbed the Ultimate Studio Edition, the pieces are “[m]ade to order by propmakers at Propshop in Pinewood Studios using digital data collected during filming of 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,” the movie-news website explained. “Each Star Wars prop replica item is a limited production piece due to the high level of craftsmanship required to create them.”

The priciest item in the collection is a replica melted Darth Vader helmet for $3,500, in a limited-edition run of only 500 items, each “includ[ing] a chip to authenticate the serial number that is printed on the Certificate of Authenticity” and “[d]elivered in an exclusive, custom wooden crate inspired by the packaging used for the original prop.”

Oh, and there is, of course, the standard disclaimer to dissuade those who may be say less-than-serious collectors: “This is not a toy. It is not meant to be worn as a costume, and does not contain any moving parts.”

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