>> The force is strong in my family.>> It doesn't matter which side of the force you're in, Darth Vader's helmet makes a great prop in any living room. As does Poe Dameron's, Kylo Ren's, and the stormtrooper mask worn by Finn in The Force Awakens. And these are exact replicas of what the heroes and villains wore in the latest Star Wars installment.
The team that worked on that movie is now replicating some of its props to sell to the highest bidder. This means hyper-detailed toys for die hard collectors, ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 apiece. To insure the items match their on screen cousins, Prop Shop uses digital data collected during the making of and marries it with 3D technology
>> A lot of the weapons like Kylo Ren's saber for example, they would come across our desk and we would be given some concept artwork as a 2D image. We put that into our 3D package and then build over the top of and then have that 3D printed.
>> It’s a time consuming exercise with the melted Darth Vader mask taking roughly 20 hours to create inside the printer.>> This machine is a 3D printer and this takes a digital model whether we have acquired it through 3D scanning or 3D modeling and creates a physical object of that digital file.
>> And after the item is built, the devil is in the detail.>> These guys in here are obviously doing the final touches, the final bits of paint work, the final rubbing down, the bits that are making the thing look like the prop in the film. After they've gone through this process they then go to quality control.
>> The props are only being sold in the US for now and some of them in limited editions to ensure exclusivity and awaken the force just in time for the next films release in December.>> My sister has it.