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Making Boba Fett's Helmet

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Boba Fett's helmet has slight variations between appearances.

  • Prototype: white
  • Pre-Production #1 (PP1): "eyes" (version 1, later called "Jaig eyes") and then "ears" (version 2)
  • Pre-Production #2 (PP2): no eyes or ears
  • Empire: yellow kill stripes
  • Jedi: orange kill stripes
  • Jedi (Stunts): made of flexible red rubber, cast from an Empire helmet and painted like an Empire helmet
  • Jedi Special Edition: yellow kill stripes

Boba Fett's rangefinder has also been noted in the past as a "broadband antenna for intercepting and decoding transmissions."

Sources: Kenner POTF2 Boba Fett action figure cardback, Decipher Star Wars CCG Cloud City "Mandalorian Armor" trading card, "Star Wars Chronicles" book, specifically the page about Boba Fett's 1st pre-production prototype helmet, "Boba Fett's Armor - An Essential Guide to a Walking Weapon" by Bill Smith, and "A Field Guide to Boba Fett's Mandalore Armor" from Topps' Star Wars Galaxy Magazine #1.


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Vendors To Considers


  • All parts available including helmet (ESB, ROTJ or ROTJ:SE)

Animefan (on behalf of Fettpride)
Animefan (on behalf of Fettpride)

  • Helmet (cold cast fiberglass ready to paint) (approx. $260 plus shipping)
  • "Budget" Helmet (separate permalink) (approx. $155 plus shipping)
  • Ralph McQuarrie Concept Boba Fett Helmet (separate permalink) (approx. $175 plus shipping)


  • Painting

RS Prop Masters
RS Prop Masters

  • Helmet (ready to paint)
  • "Return of the Jedi" Helmet (painted) (approx. 350 British pounds)

NME Props
NME Props

  • Helmet (ready to paint) (approx. $150 plus shipping)


  • Rangefinder Servo ("Fettinator")


JC Fett suggests for "Empire" Boba Fett:

  • Perhaps the most important part of your kit. Making sure to hit the right details will ensure a fantastic build that will be reputable. The front cheek of the bucket has a three hole borden connector, this is a found piece (machinecraft replicas recommended). In the back slots of the helmet there is some circuitry displayed through the cut outs, this is a Casio MQ-1 Circuit board. 14 Kill stripes on left side of helmet, Range Finder on right side of helmet with two red LEDs (use a tilt switch to activate these LEDs when range finder is down. Range finder can be set up with a servo and battery pack with wireless switch to function in lowering and raising remotely. Go the extra mile and install a voice amp inside the bucket, it's worth the trouble when people can't hear you! Install helmet PC helmet fans, you'll need them! Connect PC fans to a battery pack that can be rechargeable to avoid wasting money on replacing batteries! T-Visor for your bucket can be purchased at Use online references such as TDH for how to use the right colors to paint and weather the iconic bucket properly. There are many great bucket builders out there, find the mold you feel works best for your head shape. I strongly suggest going with what's recommended/suggested on Also FX is releasing a Legendary Boba Fett bucket soon and pending it's quality could be a good alternative to those not looking to scratchbuild. (Darth Vorhees / Fettwerks full helmet commissions recommended)

Skarn Razaar suggests some insight on the visor:

  • I have a Don Post 'standard' that I am customizing. I have cut out all of the visor section to use as a template for the replacement. This was done using a craft knife and modeller's drill with circular saw attachment. I have purchased a basic full face splatter guard - the one that looks like a welder's mask that you can flip up. It already has the curvature in it. I then used the original visor template to make a new one. I then backed it with the darkest limo film and hey presto, a new full vision visor, especially when looking downwards when walking.

TK 7602 aka suggests:

  • Helmet: Modified Master Replicas
  • Helmet Visor:

Flynn O'Connor suggests:

  • Don Post Helmet Replica. COST: $70-100
    Available at costume/magic shops and online stores. This helmet is simpler than the one you saw in the films (and has a poor visor), but it does the job.
  • Lucasfilm Archives Helmet Replica. COST: $1,000+
    Available to order at some costume/magic shops and online stores. It's a replica of the one in Lucasfilm Archives; it lacks a good paint job.
  • As far as the Don Post (cheap) helmet, there's a lot that can be done with a little "beating up" via silver paint. Get 2 or three different colors of silver (mix with black) and give it a few more nicks here and there. The different colors of silver will make it look a bit more "3-D." This also works for the rest of the armor. If you can, purchase plastic car window tint to put over the T-slit. Since only half of the slit is actual see-thru plastic, it's easy to see the division line -- the top half is gloss and the bottom is matte. Or, spray the bottom half with clear acrylic gloss (to make it shiny.) and darken around your eyes so that it's harder for people to see in. Paint in the arrows, red and green.
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Neck Seal

Vendor To Consider

Man Of War Studios
Man Of War Studios

  • Neck Seal (approx. $30)
  • Balaclava (approx. $60)


JC Fett suggests for "Empire" Boba Fett:

  • Tackle Twill, ribbed, center closure. Neck seal is ribbed with horizontal stitching. It is made of tackle twill just as the vest is. It has a center closure which can be fastened as you wish, personally I use white velcro, easy on and off! (arkady recommended)

TK 7602 aka suggests:

  • Neckseal: TK 7602 aka

Flynn O'Connor suggests:

  • Faceless Ski Mask (Grey). COST: $5-15
    Available at ski shops.
  • Make your own from grey cloth. COST: $1-2
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