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A COUPLE OF FLASHLIGHTS FOR LIGHTSABERS,

a bucket for a helmet, and towels as capes. As kids we all dreamed of owning real lightsabers; Star Wars helmets and blasters and fans have been using creative ways to replicate the props we saw on the screen for over 40 years. But what if you wanted something more accurate?
After the release of Star Wars in 1977, Lucasfilm quickly realized there was a demand for life size toy lightsabers and blasters.

However, Star Wars replicas were born when Lucasfilm gave a company called Don Post a license to recreate life size helmets and masks. The Don Post Darth Vader and Stormtrooper helmets were the first officially licensed prop replicas in the market and gave fans an opportunity to elevate their costumes to a new level. The Don Post Deluxe helmets continue to be in high demand because they
were made using references and molds from the official movie props. Don Post also offered extremely accurate life size statues of C-3PO, R2D2, Stormtrooper, and Boba Fett, that were made using original Lucasfilm molds and references. The Don Post Star Wars Replicas have been a staple in high end collections.

The costume license eventually went to a company called Anovos that elevated the accuracy of the helmets to a whole new level by digitally scanning the original helmets in the Lucasfilm Archives.
Anovos released helmets from all the films until Denuo Novo took over the license. Denuo Novo is owned by Rubies Costume Company, which has been making Star Wars costumes for decades.
Denuo Novo continues to make extremely accurate Star Wars costumes and their helmets are coveted by Star Wars collectors.

What about the Star Wars weapons? Well in 1996 a company called Icons Authentic Replicas obtained the license from Lucasfilm to make replica weapons and ships. They were the first company to offer exact replicas of the lightsabers used by Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
These replicas came in museum- style cases and were marketed as high-end collectibles. Icons also introduced special versions of the lightsabers that would include a display plaque with the actor’s autograph which were more exclusive. Icons only had the license for about 5 years before going under, but they produced some of the most iconic lightsabers and studio scale replicas fans had ever seen.

After Icons, a company called Master Replicas obtained the license to make Star Wars life-size prop replicas. From about 2002 through 2009, Masters Replicas released a massive catalog of replica lightsabers, helmets, blasters, and studio scale models. The Master Replicas era was truly the “golden age” of Star Wars replicas. They released all the lightsabers from the original trilogy and the prequels, which all came with museum style displays and plaques. Master Replicas also made helmets using original molds and 3-D scans of original Star Wars helmets. That’s because they were given access to the Lucasfilm archives where they were able to scan, photograph, and color match the original props. Master Replicas also expanded their line to include the Studio Scale model ships that were used in the film.

Often they would release a “Limited Edition” version, a “Signature Edition” version, and sometimes an “Elite Edition” made with finer materials.
Master Replicas are now some of the most sought-after Star Wars collectibles and fetch thousands of dollars in the aftermarket.

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Around 2009, a new company called EFX Collectibles took over the license from Master
Replicas. EFX Collectibles took the replicas to another level as they focused on making extremely accurate props. The licensed prop replica companies before EFX would generally make “idealized” versions of the props, meaning they would clean up the imperfections that were on the screen used props. Most of the helmets that were used in the film were made out of plastic and had a wonky look and were rarely symmetrical.

EFX Collectibles wanted to keep the essence of the props as they sat in the Lucasfilm Archives, so they started making “Legend Edition” replicas, which were intended to be as close as possible to the real film props. EFX Collectibles did extensive research and had access, not only to the Lucasfilm Archives, but also to props and molds that were in private collections. This allowed EFX Collectibles to make some of the most accurate and exclusive prop replicas ever offered to the public. EFX Collectibles continues to have the license to make Star Wars Replicas and make some of the most iconic lightsabers, blasters, helmets, and Studio Scale prop replica from the original trilogy, prequels, sequels, and the current shows like The Mandalorian.

Star Wars replicas are not only just weapons and helmets because there is so much more in the Lucasfilm Archives. Regal Robot obtained the license from Lucasfilm to make replicas of artifacts in their Archive Collection. These pieces are more than just statues, they are history. They use high- resolution scanning and work with the original artists to create extremely unique and limited creations like no other licensee has ever done. Regal Robot released some of the most iconic creatures in Star Wars like a replica of the Rancor puppet that was used in Return of the Jedi. Regal Robot also digitally scanned almost every concept maquette in the archives. These are the small sculptures that the artists would present to George Lucas for him to choose which creatures he wanted made into full size costumes and characters.

Regal Robot is the first company to offer replicas of these sculptures and even pays tribute to the amazing artists at ILM by including autograph plaques signed by these iconic artists.
Regal Robot also offers life-size busts of some of our favorite characters, with a level of accuracy
that makes you feel like you are looking at the original prop. Regal Robot continues to make amazing prop replicas from the entire Star Wars universe, including the films and the newer shows.
EFX Collectibles and Regal Robot are currently the only officially licensed prop replica companies. They are the only ones that have access to the Lucasfilm archives which allows them to make extremely accurate prop replicas. These high-end Star Wars replicas allow fans to bring those props
we always dreamed of, that have been locked away in the Lucasfilm Archives, into our homes.

You can find their current products at EFXCollectibles.com and RegalRobot.com.

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