Riddell mini-helmets were a set of helmets made by Riddell, a sports souvenir company.
Although primarily focusing on sport-related helmets and equipment such as football helmets, there was a variety based on the Star Wars franchise. Only five were created before they were replaced with Master Replicas in 2003/2004, which included Darth Vader's helmet, which also had both the mask and helmet removable, as in Return of the Jedi, Boba Fett's helmet, a ROTJ-era Stormtrooper helmet, Luke's X-wing helmet, and C-3PO's head. The stormtrooper helmet was the rarest, with Boba Fett being second rarest. Plans for a TIE pilot helmet were also considered, although since MR took over, they couldn't get further than the prototype stages.
Each helmet also came with some blueprints that described the functions of the helmet in-universe.
Behind the scenesEdit
According to Daniel Wallace in his tie-in blog to the release of Darth Vader: A 3-D Reconstruction Log, the Reifflex cellular padding was first mentioned in one of the blueprints for the helmets, specifically the blueprints for the stormtrooper helmet.
- Star Wars Helmets website, containing details for both the Riddell and MR versions of the mini-helmets.
- the TIE Pilot blueprints on Gus Lopez' website.
- aokforums propden post containing the five blueprints