The “As You Wish” Charity Project.
The art of trooping will once again reach new heights as an all-volunteer team of fans and artists present the “As You Wish” charity art helmet project at Star Wars Celebration VI, August 23-16 in Orlando, Florida.
Many will remember that at Celebration V in 2010, over 50 one-of-a-kind, customized stormtrooper helmets were auctioned off to raise over $65,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Building on the tremendous success of that event, the Dented Helmet costuming group and the 501st Legion, with support from eFx are presenting Boba Fett and clone trooper helmets to talented artists and studios to be re-imagined.
The helmets, once completed, will be on display at Celebration VI, then auctioned off by Make-A-Wish online after the show, with all proceeds going to support their programs that help critically ill kids and their families. Art Andrews from The Dented Helmet, and Chris Romines from the 501st are heading up the effort.
“Some of the artists involved in this project include Joe Johnston (the original designer/painter for Boba Fett and the director of Captain America); Weta Workshop (New Zealand FX Studio: Lord of the Rings and District 9); and Jim Lee (DC Comic Artist),” says Andrews.
This stunning Boba Fett helmet by artist John Brosio was inspired by a Hopi kachina, which is a carved and decorated doll that embodies the characteristics of the spirits of the Hopi Native Americans tribe. Brosio included real horns, snake skin, snake rattlers, and feathers.
Fans and art collectors can follow the project over the next year, including artist interviews and progress reports, at www.facebook.com/asyouwishproj.