With Star Wars: Episode 7 set to premiere in December 2015, we thought it would be a great time to check out some of the latest news about the film series. To our wonderful surprise, we caught wind of a new Star Wars prototype! So, without further ado, let’s grab Chewbacca, R2D2, C-3PO and the rest of the gang and jump into our X-wing Fighter to learn more about this awesome prototype!

In a galaxy far, far away, or, perhaps just in Surrey, England, a prop designer by the name of Andrew Ainsworth from Shepperton Studios invented a 12-inch plastic prop.

However, this wasn’t just any plastic prop. In fact, this super-rare prototype of a Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet from the original Star Wars film will go on sale to the public!

This iconic helmet is only one of six that were made during the 1977 filming of the first of the six film series, Star Wars: A New Hope.

This prototype, however, is slightly different from the ones that were used in the film, due to the fact that the ribbed back section of the helmet was removed from the final design because it would make the helmets difficult to make.

The origins of the stormtrooper helmet stem from Britain and these six prototype helmets are considered to be a “work in progress.” Furthermore, these helmets show the evolution of the stormtrooper helmet.

Ainsworth got a hold of the helmet after a private collector from the United States gifted it to him when filming was complete.

This rare prototype is creating quite a stir among Star Wars collectors. In fact, it was conservatively estimated that this piece of Star Wars history could sell for $20,000 or more.

Only time will tell how much this helmet will be sold for on Thursday, July 31 and although you might not want to pay that kind of money for this rare prototype, fans everywhere can catch a glimpse of the stormtrooper helmets in the upcoming film that’s set to release in December 2015!

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