Anovos Premiere Line First Order Stormtrooper Helmet Review

Anovos Premiere Line First Order Stormtrooper Helmet review

I first heard of Anovos during the build up to Star Wars The Force Awakens. I’m a member of the 501st Legion and like many members, I was eagerly searching the internet for images of the new Stormtroopers for the film.

Rumors started floating around about a new company of former 501st Legion members and prop builders teaming up with Lucasfilm to make fully-licensed props. This was a huge break for fans and costumers alike. We would finally have a company that could produce movie accurate props from the Lucasfilm archives.

I was stoked.

The First Wave Hits The Market

A few friends were part of Anovos’ entry into the market with what we called “The Alpha” wave of First Order Stormtrooper suits. These folks were the test group for how Anovos would distribute products into the market. Anovos uses the wave or tiered approach to releasing new items.

The sooner you place the order, the cheaper the price for the item. The problem for people like myself is the blind trust I need to have with Anovos about what they are delivering.

I was skeptical to say the least. I’m not about to drop a chunk of money on something they just have pictures of with a disclaimer of “prototype shown, actual product may vary”. So, during Celebration Anaheim, I stopped by the Anovos booth to take a look.

I saw the Premiere line of First Order helmets and asked if I could get a closer look.

First Impressions

These helmets are LEGIT. I was sold on the spot. The overall construction of the helmets are top-notch. No bubbles or flaws on the outside of the helmet and the inside… oh, the liner.

When you look inside of one of the Premiere helmets, you’ll see soft foam lining throughout the helmet, with microfiber fabric overlays. Then, they have an adjustable foam padded donut to keep it secure and comfortable while you wear it.

When you put it on, it literally feels like you’re putting on a real helmet from the movie, because it basically is.

I met up with a friend of mine who was part of the “Alpha wave” of adopters and asked if I could try on his helmet. He agreed and I honestly felt like Finn in the trooper transport from the movie pulling the helmet over my head.

It fits like a glove and somehow still feels roomy enough for a fan and microphone setup inside. Another favorite is how well Anovos pulled off the bubble lens for the eyes. Traditionally, we heat up a welders shield in the oven to get the lenses to bubble like the ones you see in the movie.

The issue is that bubble lenses cause distortion when looking through them. So, as a cosplay or costumer, it’s hard to see through them and still judge distance balance when walking around. In fact, I know tons of people who get headaches from wearing helmets with bubble lenses for long periods of time during a troop or event.

Anovos lenses, don’t distort that bad. In fact, I was comfortable wearing my helmet from the start.

One of the biggest gripes I hear from other people in the costuming community is price. I’ll be honest, Anovos products sound expensive. The Premiere First Order Helmets cost about $600.00 before shipping. The more affordable standard line helmets sell for about $250.00 in comparison.

Is it worth it?

The short answer is yes, and I’ll tell you why. When building a fan-made replica, you’re paying for an unfinished product. They require bondo skills, trimming, sanding, painting, hardware, and assembly. Guess who does all of that? You do.

I’ve spent months of spare time assembling other fan-made helmets in the past and once I’ve added up the cost of materials I had to buy and the time it took to put it all together, it usually adds up to something close to what the Premiere helmets cost.

That’s excluding the fancy lining.

So, in the end, it’s sometimes cheaper to just buy the completed helmet from Anovos, and you know you’re getting a product that is the closest thing to owning a piece of the movie you can get.

If you’re not a costumer, but you like collecting movie helmets, then Anovos is the perfect option for you. You’ll receive a movie replica prop that is a duplicate of what you saw on the big screen.

Take a look at Anovos and see for yourself. They carry a steep price, but in the end, you get what you pay for and you’ll know you’re holding a helmet that’s the closest thing to owning an actual screen-used prop on the market.

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Musterbrand Star Wars scarf review

Musterbrand scarf review

Musterbrand Imperial Scarf Review

I’m excited to tell you about my Musterbrand Imperial Scarf. I love this thing. I’ll be honest, I suck at fashion. I’m 44 years old and this is the first year I’ve started exploring how clothes can make me feel good. I grew up doing extreme sports stuff on my BMX bike so I’ve always picked clothes based on function rather than style. I have tattoos from my neck to my knuckles so dressing up always felt pointless to me. That was until I found scarfs.

My boss turned me onto them because he would rock some jeans and a t-shirt paired with a scarf. He looked cool and comfortable, and the scarf tied the look together. It just looked legit.

I started grabbing scarfs from those big chain stores to try them out and was surprised at how a simple accessory could make me feel better about how I looked. Now, here comes the twist.

I like Star Wars. I really like it actually. I was casually checking my Twitter feed when I saw an article about Musterbrand and how they’re making high fashion garments with the Star Wars license. I’ve seen brands try this before and fail horribly. I was skeptical. I expected to see some basic jackets with Star Wars logos screen printed on them or something similar. I checked out their site and was hooked.

Musterbrand gets it. They just get it.

I scrolled through their jackets and got a sense for what they were doing. They produce garments INSPIRED by movies and video games we all know and love. I clicked over to see their accessories and found the scarfs. I literally grabbed my credit card while I waited for the scarf images to load.

This was everything I was looking for in a scarf. It’s big, it has long flowing lines, and it’s interesting to look at. They solved my biggest problem with trying to update my look and style. I wanted to dress better, but I didn’t know how to do it. I had no idea where to go to find cool clothes from a brand that understands me. Musterbrand made it easy.

A few clicks later, I tweeted about it:

Tweet about Musterbrand

I was that excited about getting this Musterbrand scarf, that I had to tweet about it. That’s rare for me.

A few days later, the box was waiting for me when I got home. I tore into that thing and was so happy that Musterbrand delivered on everything they promised. My scarf was exactly what I thought it would be. I wanted a large triangle scarf and this thing is big.

I have a hard time buying clothes because I’m a big guy. I’m 6’0 and 240lbs. I love lifting weights so as a result, I’m thick through the neck and shoulders – a bad combo for most scarfs. Musterbrand was different. The Imperial Scarf hangs nice and low and gives me the same flow lines and accents that I saw from the model on their site.

The scarf has a nice texture and weight to it, but it’s comfy enough to wear inside all day. This is a big deal because I live in Phoenix, Arizona. It’s hot here. The Imperial Scarf is something I can see wearing all year when I need to dress up a casual look or if I’m trying to impress at a work event.

The styling is amazing

The thing that makes this scarf perfect are the accents. It’s a Star Wars scarf, but you wouldn’t know it unless you got close enough to see the subtle rubber Imperial Cog cog sewn onto the bottom of the “V”. They also added some strings placed around the edges that add more lines and flow to the garment.

I’ve wore this thing a few times now and twice I’ve had other men complement me on it and ask where I got it. Think about that for a moment. When was the last time someone stopped you and asked about a piece of clothing you were wearing? It’s definitely new to me.

I’ve been checking out their other scarf offerings and I’m deciding on what to get next. That’s the beauty of what Musterbrand does with style. Even if I’m not familiar with the video game or movie in the collection, they still have great looking pieces.

The Recap

Musterbrand makes great looking clothes that nerds like myself can wear while representing the games and movies we love. You don’t need to look like a poster child for Hot Topic to show the world you love a popular movie or game franchise. You can rep your love for Star Wars without looking like a 16 year old living in your parents basement.

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