The Stormtrooper was introduced to the world in 1977 with the premiere of George Lucas' Star Wars: A New Hope. For filming, Andrew Ainsworth of Shepperton Design Studio fabricated the character's now-iconic helmets using sketches by Ralph McQuarrie and three-dimensional clay sculptures from Liz Moore. A half-a-dozen of these vacuum-formed pieces were produced for filming the Tatooine scenes in March of 1976 and featured hand-painted details representing desert weathering, giving them the nickname "Sandtroopers". Of the six, only two known helmets are left in private collections, including this one which has been screen-matched to a specific Stormtrooper whose last words were, "Stop that ship! Blast 'em!" Heritage Auctions is currently selling the unique movie prop in its Hollywood & Entertainment Signature Auction.
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