Described by Nissan as “the closest you’ll ever get to sitting in the cockpit of a starfighter,” the new 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition makes it so you don’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away for a unique Star Wars experience. In addition to other Star Wars inspired features like exclusive badging on the front row doors, a power panoramic moonroof and Bose audio system, every Star Wars Nissan Rogue One comes with a limited edition Death Trooper replica helmet produced by 3D Systems Gentle Giant Studios in Burbank, CA.
With the Nissan collaboration in place, Lucasfilm approached frequent partner Gentle Giant Studios with the task of creating the helmet replicas. Known in the entertainment industry for delivering exceptional quality props, digital assets and collectibles within tight deadlines, our 3D Systems Gentle Giant artists were more than up for the challenge of crafting and delivering over 5,400 detailed, high quality replicas with just 3 months on the clock.
Our digital modelers got to work right away to create a 3D printable helmet model and base. With photographs of the official Star Wars costume and digital scan data as our guide, we sculpted the helmet in 3D from the ground up. Once fully modeled as a single unit, we analyzed the data to determine where the helmet could be divided into separate pieces for manufacturing. Our artists and on demand manufacturing experts are well versed in the manufacturing constraints of mass production, and brought their insights to bear on this project to deliver a stunning and seamless final piece.
Once complete, the helmet files were sent to the 3D Systems ProX 800 Stereolithography (SLA) printer to create a first article helmet in the final dimensions (15”H x 11.5”D x 10”W). The accelerated design verification process enabled by 3D printing was critical to keeping production on schedule. Once approved, these SLA prototypes (helmet components and base) were used to create the master fiberglass production molds. Using these molds, our team was able to execute a low volume production run with high quality finishing to meet Nissan’s quota and deadline.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story came to theaters December 16, and starting late November the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition was available for purchase. The exclusive Gentle Giant created Death Trooper replica helmet is available only to owners of the Nissan Rogue Limited Edition (starting at $28,950). According to Nissan, only 5,400 will be sold, but “unlike the Death Star, when these are gone, [they] won’t be building them again.”
Taking a tour of the studio with our very own Ashly Powell, Mark gets to look behind the curtain and see our talented artists at work as they make your favorite action figures and pop culture collectibles!
This morning the team at Lucasfilm officially announced the name, logo and teaser poster for Star Wars: Episode VIII:
Announcing the name of the next film in the Skywalker saga.
We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.
THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.
Happy New Year Gentle Giant LTD fans! We hope you had a great holiday and are having a great start to your new year. We here at Gentle Giant LTD have not been resting over the break. We have been putting the finishing touches on SIX incredible new collectibles from the Marvel Universe and the Star Wars galaxy we announced to the world today that will ship Q2 of 2017! Check out all the details below and then head over and place a pre-order! You can click on any image to be taken to the pre-order listing for that item.