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Were 150-Year Old Firefighter Helmets The Inspiration For Darth Vader and C-3PO?

As Collector’s Weekly recently pointed out, the resemblance of these mid 1800’s rescue masks to those of Darth Vader and C-3PO is blatantly obvious. So, were they part of the inspiration behind the look of Star Wars?

Well, only designer Ralph McQuarrie would know for sure, but as far as we know they haven’t been mentioned as an inspiration—and McQuarrie has been pretty open about the process behind his work on Star Wars thus far.

That having been said, it’s probably just a coincidence—albeit a really uncanny one.


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