The 100 Helmets of THE VADER PROJECT

Jay Cochran - May 22, 2010
Freeman’s presents
The Vader Project
Los Angeles Auction Preview
See 100 customized Darth Vader helmets of The Vader Project before they go up for auction!

Opening Night Party
Friday, June 11 6pm - 10pm
With DJs The Crystal Pharaoh and
The Sucklord from BAND of the LOST

Saturday, June 12 2pm
Catalog signing with over 20 participating artists.

Open Daily from Noon - 6pm June 12 - 20.
6812 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA 90036


Freeman’s Philadelphia Auction Showing July 5 - 9
Auction July 10
Freeman’s Auction House
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A
www.freemansauction.com

This auction is not sponsored or endorsed by Lucasfilm, and has no relationship with Lucasfilm.
StarWars and all related intellectual property is © or ® 2010 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved.


The 100 Helmets of THE VADER PROJECT


This summer, The Vader Project launches the final chapter of its four-year art odyssey. The iconic collection features 100 Darth Vader Helmets re-imagined by today’s most notable artists. Completing its epic world tour, The Vader Project returns to Los Angeles in June for a special ten-day exhibition in Hollywood as a preview to the upcoming Freeman’s Auction in Philadelphia.

The Los Angeles Preview Exhibition is free to the public with an opening reception on June 11 from 6-10pm. The show will also feature a 200-plus page, full-color, limited edition catalog that is being produced for the auction and is available for pre-order now at www.thevaderproject.com. On June 12, the space will present a catalog signing event with over 20 participating artists in attendance beginning at 2pm on June 12. The Los Angeles Preview Exhibition will be open June 12-20 daily from Noon to 6pm.

In July, The Vader Project travels to Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the final opportunity to view the helmets in person before they are sold at auction. “The result is astounding” said Simeon Lipman, Pop Culture Specialist at Freeman’s. “The sale will give members of the public the chance to purchase unique artworks made from these iconic symbols of the movie industry by a number of well known artists including Shag, Marc Ecko, Tim Biskup, Frank Kozik and many more.” The Freeman’s Auction will take place July 10, 2010 at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania preceded by a 5-day exhibition there July 5-9. www.freemansauction.com

Collectors and art connoisseurs worldwide will have the opportunity to bid online at Freeman’s website, www.freemansauction.com. Most bidding will begin at $1,500. For more information about how to participate in the auction, please visit “How to Buy at Auction” at www.freemansauction.com/buying.asp.

Curated and produced by Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys (www.dketoys.com), The Vader Project features 100 of the best underground artists and designers working today. “From a simple idea in 2005 to a record-setting exhibition in 2009, it’s time for our child to venture forth into the world,” Kelemer and Marks said. “We are pleased to have partnered with Freeman’s to make these fine pieces of art available to the public for the first time.”

For this unique project, each artist customized a 1:1 scale authentic prop replica of the actual Darth Vader helmet featured in the STAR WARS™ films. Notable artists involved with the project include: Shag, Peter Kuper, Jermaine Rogers, Gary Baseman, BXH, Tim Biskup, The Pizz, Dalek, Paul Frank, Ron English, Jeff Soto, Michelle Valigura, Frank Kozik, Plasticgod, Simone Legno - Tokidoki, Bill McMullen, Secret Base, Joe Ledbetter, Alex Pardee, Suckadelic, Cameron Tiede, Mister Cartoon, Marc Ecko, and Amanda Visell.

Since its premiere in 2007, The Vader Project has toured the world. The collection launched in May 2007 at the Star Wars Celebration IV event in Los Angeles, and travelled internationally to Europe in July 2007 and Japan in July 2008. Most recently The Vader Project was on display from February 13 - May 3, 2009 at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Comments...

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xhairs - 2008-07-27 @ 12:22 am

man they rock i cant wait to get them. this is why i love the classic line. the ledges are cool but ill wait for the deluxe sizes i hope we get them. as i love Jazz,Cosmos, Beachcomber& Brawn.

they did hound so we should get the rest in deluxe sizes

Nguyen_Dragon - 2008-07-26 @ 9:20 pm

Just saw pictures... Hound and Ravage looks good... Some new legends worth picking up... Cosmos, Beachcomber, Brawn, Bumblebee...

(link)

Wheeljack35 - 2008-07-25 @ 11:24 pm
freakin repaints this is what killed off the previous Universe line.You would think Hasbro learned that by now

You do realize the point of the Universe line is repaints, right?

Ok fixed and point taken

I just felt the caps were a bit harsh and if they weren't meant to be I apologize

pesatyel - 2008-07-25 @ 6:55 am
Nemesis Prime - Very cool looking, I've always loved the black repaints into evil robots

12 pack of minicons - lame repaints to make a buck

The problem with the mini-cons is they keep picking the SAME ones every time. There were a lot of them, especially if you include the ones that came with the larger Transformers (which I found interesting that the same Mini-Cons came with the repaints).

As for Nemesis Prime, I always thought they should have changed the names with the whole "mirror universe" thing to Autocon and Deceptibot.

freakin repaints this is what killed off the previous Universe line

You would think Hasbro learned that by now

You DO realize the point of the Universe line IS repaints, right? The reason Classics are in the line is because Transformers cannot support 4 lines (Universe, Classics, Animated and Robot Hero). I suspect that a lot of those figures were planned before the movie, hence why they are here in the first place.

The problem isn't that they are repaints, the problem is the CHOICE of mold they decide to include in the line. For example, we got to get Wind Sheer and Air Raid, previously only available in G2. Or the Micromaster Constructicons (and Aerialbots and Protectobots). Nemesis Strika (one of the rarer Beast Machines figures), Overbite (previously the Japanese Hellscream), Nemesis Prime (previously Japanese Big Convoy), and King Atlas (previously Machine Wars Starscream and, before that, a European exclusive), Soundwave and Space Case (Machine Wars Soundwave and G2 Space Case).

A lot of low availability molds mixed in with some peole had just picked up a year or 2 earlier.

Nguyen_Dragon - 2008-07-25 @ 3:27 am
freakin repaints this is what killed off the previous Universe line

You would think Hasbro learned that by now

habro will never learn. they do it will all lines. and it kills them off all the time. i love the true classics ie ironhide ,Bluestreak ,sideswipe . they rock man now see they can be repainted as they did have twins in the g1 line. i love iron hide. now i want to see ratchet. but repainting powerglade is wrong.

how many times do they have to repaint evac ??

i give the line a 80 out of 100 just keep the true classic coming . like jazz hound ect.

I dont think we are getting a deluxe size Jazz... I really wanted one too cause he can actually be a "porsche"...

xhairs - 2008-07-25 @ 2:41 am
freakin repaints this is what killed off the previous Universe line

You would think Hasbro learned that by now

habro will never learn. they do it will all lines. and it kills them off all the time. i love the true classics ie ironhide ,Bluestreak ,sideswipe . they rock man now see they can be repainted as they did have twins in the g1 line. i love iron hide. now i want to see ratchet. but repainting powerglade is wrong.

how many times do they have to repaint evac ??

i give the line a 80 out of 100 just keep the true classic coming . like jazz hound ect.

DarthJoe - 2008-07-24 @ 11:58 pm

Darn...I was hoping they'd show off some new Deluxe and Voyager Universe Classics. This is just all the same stuff we've already seen.

Mike - 2008-07-24 @ 10:49 pm

yeah, I can't wait to see Hound and Cyclonus

Cyber Bishop - 2008-07-24 @ 10:34 pm

I love the Ironhide sculpt.

What no Cyclonus pix yet?

At least with sideswipe they changed his head instead of just repainting sunstreakers.

Mike - 2008-07-24 @ 8:13 pm

Hey Praim, we gotta bust those deceptibums!!

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