The As You Wish charity project made its debut at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida last weekend. With 40+ helmets customized by some of the industries leading artists and studios of our time, this event has set the stage to raise some serious funds for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Inspired by its predecessor, the TK Helmet Project, which raised over $50,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation at Celebration V, this project focuses on the helmets of Boba Fett and the Episode II Clone Troopers.
One of the men responsible for the project, Art Andrews, explained that the hardest part of the project, was choosing artists to participate.
“The Vader Project utilized famous pop and modern artists. The TK-Project was primarily Star Wars Celebrities and 501st members. I wanted to go after companies within the movie industry like Weta, Legacy Effects and Amalgamated Designs who have a track record of creating amazing and memorable props.”
Once the list of participating artists and studios was decided, they were each given either a Boba Fett helmet or an Episode II Clone Trooper helmet and told to create it, as they wished. This is one of the coolest parts of the project for me. With each artist given 100% creative freedom on their helmet, you know each helmet was a work of their own creation and not a prompting from someone else.
It’s taken over two years to get this project from idea to auction and it was one of the highlights at Celebration VI.
Every helmet in the project is being auctioned off online by the Make-A-Wish group, with all funds going towards their goal to give terminally ill children a wish.
Bidding started August 23rd, and runs until September 1st, so get on over to ebay and start bidding. After checking out some of the helmets on the As You Wish Facebook page, there is bound to be a bidding war over a lot of these.