Star Wars has always been a money maker, especially since the Disney acquisition when the franchise started seeing yearly releases. The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story both nabbed headlines for their box office haul, coming in as the number one movie in their respective years, but the movies are only a piece of the sales that make up the Star Wars franchise’s total revenue. The other major component is merchandise sales.
Where The Force Awakens saw international box office returns of over $2 billion, Star Wars merchandise was projected to hit $5-6 billion dollars in the year following the movie. Last year, Hasbro alone saw over $500 million in Star Wars toy sales. Star Wars toys and other merchandise have always been a draw for children and collectors alike, with the latter often taking particular interest in the near-replica detail oriented lines like the Hasbro Black Series.
With Toy Fair 2017 approaching this weekend, Toyark has revealed an early look at Hasbro’s Black Series electronic Poe Dameron X-Wing pilot helmet. A quick look at the helmet will reveal the attention to detail from the rest of the Black Series, showing minor signs of wear in the paint job.
The helmet is equipped with surround sound speakers that play a variety of Star Wars sound effects, including sounds from X-Wings, TIE Fighters, and Poe’s astromech companion, BB-8. It’s not clear yet if the helmet will allow audio input from an outside source, but with its surround sound speakers, it would make for a great immersive way to view the Star Wars movies in full surround sound.
There are no officially released details on price or release date, but similar products have run in the ballpark of $80, and it is expected that the helmet will see a release in time for the yearly Star Wars merchandise reveal known as Force Friday, currently anticipated for September 5.
With Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting theaters in December, many fans may be excited to celebrate the return of Poe Dameron with a replica helmet. Unfortunately, the helmet is designed for ages 8 and up, meaning it might be a tight fit for older fans. However, past helmets have been spacious enough to fit a variety of head sizes, so older fans (and younger fans with large heads) shouldn’t give up on their dreams of wearing a replica Poe Dameron helmet just yet.