Confirmation That the Stormtrooper Helmet Picture is Legit. Episode 7 Resumes Shooting!


The last two weeks have been pretty slow for Star Wars news and rumors. In such “desperate” times fans start to gaze even harder to the bits we have so far. One such case lead us to a pretty cool confirmation that the Stormtrooper helmet prop picture posted few weeks ago was indeed taken at Pinewood Studios…


Many of us had little doubts that the image is legit but it’s always good to have a confirmation from several places.


First of all it’s fair to say that the guys from TheRPF were the first who leaked the actual picture of the Stormtrooper helmet prop. The image posted on the Indie Revolver article was concept art.


Here’s the prop image posted on TheRPF few weeks ago:



Surely posting an image of a prop on the fan replica prop forum is not the best indication of reliability but who could have guessed that the image had GPS coordinates, the type of the phone with which the pic was taken as well as the date when the event happened.


So the GPS coordinates from the image point directly to Pinewood Studios:


PinewoodAnd not only that but if you even zoom more to the actual building where the photo was taken you can definitely see the roof windows which are a complete match to the reflections on the helmet:


PinewoodIt’s really nothing earth shattering but it’s funny how with the modern day technology and internet you a can actually access almost everything.


So there you have it. The picture of the Stormtrooper helmet prop is 100% legit. Now move along.


While we received the tip about the GPS coordinates on our email it looks like a member called R5Sb has already posted something similar 4 days ago on the TheRPF forum.



And here’s something really encouraging and exciting:



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60 thoughts on “Confirmation That the Stormtrooper Helmet Picture is Legit. Episode 7 Resumes Shooting!

  • August 28, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    woah, thats sick 🙂 especially the windows matching up!

    • August 28, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Who figured that out? That’s some nerdy detective work goin’ on there!

      • August 29, 2014 at 1:18 am

        Bravo! Thats some Star Warsy style detective work for sure. Now is there any metadata for the Falconor X-wing pics I wonder..

        • August 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm

          With such long rows of windows, all we need is a quadrocopter drone with a camera that can go from pane to pane. Imagine all the goodies that must be on display down there!

  • August 28, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Look closely at daisy ridley’s ice bucket challenge video; on her back is a circular covering, because in Episode VII she has a tattoo of the rebel alliance symbol or something like that. Heard this on news, but couldn’t find it again. Story must have gotten pulled…

    • August 28, 2014 at 10:55 pm


    • August 29, 2014 at 2:18 am

      Well, if that’s true, it wouldn’t be a permanent tattoo, would it? So, unless she did the ice bucket during shooting, it would have been washed off, most likely.

      • August 29, 2014 at 3:00 am

        I read this too. I can’t remember if it was latino review or somewhere else, but I can’t find it anywhere now.

    • August 29, 2014 at 5:49 am


    • August 30, 2014 at 12:57 am

      It’s from cupping therapy — if you follow her Twitter feed, she said she had it done in LA before she left. It leaves circular red marks for several days but it’s supposed to be good for circulation/healing.

  • August 28, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    To this confirmation I say Hooray!!

  • August 28, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Well, it only makes sense that stormtrooper gear would keep evolving through time, just like it evolved from clone to stormtroopers.

    I’m just glad that I’m loving the new design. That’s a really cool looking helmet.

  • August 28, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    “If you even zoom more to the actual building where the photo was taken you can definitely see the roof windows which are a complete match to the reflections on the helmet”

    I’m sorry, but this just takes nerdom to another level.

    • August 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      Me when I read it;

      Oh for god sake what a load of crap, next someone will claim they can see a tiny reflection in the helmet of JJ Abrams in the background. Let’s just take a look at that photo because there’s no way that- OH SHiT the roof windows are a complete match to the reflections on the helmet

      • August 29, 2014 at 3:02 am

        Yeah, and there are aliens on mars too. Just look at the blurry photos from Curiosity waaaay off in the distance. Obviously alien life forms!

        • August 29, 2014 at 4:47 am

          The windows have a specific diagonal pattern and match perfectly.

          Unless the image was photoshopped, it’s pretty damn undeniable and not comparable to that mars bs.

          • August 29, 2014 at 5:36 am

            Sure those aren’t lights? Would it make sense to have uniform ceiling windows on a soundstage, where the point is to control light, not let it in? Even if it’s just a prop shop.

  • August 28, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Wonder where that leaves the new snowtrooper (or incendiary) design.

  • August 29, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Assuming this was a rogue leak and not an official, JJ/Disney/whatever sanctioned “leak”, the person is a moron for not wiping the metadata from the shot.

    • August 29, 2014 at 12:37 am

      a lot of so called leaks with movies and games are done by the company, just so they can see how something will be received before it is finalized.

  • August 29, 2014 at 12:33 am

    That’s real neato

  • August 29, 2014 at 12:52 am


  • August 29, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Wow… I’m just laughing over here to the extent people went through. Don’t get me wrong I think it’s absolutely awesome. It may be the best thing I’ve read today!

    Craziness… but the reflection on the helmet and windows just sell it. What is this? An episode of Sherlock!? Did someone go to their mind palace!?

  • August 29, 2014 at 1:21 am

    This officially makes SW fans King of the Nerds!!!

  • August 29, 2014 at 1:36 am

    hate to be a hater but i’m not that keen on the helmet. not very sinister scary etc. see it action though, and there’ll be variations too i guess

    • August 29, 2014 at 4:06 am

      And why should stormtroopers be sinister or scary? They’re just mere imperial foot soldiers, not Sith Lords.

      • August 29, 2014 at 7:27 am

        Because they allude to German stormtroooers, which were pretty intimidating

        • August 29, 2014 at 7:58 am

          I just hope the stormtroopers don’t lose their cool smalltalk moments. That humanized them and made them feel like regular dudes.

          • August 29, 2014 at 6:26 pm

            I didn’t mean to ‘like’ that comment. The Stormtroopers making small talk in Star Wars is what I never liked. I wish they talked like the Darleks from classic Dr Who.

          • August 31, 2014 at 6:08 pm

            Really lazy trolling.

        • August 29, 2014 at 5:19 pm

          That’s your opinion, and I’m cool w/that. But in my mind, stormtroopers weren’t very intimidating in the OT at all. They’re just soldiers. And soldiers aren’t supposed to be scary.

  • August 29, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but if the GPS coordinates and the time in the image can be read, can’t they be edited too?

    • August 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

      GPS info can be edited. It’s a pretty easy thing to do to back up something that could be a hoax.

      LFL would have had something to say about it if it wasn’t a hoax.

  • August 29, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Thats the one of the replica of those stormtrooper dedigns recently shown on thispage, i had rather quick second doubts. Because it looks like it belongs to audi or reminds me of the iPhone or just the generic “modern” design thats a branch of future-retro slickness where everything looks like one fluid molden shape, expect thats nohthing good. Everything is a reminder of the classic fujctiomal design, expect that nothinh has a function and what remains is a shallow hull of an empty idea. Hard to explain but the same reason I dislike evey modern car-design. I want to go away and rid off of anything that reminds me of early 20th century.

    • August 29, 2014 at 8:15 am

      haha, I know exactly what you mean. great description. I feel the same with cars – no personality of the odder designs – where the minis/landrover defenders/silverghosts/morris minors of today…? But I dont hate the helmet, but I agree with all your comments. If you look at the deathstar1 control room, the wall controls look pretty 70’s, and some imperial officers haircuts too. So if theres a bit of 2014’s feeling in it then i can live with it. but i would prefer more timeless feel, or going with the blocky 80s chunky feel of much of the OT design. At least it is better than the dull clone helmets. I think alluding to WW2 german trooper design still makes most scary sense for most people. Lets hope the vehicles are cool. just need lots of angular not too many smooth shapes, like octagons + hexagons etc, and they will feel pretty right. Come on design team, don’t **** it up.

  • August 29, 2014 at 4:20 am

    What? This looks like a clone mask from the prequel trilogy.

    • August 29, 2014 at 5:30 am

      No, it doesn’t.

    • August 29, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      I agree the new Helmet doesnt’ look good.
      Stupid new design, never change a winning team, in this case functional design.

  • August 29, 2014 at 4:26 am

    I called this the day it was leaked….

    Anyone with a brain knew the day it was leaked on the web and just as quickly wiped off the web, that it was a legit deal.

  • August 29, 2014 at 4:32 am

    I don’t think it’s supposed to look scary cuz the Troopers are working 4 the good guys again.

  • August 29, 2014 at 6:24 am

    RFID detail in the helmet at the temple right above where the black of the visor begins.

  • August 29, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Not a fan of the helmet – it looks like what a Nike stormtrooper helmet would look like. I think they could have done much better.

  • August 29, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Looks awesome

  • August 29, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Good grief some of you are so negative. If you don’t like it go be ultra nerdy about some other movie.

    • August 29, 2014 at 9:47 am

      You CAN dislike something in Star Wars too. There is no law against disliking elements of Star Wars, and there is no law sheltering you from such comments. So let people like or dislike.
      I personally think the design is “meh” ***, to use a expression, and would have preferred getting Stormtroopers the way they look in the original trilogy. I wouldn’t mind seeing them again as the design of the original troopers is just fabulous as it is.


  • August 29, 2014 at 10:18 am

    It would have been nice if you’d name checked the user (R5SB) on the RPF thread that pointed this out days ago. I know the info is there for all to see, but would you have looked at it or even noticed the window reflection if he hadn’t posted all that when he spotted it originally? And no, I’m not him, just think it’s bad form.

  • August 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    If you look to our left in the pic, behind the helmet you will see another helmet, or at least a piece of it. Looks identical until you scroll down to the bottom left. The vent lines don’t match up like the helmet in the center. Maybe its a different variation of a stormtrooper helmet?

  • August 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    count the number of vents on the side of the helmet. Yes there are seven vents, to match ep. 7 lol

  • August 29, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Huh… If anything i find the new helmet more ominous/menacing than the older one. Opinions, opions.

  • August 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I think I like this helmet design very much.

    We know that the PT designs were modeled after WWI era hand made fabrication.

    We know that the OT designs were modeled after WWII era industrial frabrications.

    It seems to make sense then, that the ST designs should evoke 80s era ergonomic stylings that began to appear.

    I think this is exactly the right direction to go in.

  • September 1, 2014 at 8:28 am

    The design is sleek and shiny….but that’s the problem i have with it. If the Empire is in chaos i doubt they could afford to produce shiny new designs for their helmets.

    This seems like a step back toward the sleek designs of the clone trooper design.

    Having said all this, judging by the “new” look, it would suggest that the Empire is in full force 30 years later and has the resources and capital to invest in such upgrades to armor….interesting.

    I hope a full frontal profile picture is posted within a few months….then I can get a better idea as too how much of the original wide-faced design is still intact or not.

    I agree with Tim Snow, here on the comments section, that the helmet does seem a bit effeminate in it’s design.

  • September 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    ….I posted a link to that photo in a thread on this site over a month ago…and not only that trooper helmet but two more designs, one looked to be a snowtrooper helmet..hell i got it from a page on facebook honestly…..smh. Myself I do not like the new stormtrooper helmet. i think it was an un-needed and unnecessary change. That helmet was as iconic as Vaders Helmet.but they would never change vader’s helmet now would they? HUGE MISTAKE imo.what are they going to do next? Give luke skywalker a damn Purple lightsaber? im very dissapointed. it looks pretty damn dumb to me. My expectations for this movie have severely dropped..i know..its just a helmet right? I cant help it man…i thought the clonetrooper looked stupid too. and was very excited to beable to see the real deal again.. THE STORMTROOPER..bahhhhh. i dont even want to see how stupid the uniforms are now

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