My super-modified Black Series Kylo Ren Helmet! 14


As soon as I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters, I was hooked on it! I’d never been that big of a Star Wars fan before, although of course I have seen all the movies more times than I can count. That doesn’t mean anything though – I’ve also seen Transformers: Age of Extinction – with it’s 18% rating – a few times too. Star Wars Episode VII was just a great movie! Maybe it is just the update that Star Wars needed for this generation? Either way, I thought the story, the acting, the effects, and certainly the costumes were something to appreciate!

Just want to see the goods? Here is the finished Kylo Ren helmet or final Kylo Ren helmet voice changer test video.

Like most other fans of the film, I really liked Kylo Ren. The character wasn’t just one-sided and completely evil, level-headed, etc etc. He had range. The helmet, the black robes, and that awesome unstable lightsaber really did it for me. Of course that means I have to have the costume!

The first, and perhaps most important piece, was the Kylo Ren helmet. I saw online that the Black Series Kylo Ren helmet is both cheap and mostly accurate, so when I saw one available while shopping for Paw Patrol toys, I had to have it.

 

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 The helmet was great, but I did find that the voice changer was no good and needed some modification. Even after making changes to the voice changer, though, it still sounded like garbage – and I realized the whole helmet needed an overhaul.

After researching online and joining the Knights of Ren group on Facebook, I got started. To sum up about 2 months of work on the Kylo Ren helmet.  Check it out!

Kylo Ren Helmet Build Steps:

  1. Removal
    1. Remove the voice changer from the helmet – ALL of it, but leave the battery holder.
    2. Remove the plastic visor.
    3. Remove the black plastic lining the cheek area.
    4. Remove chrome piece
  2. Plastic welding
    1. Buy a soldering iron.
    2. Plastic weld all main helmet pieces together (not chrome), including front, back, and battery holder.
    3. Cut off the front nose piece of mask.
    4. Reattach chrome piece.
    5. Buy a Disney mask, and somehow attach the nose mask piece to the front of the Black Series mask – I used plastic welding and loctite putty to fill the gaps.
  3. Chrome piece
    1. Dremel out cheek holes in chrome piece so they are more pronounced and flat
    2. Fill speaker holes on chrome piece with loctite putty
    3. Tape over chrome areas, re-paint black over speaker holes area
  4. Rebuild
    1. Fiberglass the inside of the helmet for rigidity
    2. Sand and bondo the outside of the helmet to fill cracks
    3. Paint outside of helmet in black of your choosing
    4. Add speaker mesh for visor to black plastic (mentioned in 1c) and remove plastic that is not specifically for visor area
    5. Reattach visor
    6. Add foam for cushioning and fit
  5. Electronics
    1. Buy this voice changer
    2. Mount microphone under nose mask (like so)
    3. Buy these helmet fans
    4. Mount fans to inside of helmet and plug in to your portable cell phone charger
  6. Find the last Jedi.

Here’s a gallery of all that action, if you’re interested. Scroll to the last pictures to see the finished Kylo Ren helmet!


Kylo Ren Helmet Build Gallery

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Kylo Ren Helmet – finished:

 

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Let me know what you think in the comments! Did you try this mod? How’d it go for you?


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14 thoughts on “My super-modified Black Series Kylo Ren Helmet!

  • Jacob

    “Mount fans to inside of helmet and plug in to your portable cell phone charger”

    I’m a little confused at this step, what purpose to do the fans/cell phone charger server? Sorry, a little new to all this. Thanks for the helpful guide

    • Super J Post author

      Hey sorry for the late response – just now saw this comment!

      So I mounted small fans to the inside of the helmet to help keep it cool in there. The costume as a whole is really hot, and any way to keep it a little bit cooler is welcomed, hence the addition of fans. So I bought a couple of helmet fans on eBay and installed them to the inside of the the helmet. They are powered by a small Anker battery pack, and it seems to work well. The only downside is that they are loud, so I can’t hear a thing with them on.

      Hope that helps!

      • Jacob

        So I got the voice changer today, but when I turn it on, there’s a massive amount of static and effect noise, to the point to where my voice is almost inaudible. Do I just have a defective model?

        • Super J Post author

          Hey – I think I actually did hear of that happening, that some people received a defective one. Where did you get it from? If it’s Amazon, they have a pretty awesome return / exchange policy. I would seriously try to exchange it to see (hope) you get a good one!

        • Super J Post author

          Also, you might just make sure that it’s a) not turned up too loud b) on the right setting .. I have to push the button 5 times. I know it’s probably not that, but worth mentioning. 🙂 Good luck!

          • Jacob

            I managed to get it to work- the problem was it made the static only when it was charging. Sounds great= thanks again for the great guide!

          • Super J Post author

            Oh awesome!! Glad you didn’t have to send it back in and that it sounds good! Post a video sometime so we all can check it out!

  • StereoMatch

    The voice changer you use is pretty good too. One advantage it will have over android – is that android will have a bit of latency (is an old android issue). iOS/iPhone has lesser audio latency.

  • StereoMatch

    This is a repeat of a comment in your other Kylo Ren post:

    For a Kylo Ren voice, try our Space Villain Voice Changer app on Google Play (android).

    This is not real-time though – and the UI is pretty bad.

    We will try to get a real-time version working also.

    In the meantime, comments on the voice quality are welcome.