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Tactical Gear Company AR500 Made Body Armor That Looks Suspiciously Like Boba Fett's

For the SWAT team member who's still a child at heart.

  • <p>The GalacTec Project from body armor and tactical gear company AR500 was designed by artist Ryan B. Flowers and created in partnership with industry leaders Heckler & Koch, TEA Headsets, Sog Knives & Tools, Armasight, SureFire, Wilcox Industries Corp, and Team Wendy.</p>
  • <p>The intergalactic bounty hunter Boba Fett, as he appeared in the original <em>Star Wars</em> trilogy.</p>
  • <p>A close-up look at AR500's helmet, which owes a lot to the Fett design.</p>
  • <p>Another look at the GalacTec Project body armor.</p>
  • <p>According to <em>Star Wars</em> lore, Boba Fett was a member of a clan-like group called the Mandalorians, who all sported helmets similar to the one that inspired AR500's design, above.</p>
  • <p>The Boba Fett armor was co-designed by legendary <em>Star Wars</em> concept artist Ralph McQuarrie and production designer Joe Johnston (who would later direct <em>Jurassic Park III</em> and <em>Captain America: The First Avenger</em>)</p>
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    The GalacTec Project from body armor and tactical gear company AR500 was designed by artist Ryan B. Flowers and created in partnership with industry leaders Heckler & Koch, TEA Headsets, Sog Knives & Tools, Armasight, SureFire, Wilcox Industries Corp, and Team Wendy.

  • 02 /06 | Boba Fett

    The intergalactic bounty hunter Boba Fett, as he appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy.

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    A close-up look at AR500's helmet, which owes a lot to the Fett design.

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    Another look at the GalacTec Project body armor.

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    According to Star Wars lore, Boba Fett was a member of a clan-like group called the Mandalorians, who all sported helmets similar to the one that inspired AR500's design, above.

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    The Boba Fett armor was co-designed by legendary Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie and production designer Joe Johnston (who would later direct Jurassic Park III and Captain America: The First Avenger)

At this point, there's little Star Wars-themed merchandise that could really surprise us. We've seen everything from soup to coffee creamer to fashionable high-heeled shoes, so it takes something pretty wild to even land on the radar at this point. Enter, of course, Boba Fett-themed tactical body armor.

The tactical gear—known as the GalacTec Project from body armor and tactical gear company AR500—was designed by artist Ryan B. Flowers and created in partnership with industry leaders Heckler & Koch, TEA Headsets, Sog Knives & Tools, Armasight, SureFire, Wilcox Industries Corp, and Team Wendy. And from the familiar T-shaped lenses to the cheek divots on the helmet, the gear does look downright Mandalorian in its design. AR500 promoted the images via Facebook this week, though the actual sales plans for the armor are as yet unclear—presumably, if a consortium of companies wants to rip off a design owned by Disney for profit, they can do it when they've pried the intellectual property from Mickey's cold, dead fingers.

At any rate, the gear is undeniably cool-looking, though the idea of weaponizing cosplay does strike a potentially weird note: If you have sweet, Boba Fett-looking body armor, odds are you're going to look for any opportunity you can to wear it, which may not be great news for the person whose door gets kicked down by someone dressed as an angry bounty hunter. Still, as unexpected Star Wars-themed merchandise goes, actual tactical body armor is a new one on us.

Slideshow Credits: 02 / Photo: courtesy of © LucasFilms;

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