Image of the Day: The actual Darth Vader melted helmet from Return of the Jedi

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Dec 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST (Updated)

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we see the villainous Kylo Ren talking to the mask of Darth Vader, his grandfather and touchstone in all things dark side. But it seems that Kylo has been worshipping the wrong helmet.

Actor David Prowse, who wore the helmet in Star Wars IV-VI,  recently posted a picture to Facebook of the actual melted headgear, the one fished from the pyre in Return of the Jedi

The helmet is in two pieces: a face covering and a head covering. Both have been frayed, which can happen to fiberglass when burned. Between the two, the faceplate looks worse for the wear.

The mask that Kylo keeps with him is in one piece, and it’s melted in a way that makes it resemble a ghostly face. The Force Awakens' faceplate is more menacing. But the one Prowse posted is more authentic. 

For his funeral, Luke had Darth Vader’s body committed to the flame. According to the Star Wars Wookieepedia, Luke held Vader’s funeral pyre alone and separate from the Rebels because he didn’t want anyone celebrating Anakin’s death.

Fans now celebrate his passing with a Darth Vader yule log video