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A new discovery about the Discovery Helmets27th May 2011, 05:54 #1This story begins almost exactly a year ago. On June 19th 2010 at 8:41 PM, I saw this small little picture for the first time.
I was really confused by this image, as it depicted a version of the helmets I was not familiar with. At first I thought they were the transition helmets that I had "discovered" quite some time ago, but that didn't make any sense because of the presence of Guy-Man's rainbows, Thomas' ear lights, and other details NOT present on the transition helmets.
Ultimately though I did not have enough reference material to figure out what these helmets were, when exactly they were used, and their features.
But now, thanks to the work of ifcwdjd and his impressive collection of magazine scans, I believe I have made a new .
A few weeks ago ifcwdjd scanned an article from a magazine called Q, that featured some great high resolution photos. Some I had seen before, but smaller, and other I had never seen before. Though most interesting part though, would turn out to be in the article. In the interview the writer described Daft Punk's costumes, and one part in particular stood out to me. As seen on page 58:
Although its pretty common knowledge that Daft Punk's helmets have always undergone some changes during their use, this is the first time I heard anything about a second set of helmets being used in conjunction with the helmets we all all familiar with. Basically, it was my understanding there was only one set of helmets with complex animated displays. I was wrong.
Yesterday ifcwdjd shared with us another magazine scan, from Mixer Magazine. In it, was the source of the image above. And with them, came the of a new breed of Daft Punk helmet...
I call them: The Diet- Helmets.
As you can see, these helmets are IDENTICAL to the other set of helmets, except for one key detail. The areas I have highlighted in yellow bellow have NO LEDs in them, thus allowing Daft Punk a greater range of vision.
In addition, the of these helmets also solved another mystery. That is, the case of Thomas' changing ear LEDs.
As you can see, the ears with two rings of LEDs belongs to the Diet Helmet.
The truth is these helmets have been under our noses this entire time, and can be seen is these well known photos. Notice how the Diet Helmets have considerably less tubes going to their backpacks.
...and many more!
Thanks for reading all, I hope you enjoyed it.
Re: A new discovery about the Discovery Helmets27th May 2011, 06:03 #3
Nice! This is awesome, man - I love this sort of thing. This is really enlightening
Re: A new discovery about the Discovery Helmets27th May 2011, 06:16 #4
Excellent analysis, the narrow LED bar on Thomas' visor and the presence of green "eyes" on Guy-Man's (compared to the earlier, full LED helmets) were always an indicator to me that there were 2 different sets of helmets. One thing I never noticed though is if you look closely at Guy-Man's less complex helmet, you can see some kind of black mesh on the inside of it. I think since because of the lighting effects, they couldn't tint the visors at all, not like the HAA set. So they had to come up with some other way of blocking out their faces while still allowing them to see.
I felt kinda bad for them after reading that Q Magazine article, which explained what they had to do to get into those helmets. They had to powder their hands and probably their necks too since their balaclavas and gloves were rubber, and the helmets and gear (especially on the earlier ones) must have been heavy. They looked darned cool, but jeez, they must have been so uncomfortable underneath.
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Re: A new discovery about the Discovery Helmets27th May 2011, 06:34 #5
I noticed that black mesh as well, which you can't really see in the cropped pictures in my post. I think your hypothesis is correct about the visors being pretty much transparent, in these helmets at least. The mesh probably functions similar to a scrim, preventing light from seeping in but also letting Guy-Man see out.
And yeah, that Q article did go into a lot of detail. Can't really blame them for leaving the outfits behind and going with the suits. Definitely a lot simpler and comfier.
Looks like I am going to have to update my helmet history chart!
Re: A new discovery about the Discovery Helmets27th May 2011, 06:34 #6
At least they never had to actually play live sets in those, those poor boys probably would have collapsed from heat exhaustion.
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Re: A new discovery about the Discovery Helmets27th May 2011, 07:00 #9
Guess they had to do arm molds in addition to their heads. That must have been an interesting day at Alterian, coating Thomas and Guy-Man in plaster.
Kinda an off-topic note, I apologize, if you want to see Tony Gardner and his crew doing makeup work, check out behind the scenes footage from the 1993 movie Freaked, it's pretty cool.
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Re: A new discovery about the Discovery Helmets27th May 2011, 07:40 #10