Halloween Mask Madness, Day 5: Don Post beyond the stars!


By Shawn Robare

It’s day five of the countdown, and I thought I’d take a look at some more Don Post masks with a couple more ads from Starlog.  First up is a 1980 ad for an Empire Strikes Back Yoda mask…

What obviously struck me when I first flipped to this page in the magazine was Yoda’s inner sadness brought out in the sculpt.  Just kidding, it’s the fact that Don Post Studios chose a wonky blue color scheme for the mask.  I know that depending on the print f the film Yoda’s green hue changes a bit, but I can’t imagine that they ever saw anything that went past the mint green spectrum all the way into Smurf territory?!?  There is some concept art that depict Yoda with light blue skin, but at the time he looked completely different, so this is far along enough in the process that they landed on the final on-screen visage that this sort of error seems pretty weird.  I’m wondering now if this is more of an error in the advertisement.  Anyone out there ever come across one of these in person?  Also, there was a Ben Cooper costume that tended towards the light mint green, light blue area as well…

The second ad I wanted to share today is way more screen accurate and features some Don Post E.T. and Dark Crystal masks.  It was originally published in a 1982 issue of Starlog…

Though I’m sure there were other masks in the series, I find it weird that they chose to highlight Aughra and one the little frightened Podling people in stead of say something like a Skeksis or one of the Gelflings, Jen or Kira.  I know Aughra was really striking in the flick, so I guess that’s why.  As far as the E.T. mask goes, I most familiar with this version from the flick Mr. Mom (one of Michael Keaton’s lady-friends is dressed up as E.T. in the trick-or-treating sequence.)

Anyway, come back tomorrow for more mask tomfoolery, and if you’re looking for a ton of Halloween content all through the month of October, make sure to stop on by the official Countdown to Halloween site and check out the list of participating blogs for 2011.  You’ll be glad you did!