Hero Mobile Infantry armor and uniform set, from Paul Verhoeven’s cult classic science fiction action film, Starship Troopers. This unique set of kit, has been documented as having being worn by “Johnny Rico”, played by actor Casper Van Dien. The uniform, which was custom-made and tailored for the production by Sony Studios’ art department, is comprised of armor, pants and mixed accessories.
The armor, a set of three pieces, made of dense foam coated in hard rubber, is attached by nylon straps with plastic buckles. Mounted to the armor is a complete infantry assortment of utilities including a chest mounted rations pouch, two ammunition magazine pouches, a dual grenade pouch, a water bottle pouch, and a thigh mounted knife belt housing an aluminum knife insert. The pants, tailored for Casper are also included along with a pair of black suspenders, a slimming black t-shirt and matching gloves.
This particular set of armor, was used during the filming of the Planet P sequences, where Rico rides the back of a massive Tanker bug. Casper is seen blowing a hole in the back of the Tanker, dropping a grenade inside the bug and being knocked off to take cover. Rico takes refuge behind a dead Warrior bug and is subsequently covered in the Tanker bug’s blood, guts, and goo. The orange bug blood, comprised of a mixture of tinted methylcellulose and monster goo can be seen covering Casper Van Dien from head to toe.
The set exhibits normal wear from having been used and worn during the production. Studio blood is also present in some areas in addition to some green bug blood as well. The set was originally retained by a crew member and placed into storage for continuity purposes. The set overall remains in excellent condition for its age and makes for quite a display piece. Two fired Morita rifle rounds found in the grenade pouch are also included.
This item comes with a Hero Prop Certificate of Authenticity.