Fans Shell Out Thousands for Daft Punk Helmets

New album is out today

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 21, 2013 2:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – Want to make a few bucks? Figure out how to duplicate the odd, face-covering, sometimes rainbow-lighted helmets worn by the two members of Daft Punk, suggests the Wall Street Journal. There's apparently quite a demand for replicas of the iconic headgear worn by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, particularly since the French electronic music duo released its first album in eight years today. Customers have been known to pay thousands for lookalike helmets sometimes featuring programmable light displays—then again, they're not exactly easy to put together.

Harrison Krix decided to give it a go four years ago, and it took him 17 months to complete a 749-step process involving blueprints, molds, circuit boards, and an auto shop that did the chrome plating. The final result was apparently more than acceptable to fans, because he was able to quit his day job and go into prop-making (although now he sells only helmet-making kits, after an email from a "concerned" Daft Punk rep). Other helmet makers also have scored thousands for their homemade contraptions, and a fan site founder has set up a special forum for would-be buyers and sellers. "People are so desperate for these things that they are willing to wear everyday household buckets," he says.

In this April 17, 2013 photo, Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles.
In this April 17, 2013 photo, Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
In this April 17, 2013 photo, Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles.
In this April 17, 2013 photo, Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows Random Access Memories, the latest release by Daft Punk.
This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows "Random Access Memories," the latest release by Daft Punk.   (AP Photo/Columbia Records)
In this 2010 file photo, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, left, and Thomas Bangalter of the duo Daft Punk arrive at the premiere of the feature film Tron: Legacy in Los Angeles.
In this 2010 file photo, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, left, and Thomas Bangalter of the duo Daft Punk arrive at the premiere of the feature film "Tron: Legacy" in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
In this April 17, 2013 photo, Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles.
In this April 17, 2013 photo, Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
In this April 17, 2013 photo, Thomas Bangalter, right, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles.
In this April 17, 2013 photo, Thomas Bangalter, right, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
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