When I was a kid, being a comic-book geek could get you bullied. But comic-book superheroes have become quite mainstream. And now, for those of us who love our superheroes but love our motorcycles too, HJC is releasing a line of officially licensed Marvel helmets.
This May, you can get your biker geek on with your favorite superhero helmet. Choose from Captain American, Iron Man, or The Punisher. The Steve Rogers and Frank Castle helmets are available in sizes XS through 5XL and will retail from $174.99 to $179.99; the Tony Stark model is available from XS to 2XL and will retail from $249.99 to $254.99 (obviously, a lot more tech needed to go into developing the Stark model). And if you don’t know who those people are, then you probably don’t have any business buying one of these helmets.
HJC formed in 1971, and since 1992 has been the number-one helmet maker in North America. From the backs of the helmets, these don’t appear to be Snell-approved, but they certainly are geek-chic-approved.
No word yet on whether other superhero helmets might be in the works, but a few Marvel characters come to mind that would result in some cool helmets. Consider Spider-Man (a red helmet with webbing and the eyes would be very cool), The Thing (orange rock? Show me!), The Hulk (big and green), Ant-Man (who already wears a helmet), and Silver Surfer (a mirror-surface silver helmet would be nuts).
One wonders if DC might get the idea and partner with another helmet company, because a Batman-themed helmet would be pretty awesome. Even a blue helmet with red highlights and yellow trim, and with the Superman’s “S” on the back, would be great. And, come on—The Flash! Red, with wings like on the Captain America helmet, and a yellow lightning bolt down the back. Rorschach from Watchmen? The Martian Manhunter? Heck, I don’t know how you’d do it, but a Wonder Woman helmet with stars and the golden “W” would be neat.
And don’t get me started on non-comic film characters. Just from Star Wars alone, how about Rebel fighter-pilot helmets? Or how about stormtroopers? Biker scouts? Boba Fett? Darth Vader? Kylo Ren? Or, to be silly, Yoda?
To be fair, many of these exist, but for the most part they’re custom jobs. I don’t think anyone is mass-producing such things, at least not as an officially licensed product like the HJC folks are doing with the Marvel helmet. You can find lots of cool customs at www.badasshelmetstore.com.
I’m showing too much of my geek. To learn more, visit www.hjchelmets.com.