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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ORIGINAL LT. STARBUCK COLONIAL WARRIOR ENSEMBLE (DIRK BENEDICT)

Updated: November 27, 2023

An original Colonial Warrior costume ensemble worn by Dirk Benedict as "Lieutenant Starbuck" in the television series Battlestar Galactica ( ABC, 1978-1979 ). The ensemble includes a brown jacket, tan tunic, tan pants, brown boots, and a helmet.

The tunic is made of moleskin fabric with a velvet texture, and features gold-tone lurex trim around the collar and wrists. The quilted bodice of the tunic is Velcro on the inside with a metal clasp at the neck to fasten the whole piece together. Written in red ink on the inside of the collar are the letters, "D. Benidct." The pants are made of the same material as the tunic. "D. Benidct [sic]" is also written in red ink on the inside of the waistband, as is the number "30" and the name "Giles" in black marker. This assumingly refers to the size of the pants and to the fact that these costume articles were interchangable amongst the cast members playing the crew of the Galactica - so these pants were probably also worn by Larry Manetti as Corporal Giles.

The jacket is made of polyester faux chamois cloth and features suede shoulder guards, a patch on the right shoulder that bears the Galactica insignia, metal button fasteners across the chest, and Galactica crew pins on the collar.

The helmet is constructed of fiberglass painted tan and black with a resin bird crest fastened to the front, and plastic framing by the top and bottom of the face port that originally illuminated during use on the show ( this feature is untested and it is unclear if it is still operational, although minor wiring components are still present ). The interior of the helmet contains "#1" written in red marker. The design of these helmets are reminiscent of Egyptian headpieces, and were worn on the series when the Colonial Warriors went into battle in their Viper starships.

The boots are brown leather SIDI Full Bore boots with adjustable buckles and metal tips at the toes. No size present.

Battlestar Galactica has become a science fiction touchstone since its creation and has spawned half a dozen series and mini-series across five decades. Helmet Measures: 11.5 x 10 x 11.5 inches.

Value: $15,000.


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