In the new Star Wars movie we see Kylo Ren take off his helmet twice. Both times there is a loud "thud" and the camera focuses on the helmet's impact, as if to reinforce that Kylo Ren's helmet is heavy. Unreasonably heavy.

Is there any reason given for the weight of the helmet? As we see in the Star Wars universe, bulky helmets (looking at you Fett), don't do much. Even armour is pretty weak against laser blasters and lightsabers. Kylo Ren's other armour seems pretty lacklustre and light compared to the bulky helmet; barely stopping the three injuries he sustains in The Force Awakens. The weight of the helmet would seem to be a hindrance, at best, in combat.

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    I'm not really sure what answer you could be looking for here. It's made of a heavier material or some components are heavy? Of course the thud could just be the movie being dramatic.
    – user45549
    Feb 8, 2016 at 18:08
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    KR doesn't skip neck day. Feb 8, 2016 at 19:23
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    Voting to leave open. Not sure it's a good question, and the answer might be as simple as "No, no reason.", but the question is clear.
    – Radhil
    Feb 8, 2016 at 19:46
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    I agree that this is in no way unclear. I’d even say it’s a good question. We know for a fact (though I’m not sure what level of canon we’re in) that there is a very specific reason for Darth Vader’s costume and helmet being heavy and oppressive to wear—it’s not far-fetched at all that there should be a reason behind Kylo Ren’s, too. Feb 8, 2016 at 20:39
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    The main purpose of the question is that Kylo Ren could wear a light weight, allumnium helmet with some spay paint but the movies twice makes the audience focus on the weight of helmet. If it was relevant enough for the camera....
    – Lan
    Feb 9, 2016 at 0:52

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Living in the shadow of perhaps the most significant sith of the dark side is a heavy burden. The helmet is an analogy.

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