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In The Force Awakens, prior to interrogating Rey, Kylo Ren removed his helmet. Before he took it off, a small casing in the front of the mask moved upwards.

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Was this some kind of a locking mechanism, or what was the purpose of this function? If it got stuck somehow, would it have been impossible for Kylo to remove the mask?

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    If it got stuck, I guess he’d have to use the power of the dark side to remove his helmet. – Adamant Nov 6 '17 at 7:01
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    @Adamant - Or WD-40. – Valorum Nov 6 '17 at 7:25
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    It's just #RuleOfCool.. – Avenge The Fallen Nov 6 '17 at 7:37
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    Adam Driver has a fairly big nose, so the breathing apparatus in the helmet has to be able to be moved out of the way so that the helmet can come off. – Snow Nov 6 '17 at 7:58
  • An unnecessarily fancy variant of a chin strap, perhaps? – Bob Jan 22 '18 at 17:34

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