Want to Work as a Stormtrooper at Disneyland? Auditions on May 24, 2019

Do you think you have what it takes to be a #StarWars #stormtrooper at #Disney’s new “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” land at #Disneyland? The qualifications may surprise you.

Auditions will be held Friday morning at 10 a.m. May 24, 2019, in Downey for performers interested in playing the role of stormtrooper in the new Star Wars land.

  • You must be 5 foot 10 inches to 6 feet tall.
  • You must have a slender to athletic build.
  • “Imaginative improvisation” is a necessity.
  • You need to demonstrate “high energy levels” because the role “requires physical exertion,” according to the audition posting.
  • You have to be able to work in the full-body armor of a stormtrooper.
  • You must be at least 18 years old or a 2019 high school graduate.

Auditions begin at 10 a.m. at the following address:

Onstage Dance Center
11711 Woodruff Ave
Downey, CA 90241




Darth Vader Costume by Original Oscar Award-Winning Designer up for Auction

On Saturday, visitors to the Los Angeles office of #Bonhams, an international auction house, will be able to view a 1979 costume of #StarWars character Darth Vader to be auctioned on May 14, 2019. It is owned by Kermit Bryce Eller, a computer storage engineer from Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was hired from 1977 to 1982 on behalf of the movie’s makers to attend conventions, book parties, marketing events and performing at the Academy Awards dressed as the dark lord. (The costume for auction is not the same one he wore at the Academy Awards.)

Mr. Eller’s costume is notable notable because it was created by John Mollo, who was a British military illustrator and wardrobe consultant who designed the costumes for “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Star Wars IV: A New Hope”.  John Mollo won an Oscar in 1978 for his work in “Star Wars IV: A New Hope”:

The costume is expected to fetch $1,000,000 when it is auctioned.

Mr. Ellis had worn the 1st Darth Vader costume that was given to him by Twentieth Century Fox executives and wore it at multiple functions until it became worn out from his many appearances; so he gave it back to Fox executives. In 1979, Mr. Eller said that he was given a second costume — the one to be auctioned off at Bonhams — based on Darth Vader’s outfit worn in “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back.” Within two years, his appearances became less frequent until they stopped altogether. Mr. Ellis said that he put the suit in its carrying case and stowed it in the garage.

He decided to sell the costume because he has left the character behind. “It’s not doing me any good,” he said. “I think somebody who really wants it should have it.”


Costumes Go Missing at Atlanta Airport

After arriving on a flight from Chicago on March 25, 2019, a #cosplayer’s luggage containing two complete #costumes and part of a third went missing. The cosplayer, Joshua Duart, crafted, sewed and sourced the materials over several years to create the costumes, one of which was signed by Lee Pace, the actor who played the elf king Thranduil in #TheHobbit film series.

Below is a picture of Joshua wearing his hand-made Thranduil costume, which is one of the missing costumes. (The other missing costumes can be seen on Joshua’s Facebook page.)

Thranduil Costume

Cosplayer Joshua Duart wearing his now missing Thranduil costume.

We urge anyone with information on the missing luggage & costumes to contact Joshua Duart, the Atlanta police or Delta Airlines.


Stalker Arrested After Setting Cosplayer’s Car on Fire at Anime Los Angeles

An “obsessed stalker” torched seven cars in an apparent arson targeting a #cosplayer in the parking lot of a hotel where Anime Los Angeles attendees had been staying over the weekend. The incident took place early Sunday morning just before 2am. CCTV footage from the Azure Hotel & Suites in Ontario, California, “showed a man walk up to the main vehicle, pour two cans of gasoline all over it and then [flick] a match on it,” as reported by the hotel manager.

Cosplayer Julia Moreno Jenkins said that her vehicle was “targeted and set on fire by an obsessed stalker.” The fire then spread to nearby cars and the hotel was evacuated as a precaution. The damaged cars were partially melted and charred from the intense heat.

The suspect, which Jenkins said is known to her, has been arrested after she and her husband were able to identify him from the hotel’s CCTV footage.




Original ”Star Wars” Lightsaber Prop & Other Props Being Auctioned

If you’re a #costumer or #cosplayer who has a few hundred thousand dollars laying around, well guess what! The original lightsaber prop that was used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the original 1977 #StarWars film is being auctioned.

The prop, which taught millions of kids to make “zjoom zjoom” noises, is being sold for an estimated value of $150,000 – $200,000 by Hollywood auction house “Profiles in History” as part of a “Blockbuster Hollywood Treasures” auction that includes other items from the “Star Wars” franchise, as well as other classic film franchises as well.

Other items up for auction include:

  • C-3PO’s hands from “Return of the Jedi,” estimated value of $40,000 – $60,000.
  • Imperial Scout Trooper helmet from “Jedi,” estimated value of $100,000 – $150,000.
  • An original “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Stormtrooper helmet signed by Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Hamill, Daisy Ridley and other cast, valued at an estimated $80,000 – $120,000.
  • The green tunic worn by William Shatner’s Captain Kirk in the third season of the original “Star Trek” TV series, estimated to sell for $60,000 – $80,000
  • The leather Jacket, pants and custom Reebok high-top sneakers, plus the Pulse Rifle and Flamethrower props worn by Sigourney Weaver in James Cameron’s “Aliens,” at an estimated sale price of $300,000 – $500,000.
  • Other props being auctioned are from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Terminator 3,” and the “James Bond” film “You Only Live Twice,” among many others.

The auction is from Dec. 11-13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.


RIP Stan Lee

#RIP. We want to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of a comic book legend: Stan Lee, who died earlier today at 95.

While Stan Lee wasn’t a #cosplayer himself, he was the co-creator of many #MarvelComics characters. Literally thousands of #cosplayers & #costumers around the world have worn the #costumes of the characters that Stan Lee helped to create, not to mention the tens of millions of children who have dressed as these characters at Halloween for many many years. These characters include:

  • #BlackPanther
  • #SpiderMan
  • #XMen
  • #Thor (The Mighty Thor)
  • #IronMan
  • #FantasticFour
  • #IncredibleHulk
  • #Daredevil
  • #AntMan
  • #DoctorStrange
  • And many more.

The impact that Stan Lee has had on the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, comic books and cosplay are immeasurable. He will never be forgotten, but he will be deeply missed.

Our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues & his many millions of fans throughout the world, including all of the cosplayers & costumers that he inspired. May he rest in peace.

Stan Lee (1922 – 2018)