#StarWars #costumes & #cosplayers are rather common, but #cosplaying as a “Star War” vehicle is quite different. #Kotaku shared an article about cosplayers who dress up as “Star Wars” vehicles. Common vehicle #cosplays include an AT-AT, AT-ST, Death Star, TIE fighter & more. Below are a few examples:
AT-ST, Millennium Falcon, TIE fighter:
Imperial Star Destroyer:
#RIP: Academy Award winning #costume designer John Mollo has died at 86. He created the iconic #StarWars costumes using Ralph McQuarrie’s iconic concept artwork for the movie.
Some of the most popular #costumes & #cosplays that have been worn for several decades come from #StarWars and were the creation of John Mollo. Working with a meager budget, John Mollo transformed Ralph McQuarrie’s images into wearable costumes. Sometimes he started with stock wardrobe items, sometimes he used last-minute improvisation, including the backpacks worn by the sandtroopers on Tatooine.
For his efforts, John Mollo won the 1978 Academy Award for Best Costume Design. Below is the the presentation of the nominees and John Mollo’s acceptance speech from the 1978 Academy Awards:
Our deepest condolences to the family, friends & fans of John Mollo. May he rest in peace. His work will never be forgotten.
Adam Savage is a huge #StarWars fan & loves to #cosplay as iconic character #Chewbacca. To capture the spirit of #TheEmpireStrikesBack, Adam created a C-3PO backpack similar to what Chewbacca wore before he was able to fully reassemble C-3PO, who had been taken apart on the cloud city of Bespin.
In this YouTube video, Adam Savage shows how he put together the C-3PO backpack, complete with animatronics. The video is over 39 minutes long:
Next, here’s the video that Adam Savage shared a month earlier showing him donning the Chewbacca costume with the C-3PO backpack and wearing it incognito at Silicon Valley Comic Con:
2 months before the previous video, Adam Savage had also upgraded his Chewbacca costume bandolier, which he shared on YouTube in February:
WI: freshman student wearing a masked #StarWars stormtrooper #costume to a public school prompted a school evacuation. The student, wanting to celebrate #MayThe4thBeWithYou (a popular date with “Star Wars” fans to celebrate the franchise due to the date’s similarity to the well-known “May the Force be with you” line that’s often said in the movies) as a way to express his love of the franchise, instead caused a concerned parent to contact police and prompted a school evacuation.
As we have posted multiple times before on our Facebook page, it’s not always appropriate to wear a costume in public. Public schools are an especially inappropriate place to wear a costume due to the emphasis on student and staff safety, and wearing a costume unannounced (especially a masked one), combined with a backpack, can lead to an immediate concern for the safety of the students and staff as it can easily be perceived as being a potential shooter situation.
The parent who observed the freshman student entering a back door of the Ashwaubenon High School and called police did the right thing. The nature of the costume also gave the impression of a possible bullet-proof vest or flak jacket being worn underneath. However, once police and school administrators understood the costumed student’s reason for wearing the costume, they treated it as an honest mistake and the evacuation ended an hour later with students allowed back into the school.
Graduates from #Princeton’s 2012 class will not be allowed to attend a #StarWars-themed party in #Stormtrooper #costumes due to unfounded fears that it will convey a racist message. In other words, one of the most iconic and most recognized science fiction costumes from the “Star Wars” franchise won’t be permitted because the name “stormtrooper” was derived from soldiers so-named from Nazi Germany.
The organizers of the 2012 Princeton graduating class reunion should consider learning that there is a vast difference between “Star Wars” and Nazi Germany. While Nazi Germany committed many heinous crimes against humanity, “Star Wars” is purely science fiction that never happened. Also, while events from World War II were part of the inspiration for “Star Wars” and its characters (as created by George Lucas), there is absolutely no connection between “Star Wars” and any form of past or current racism that occurred any where on the planet Earth.
We are genuinely shocked that a plastic costume worn by characters from science fiction that don’t actually exist and (therefore) never actually harmed anyone, would be banned due to unproven claims of racism caused by these non-existent characters.
Let’s consider other places where individuals wearing “Star Wars” stormtrooper costumes may be seen:
- Since Disney theme parks are now filled with actors wearing stormtrooper costumes of various types, is Disney promoting racism or harming anyone? Absolutely not.
- Are the 10,000+ members of the #501stLegion #CostumeClub (many of which wear stormtrooper costumes) promoting racism or harming anyone while raising millions of dollars for various charities while they’re wearing stormtrooper costumes? Again, absolutely not.
- Are the hundreds of millions of people who have watched one or more “Star Wars” movies or animated TV shows been inspired to be racist because of “Star Wars”? That seems very unlikely.
If the organizers of the 2012 Princeton graduates reunion can prove that wearing a “Star Wars” stormtrooper costume promotes racism, then by all means ban stormtrooper costumes. Just make sure that all Imperial costumes are also banned. In fact, if “Star Wars” is so racist, why have a “Star Wars” themed party to begin with? Take our advice: don’t have a “Star Wars” themed class reunion. In fact, don’t have a theme at all because who knows what other heinous forms of racism weren’t actually ever inspired by other fantasy & science fiction genres.
Original article (also linked above) can be found here: http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/1/stormtrooper-costumes-banned-from-star-wars-themed/
A picture of First Order stormtrooper #costumes from “#StarWarsVIII: #TheLastJedi” has been released & shows that there are some differences in the design from #TheForceAwakens.
The most noticeable difference is in the helmet, which now has a more protruding brow with a line running across it. The nose may also have a sharper line at the fold. The protruding brow is somewhat reminiscent of the death troopers & shoretrooper costumes in “#RogueOne: A #StarWars Story”.
Below is an image of the First Order stormtrooper costume from “The Force Awakens” for comparison. Notice the smooth brow on the helmet, which doesn’t protrude as much.
Below is an image of the death troopers from “Rogue One”:
And the shoretrooper also from “Rogue One”, which has a much more protruding brow: