Shortage of “Star Wars” Cosplayers for Wedding Appearances

According to the #WallStreetJournal, there’s a shortage of #cosplayers for couples having #StarWars themed weddings. Since the typically most popular #cosplayed characters are #DarthVader & #stormtroopers, the requests for appearances often go to the #501stLegion, the #CostumeClub that specializes in “dark side” & Imperial characters.

With the enormous popularity of the recent “Star Wars” movies, a lot more couples are wanting “Star Wars” themed weddings. This has placed a strain on local chapters of the “501st Legion”, whose members make costumed appearances purely on a voluntary basis and who typically request that a donation be made to a charity for the appearance.

Some local chapters (referred to as garrisons within the 501st Legion) have adopted policies of no longer accepting requests to appear at weddings due to the growing number of such requests, though internal communication regarding these locally-adopted policies does not appear to always be disseminated to all members.

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NY Times Interview with Costume Designer Michael Kaplan on “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi”

The #NYTimes interviewed #costume designer Michael Kaplan, who designed the #costumes for “#StarWars VIII: #TheLastJedi”. Michael Kaplan designed over a thousand costumes for the movie, including the Praetorian Guards, which were his favorites:

Praetorian Guard costumes from “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi”

He also designed costumes for the 1982 #BladeRunner and the 2015 “#StarWars VII: #TheForceAwakens”.

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The Odd Direction for Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” by Disney & LucasFilm

*** Spoilers *** For those who haven’t yet seen “#StarWars VIII: #TheLastJedi”, you may wish to not read this article yet.

The villainous character Kylo Ren was first introduced into the “Star Wars” franchise in the franchise’s seventh film, “The Force Awakens”. In this movie, he is usually seen wearing his now well-known black helmet as depicted below.

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Masked Kylo Ren

Now, here’s where the spoilers start. If you started to read this article, but haven’t yet seen “The Last Jedi”, you should stop here.

While Kylo Ren did show his face a few times in “The Force Awakens”, in “The Last Jedi”, Kylo is verbally punished & ridiculed by Supreme Leader Snoke in his throne room aboard Snoke’s massive ship. When Kylo leaves the throne room, he enters an elevator where he has a temper tantrum (he had several temper tantrums in “The Force Awakens”). During the temper tantrum, he smashes his beloved helmet (which Snoke had criticized) into tiny pieces by slamming it against the elevator’s walls several times.

(While one of the trailers showed Kylo Ren destroying his helmet, the reasons weren’t shown. This was the spoiler that we wanted to warn people about.)

Kylo Ren Holding His Helmet

Kylo Ren holding his helmet in the elevator in the movie “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi” before he destroys it.

Since this scene occurs early in the movie, Kylo Ren is never seen with the helmet on again; he’s only seen with his face.

This appears to be an odd decision by Disney & LucasFilm, which had poured tons of money into marketing Kylo Ren-based products, including costumes and helmet replicas. Most #cosplayers & #costumers who donned a Kylo Ren #costume included what had become his iconic helmet. By destroying the iconic helmet, it’s not clear whether Kylo Ren costumes will remain as popular, especially since the film has had a mixed reaction from fans. Only time will tell.

It will be interesting to see where Disney & LucasFilm go next with Kylo Ren in Episode IX.

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Wil Wheaton Wore a “Star Trek” Costume to See “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Life imitated art Thursday (Dec. 14, 2017) when actor Wil Wheaton wore a #StarTrek #costume to a screening of “#StarWarsVIII: #TheLastJedi”! He also tweeted about it:

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Wil Wheaton dressed in a “Star Trek” costume at a “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” screening.

Wil Wheaton & friends at the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” screening.

Wil Wheaton, who starred as Wesley Crusher in “Star Trek: #TheNextGeneration”, appears as himself regularly in the long-running sitcom #BigBangTheory, in which he did wear a “Star Trek” costume to a screening of “Star Wars VII: #TheForceAwakens”.

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Cosplaying as a Star Wars Vehicle

#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:

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AT-AT:

Another AT-ST:

Child AT-ST:

Imperial Star Destroyer:

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RIP John Mollo, Creator of Iconic “Star Wars” Costumes

#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.

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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.

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Adam Savage Builds C-3PO Backpack for his “Star Wars” Chewbacca Cosplay

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: