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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DIY: How to Construct A Metal Helmet (Video Tutorial)

For those #costumers & #cosplayers who like metal, here’s a video tutorial of how to make a metal helmet as presented by David Guyton (who provides templates). This is an advanced type of #costuming that requires experience with metal working technique known as “sinking”:

Sinking, also known as doming, dishing or dapping, is a metalworking technique whereby flat sheet metal is formed into a non-flat object by hammering it into a concave indentation.

LED’s and some knowledge of electronics is also needed.

Rare Spider-Man Costume Found Hidden in Closet for 50 Years

A rare #SpiderMan #costume that was hidden in a NYC closet for 50 years was found! Originally commissioned by #Marvel to a seamstress to be used in a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade along with several other costumes was never seen because the hired actors got drunk the night before the parade and never showed up.

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This very rare costume, believed to have been made circa 1964-1965, was displayed by the table of Roy Thomas, co-creator of Marvel’s Wolverine and Iron Fist, at the Big Apple Con yesterday and will likely be auctioned.

The costume (along with the others created) has a crude, DIY quality and (for some inexplicable reason) a bit off-model with a purple tights. “I can only assume they didn’t give the seamstress enough money,” Roy Thomas joked. The costume had been hidden in one of his closets.

Reference to original article: This rare Spider-Man costume was hidden in a closet for 50 years.

Real-life Costumed Crime-fighter “The Black Widow” Patrols Norfolk, VA

DJ turned real-life #costumed crime-fighter named “The Black Widow” in homemade masked #costume patrols the streets of Norfolk, VA using his martial arts skills. Inspired by Marvel’s character #SpiderMan, this masked avenger (who uses an alias) said he was inspired to take up the role after being bullied as a child. He told one local TV station, “I stopped fights in some of the bars around here. I stopped carjackings in dormant areas. I stopped a woman from being assaulted.”

Among the various types of #costumers, being a real-life #costumed crime-fighter isn’t new, but very uncommon. Good luck to “The Black Widow”.

“Star Wars” Stormtrooper Costumes Banned by Princeton Reunion Committee: Seriously?

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.

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Original article (also linked above) can be found here: http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/1/stormtrooper-costumes-banned-from-star-wars-themed/