INTRODUCTION

For many years, every time a fancy-dress event rolled around, I thought it would be good to go as Boba Fett, by far the coolest Star Wars character (Rachel will back me up on this). But I could never find any costumes – I always left my preparation way too late.

Early on last year, a works quiz night needed all the teams involved to dress up. It was not my idea, but it was decided that our team should all go as Star Wars characters. The original idea was for us to all go as Jedi Knights, but most of us don’t have lightsabers and I didn’t feel like wearing my dressing gown as a Jedi robe. I thought I’d try for the Boba Fett thing again.

thumb1

There are a lot of Star Wars costumes online, so I started looking there. To my surprise, I found a Fett costume for about £50. The costume on the screen didn’t look too bad, so I bought it.

When it arrived in the post, it was a nylon powder-blue rompersuit, open at the back, like a hospital gown (even down to the little bow to hold it shut).

The shoulder guards, knee guards, gauntlets and belt were made of thin rubbery plastic. The body armour and codpiece were made of felt and were already glued in place. The helmet was a thin plastic two-piece mask, and there was no gun or jetpack. Judging by the ‘standard’ size (and unzippability) of these costumes, they are usually worn by 7' Amazonians (who never need to go to the toilet).

thumb2

I couldn’t possibly wear that Boba Fett costume and retain my dignity, so I decided to return it.

Ok, the costume probably wasn't that bad. I'm sure it'd be fine for most people who just want to dress up for a bit of fun. However, I clearly have OCD and I needed a much more accurate costume.

I bought a Stormtrooper costume instead, which was fun, but just wasn’t the same. And yes, I am a little short for a Stormtrooper.

thumb2

After the quiz, I looked on the Internet again and found a pretty reasonable Fett helmet. I bought it, but couldn’t find the rest of the costume anywhere.

Actually, that’s not true. I could have bought a replica of one of the original costumes used in the film, but that was £15,000. The next step down was a pretty good costume (with a not-so-good inflatable jetpack) from a fancy dress site, but that was still nearly £1000. I wasn’t going to spend that on something I’d only wear a few times.

I watched the Star Wars films again, and looked for still shots of Mr Fett on the Internet. I decided that I’d be able to make the costume myself. I had the helmet, so that was a starting point.

thumb3

Note: If, when making this costume, you accidentally drive a Stanley Knife blade into the palm of your hand and can’t stop the bleeding, superglue works well as a suture (those WWII guys knew what they were talking about!). Although when I took myself to A&E the next day, the nurse didn’t find it funny.

NEXT... THE DENTED HELMET

 

INTRO
INTRO
HELMET
HELMET
JUMPSUIT
JUMPSUIT
ARMOUR
ARMOUR
CODPIECE
CODPIECE
GIRTHBELT
GIRTH BELT
BOXBELT
BOX BELT
GUARDS
SHOULDER & KNEE GUARDS
GAUNTLETS
GAUNTLETS
GUN
GUN
SCALPS
WOOKIE SCALPS
CAPE
CAPE
BOOTS
BOOTS
JETPACK
JETPACK
DECALS
DECALS
OUTRO
OUTRO