AND FINALLY...

As I was making this costume and when finally I wore it to a Halloween Party, bits of paint kept flaking off and damage was done to various parts. Boba Fett was a bounty hunter (until his stupidest-movie-death ever), and in the films, his costume was never brand new. He always looked a little worse-for-wear, a little battered, with laser/bullet scratches, dents and war-wounds all over his armour. My costume improved as genuine damage was done to it. I’ll have to cause some more damage to the chest armour before I wear it out again, because these parts looked far too tidy.

Building the Jetpack was the most fun part of making this costume, with the most satisfactory result. It was built nearly entirely from recycled parts (milk bottle tops, old cans, old bottles, ice-cream boxes, etc) and finished off the costume perfectly. Sadly, it didn’t actually let me fly.

The gun was the most disappointing bit of the costume – it didn’t really look like the gun used in the films, but it was only a prop. No-one pointed it out, so they coudnt have been that bothered.

There are no hard feelings towards the girl who clearly
didn’t know her sci-fi and thought I was a Power Ranger.



Costs:

I figure that the costume sections (including the helmet) cost me £60, with the paint, Velcro and nuts & bolts costing another £10, bringing the cost of this entire thing to about £70. Sort-of.

Making this costume actually cost considerably more that £70, but only because I was building it from scratch – I bought loads of extra bits that didn’t work out or I didn’t use or need in the end. I’ve still got several of those big coke cans.  That’s part of the reason that I made this DIY manual – if anyone else uses this guide, they’ll be able to just buy what’s needed. The £70 is the cost of the parts I actually used.

Ok, it may not match the version used in the film exactly (which would have cost me £15,000), but it’s a hell of a lot closer than the £50 costume I’d bought originally. Having spent 8 months (on-and-off weekends) building the costume myself was loads of fun, and I was very pleased with the final result.

Many people who saw it wanted to know where I'd managed to find it on the internet and how much it had cost me.


Thanks:

Thanks are due to my parents, whose tendency to hoard provided me with a great deal of the bits I used. I’d have spent a lot more time looking for the extra pieces – the boilersuit, the shoelaces, the chopping board, the gardening gloves… the list goes on. They also need thanks for providing the space for making the costume, ideas, spray painting expertise and extreme amounts of patience.

Also thanks to Jenny, for her enthusiasm.






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I did win a bottle of wine for Best Costume at a local nightclub, but I left it at the next pub I went to.


Update:

I have lots of new pictures with the improved weathered suit, but havent had a chance to put them here.


Hopefully this has been of some interest, even if only for a few ideas.

Sorry about the self-indulgent photo gallery at the end here, but I think they were all pretty good pictures.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please let me know at:

andrew.thomas977@ ntlworld.com


You should also check out this site... I'd love to quit my job and do this kind of thing all the time.

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That's about it. Hope you liked it.



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

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