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As you read this, Star Wars Celebration Europe has ended. The biggest Star Wars event of the year has wrapped, secrets were revealed and we all collectively geeked out over the latest news coming from Lucasfilm and Star Wars.
Now, I was not able to attend Celebration Europe. I’m sure the majority of the people reading this were not able to attend either. Even though we couldn’t be there, the fans and Lucasfilm have done a fantastic job of making sure that we all felt like we were included. Ever since my first Celebration, I’ve tried to follow the idea of “No fan left behind.” An idea that I will try to share my experiences and what I’ve seen with those who could not make it. Lucasfilm’s fantastic coverage through StarWars.com and social media has helped with keeping all fans involved.
Attending an event like Celebration, it’s simply impossible to see everything. The online coverage helps those of us at home and those who couldn’t make it to everything on the convention floor. Continue reading
Riley was fortunate enough to make it in time for the Mark Hamill Q&A Panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe. Not only was he able to get some pictures, he also heard some hilarious tales.
After getting funneled in amongst throngs of passionate Star Wars fans at the Excell center, London, I found myself seated in the presence of Luke Skywalker himself.
The panel was more of a casual conversation than a Q&A. Being there was like listening to your funny, endearing uncle tell stories your parents never would about your family. The following are some highlights of Mark’s incredible tales as told from the Star Wars Celebration Stage. -Riley
Some of the questions/answers:
- Episode VIII? He says he is contractually obligated to keep his trap shut. Lol.
- What did he think of the secrecy around Star Wars in general?
- “It can be really annoying and intrusive, you get the call sheets and there’s no names; everybody’s got a number! You’re number 11, you’re 33. You look at the call sheet and wonder who’s working, and go ‘I really loved number 22’s work. She’s twice as good as 11.’”
- “They’re not doing it to annoy you. They just want the surprise to be in the movie theater, not the internet.”
- What he knew of Arndt’s floating hand opening.
- “What’s her last name?” (Hamill acted like he forgot Rey’s first name.)
- “Rey caught it?! She hasn’t even been to Dagobah for training!” (When discussing if he knew Rey was Force-sensitive.)
- “Is that a gravestone next to you?” He replies; “I don’t know! It looked like a rock to me!“
- He even promises new iconic lines about the force to come before the next trilogy is finished.
And remember, more Star Wars Celebration Europe details will be flooding the web soon enough. Until then enjoy Celebration!
EW’s Anthony Breznican joins us to talk all about Rogue One, and your hosts discuss Celebration Europe, and the fate of the Lucas Museum as well, all this, and more! All on the this week’s episode of the STAR WARS REPORT!
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Last year at this time I had a crazy idea pop in my head that just a mere two months before Celebration Anaheim I wanted to make a new 501st costume. I really wanted to bring some kind of Legion costume to the convention and I didn’t want the hassle of flying with my armor. So I decided to make something that was entirely soft goods that could be folded up and put in my suitcase.
I decided to make a Reserve Pilot/Imperial Crewman costume. Basically, it’s a black jumpsuit, boots, belt and gloves. It’s called a Reserve Pilot, because you have all the costume bits of a TIE Pilot without the helmet or hard armor.
Now, two months is not in any way shape or form a realistic time frame to research, source, plan and build any kind of Legion approvable costume, especially not when you are also trying to finalize a cross country trip. Somehow I managed to get it done. I premiered my Reserve Pilot at Celebration and had a blast. It’s nice to have a costume I can sit down in.
Fast forward to today, and I am finally working on my full and proper TIE Pilot outfit. I ordered the armor and patiently waited a month for it to arrive. The happiest day in any trooper’s life is the day that the Big, Brown Box shows up on your doorstep. It’s also the most intimidating time of the process. I laid out all the pieces to make sure everything was there, and then began to scratch my head and realize that I had no idea what I was doing.
Researching your costume is important. Let me say that again. Researching your costume is important. Especially with armor. Once you cut that plastic it’s very hard to go back and correct a mistake. Most everything is fixable, but you may end up doubling or tripling the amount of work you need to do for one piece. Measure twice, measure again, check your sources, measure one more time, then cut. Most armor makers send things out in a rough cut form. The pieces have been cut down to the point that they will fit in the box. It’s up to you to then trim them down to size. This is where the research comes into play. The various Legion detachment sites are a great tool for research, as well as any of the traveling costume exhibits.
Cutting armor is actually easier than you may think. Most armor is made out of a plastic like ABS or HIPS. These cut pretty well with an exacto knife, lexan plastic shears or a dremel. I prefer to use the exacto knife or shears primarily. A dremel is a great tool and I highly recommend having one if you are working on these type of costumes, but for a lot of the cutting and trimming, I feel like it’s overkill. Plus the smell of melting plastic is awful and it makes a HUGE mess. With an exacto knife you don’t need to cut all the way through the plastic, simply score the plastic, and then you can bend and snap the piece off. It makes for a fairly clean cut. Regardless of the method, you end up with a lot of excess plastic, it’s helpful to keep these. The excess pieces can be useful for fixing things or making plates to attach snaps to.
Once you have your pieces roughly cut you may need an idea of how the different pieces will fit together, I have found that blue painter’s tape is a great option. It’s not so sticky that it will leave a residue.
This is where I am at now, spending my evenings on the couch watching TV and trimming out armor. Slowly but surely it is starting to take shape. One of our larger trooping events is coming up at the end of April and my goal is to have the armor be wearable, not necessarily approved yet by that time. Deadlines are important, but it’s also helpful to make sure they are realistic deadlines.
Next month I should have completed pieces and will be going over fitting and wearing the armor.