I have called this "Boba Doug's Rant" though I doubt that there will be any actual ranting going on. I don't really rant. But it sounded cool.
Why "Boba" Doug? I'm a member of the 501st Legion, which is a world-wide "Star Wars" costuming club. I currently have two costumes registered with the 501st and for the past few months have been working on a dream costume, Boba Fett. "Empire Strikes Back" Boba Fett to be specific (yes there are differences!). Why Boba? I can remember when I was a kid and Kenner released the first Boba Fett action figure. It was shortly before ESB was released, and I remember looking at the figure and the photo on the packaging and just thinking he was the coolest. Everything about his costume is so bad-ass - the armour, the helmet, the jetpack, the flame-thrower, the several blasters. He is a man of mystery and a "bad boy." Completely the opposite of me, which is probably why I've been so attracted to this character for so long.
In spring of 2010, I decided to start assembling a costume despite the many warnings from other Legion members that Boba can be a money pit. They weren't wrong. I decided that since I was going to go through with replicating this costume as best I can, I was going to buy the best pieces available, and make what I could. I haven't kept track of how much I've spent so far, but it's in the hundreds. And it's still not done. Still to go on the checklist:
• sidearm / holster
(plus various electronic components and smaller bits).And if you're wondering, there is an online forum devoted to this costume, put together by other Fett enthusiasts. I've learned a lot about this costume from that site.
On August 28, I got suited up at Fan Expo in Toronto as Boba for the first time, thanks to my friend Matt in Ottawa. Matt loaned me his helmet, armour, jetpack, and blasters. I supplied my own boots and soft parts (jumpsuit, gloves, boots, cape, etc.). Back in the spring I thought that I would have my costume done in time for Fan Expo, but due to a series of unfortunate events, the costume was only about half done. Matt took pity on me because he knew how excited I was about the costume and how my boyhood dreams were crushed when I sent my helmet to California to be painted by someone who claimed to be a professional effects painter. I was expecting "movie accuracy" but I got this:
So you can see the differences, here is a side-by-side comparison with an accurate helmet:
Anyhow, due to Matt's kindness, I was able to live out my fantasy and parade around Fan Expo for an hour on Saturday morning as the mysterious Mr Fett. It was more fun than I thought. I was stopped for photos countless times, and people were very excited to get a photo with Boba. Here are a few pics of me in the suit: