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From a Noob for aNoob: Re-Telling of my first Troop at Denver Comic Con 2016
For anyone whois new to this site with the end goal of one day wearing this costumeto an event I would like to share with you my first experience. Iarrived at the Denver Comic Con 2016 event at about 10:30AM on Sundayand left at 5:30PM. Through these fun, albeit LONG, hours I was ableto verify for myself many things.
What I learned:
If you put your heart into this, itwill pay off
If you follow the guidance of the proshere on TDH and dedicate your time and effort to be meticulous theresults will cause you to be a celebrity. The costume will have somuch detail that people will not be able to resist mobbing you withquestions and requests for photos. The mere fact that you are BobaFett will draw them in, but the details will keep them there andsolidify you as a badass. In one day at Comic Con I took over 300pictures and handed out 250 business cards. I had long conversationsabout all aspects of my costume from head to toe. Be prepared and beready to have the patience of a celebrity because you will be really,really popular.
Something will absolutely break
Dont be too down on yourselfwhen/if this happens. For me I lost the red dental file (apparentlyvery common) off of my right gauntlet. At the very end of the day,waiting for the elevator, I took a step back to let some people offand I stepped on a stroller, braced myself to prevent a fall andwhacked my flame thrower against the wall. Luckily it only broke atthe glued joints and not a true break. I would suggest that youalways have a spotter that isnt in a costume with you. For me itis my Sister/Manager. She always stayed ahead of me so I could gaugedistance as I stalked around the crowds. This person will also serveas your eyes. Unfortunately for me, my sister had gone to therestroom when I broke my flame thrower. Else, she would have warnedthat a stroller had crept up on me.
It will be HOT
I installed two tiny squirrel cagefans at the corner of the visor that I could control with the flip ofa switch. I also used some rain-x on the inside of the visor torepel fog. Between them both I never fogged up and kept cool andcollected the entire day. When I kept the fan off though I roastedand fogged a bit and the sweat inevitably found its way into my eyes,blurring my vision. Install fans and utilize the rain-x.
My tips for a successful Boba Fett:
- Be the part. Study study study. Watch his scenes and learn his posture. The odds are against us to fully mimic Boba Fett since few of us will be built with Jeremy Bulloch's height and slim build. (I myself am 5'9, weight 200 lbs and have short legs) Boba Fett tilts his chin up and looks through the vertical visor in all of the still shots. This hunch in his neck give his silhouette a beak like appearance kind of like vulture appearance. Be sure to mimic this posture in the pictures and when you speak with people. Refer to the attached pictures on posture and compare to the movie.
- Walk the part. Boba Fett has two types of walks. He has his funeral march as I like to call it while he is escorting Han in carbonate through the white halls. He also has a rushed march when is is following Vader after Han gets tortured. Pay attention also to how he is holding his gun. For the funeral march he holds it down and across his left fist. During his rushed march he holds it almost vertical as if in a military parade march. Pay attention to the arm sway, the exaggerated foot falls, the slow steady exacting pace of his head movement. He is a man of few words and fewer actions because every word and every action has meaning and consequence.
- Sound the part. Study the way he speaks. His draw and the rasp etc. Be mindful not to talk like yourself and always interact as if a pissy irritated bounty hunter is talking. Splice in his few lines into your conversations and interactions. It gets a huge laugh. Hurry up and take the picture, you're no good to me dead, Save that picture and put it in the cargo hold, Hey Boba Fett can I take a picture with you? look them up and down with your motorized range finder then respond as you wish. The line taking long? Suprise the people in front of you with, Move it along I haven't got all day. Many times people would say, Boba Fett, Boba Fett...then I would in turn reply Where? as if I was Han delivering the line in his sarlacc scene. Commit to this and you will be rewarded, I promise!!
- Stay in character. Always maintain character and you will surely create this illusion that you are Boba Fett. This illusion can even overshadow any flaws in your costume or physical differences you and Jeremy Bulloch have.
This build is not 100% and I didn'trealize until too late that my assistant mounted my cape/stud wrongwrong (facepalm) and that I actually attached my yellow braid alittle high as well my left shoulder needs to be higher. I am alsomissing a Nemrod holster/sidearm as well as the photo squeegee shintool. Once I get it all nailed down I will submit to the 501st.
I have an estimated 80-90 hours or sointo this costume. I started my first inquiry Jan 2015 and finishedthe night before Denver Comic Con on the 19th of June. Itis expensive and life gets in the way and I am not really sure of theaverage time it takes to put this costume together but I feel prettygood about it. My first purchase was the helmet and I let it sit fora few months so I think my 80-90 hours was across a year or so.
A few details you cannot see areinstalled fans in my helmet, my working gauntlet light, motorizedrangefinder, working air for the thrusters as well as smoke for thethrusters. The thrusters are lit amber constantly as well as thecenter rocket exhaust. When I hit my air button bright white LEDscome on in the thrusters as well. I am working on compiling all ofmy pictures and videos into a tutorials so video of the jetpack willbe included in there.
Parts List w/Vendors
Armor, Shoulders, Knees: Woodman
Gauntlets: Man of War Studios
Hose: Home Depot aged with coffee
Jetpack: Man of War Studios
Jetpack Harness: Shapeways and strapsmade by me
Jetpack Hooks and Rings: Full MetalFett
Flight Suit, Pouches, Neckseal, FlakVest: Arkady
Cape: Man of War Studios
Girth Belt: Self Made
Gloves: Self Made
Shin Tools: Self made
Boots: Man of War Studios
Toe Spikes: Shapeways
I have attached some pictures. Inaddition to my Boba Fett build I knocked out a Sabine Wren season 2in a week for my daughter to come along with me. That costume isprobably like 80% accurate. I had to take a few shortcuts andcompromises to get it done in time but I think it turned out great. This was truly just an amazing experience for me and I really lookforward to future events. The day we went (Father's Day) really wasa blessing for my daughter and I. Again thank you so much toeveryone on this site. Thank you Art for running this site. Thiswould surely not have happened if you all didn't exist. I hope thispost lends some inspiration for current and future Fetts alike.
Thanks for taking the time to readthis.