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    Jan 6, 2012, 5:29 PM - Thinking of staring the journey of getting a Boba Fett Costume #1

    First of all hi everyone and hope all of you had a great Christmas/New Year.

    I have to start by saying that I have looked everywhere to find a proper Boba Fett costume. The conclusion I came to is, that it doesn't exist. The supreme edition is supposed to be pretty much **** from all accounts and basically the only way to get a proper costume is to make it yourself. I have heard it is expensive and time consuming. Every good source I went to though lead me to this site.

    So before I even think about going on this adventure, I want to know if it is possible to create this costume by simply buying parts of it from the community or stores. I have absolutely no intention of painting or frankly doing anything myself as I suck at this kind of stuff and would rather save my money and buy it finished.

    Do full quality Boba Fett costumes go on sale here or on ebay?

    So basically, if you guys could give me a money quote on how much it would take to get a complete costume without doing things yourself IE paintjobs and such.

    I actually have a goal of joining the 501st legion and that is the quality I am looking for. Originally, I planned on saving up for a stormtrooper costume which I still may do, but the highest quality one I was able to find was around $1500 which was completely ready to go with gun and all(STAR WARS : Costumes and Toys - Star Wars Shop - Star Wars Costumes - Star Wars Toys London, UK). That is a lot of money and if I am going into that price range I figure that I could consider going for a more unique costume of arguably my favorite character in the Star Wars Universe.

    Any advice is appreciated guys!
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    Jan 6, 2012, 7:47 PM - Re: Thinking of staring the journey of getting a Boba Fett Costume #2

    You'll spend waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy yy more than $1500 for a Fett that's completely painted and sized to you. That may get you good parts but great paintjobs are expensive. Its very time consuming. Sizing everything up you is another concern. Even giving a soft parts maker your exact measurements might not make the suit look right on you. You'd have to learn some sewing skills or be prepared to visit a tailor.

    Its fun building a Fett but very expensive and time consuming. Check out the thread here about how much it costs. You can get a better look at how much it will cost for different levels of detail. No matter what you do... even if you go with a TK... stay off E-Bay and starfortressproductions.

    Good Luck!!
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    Jan 6, 2012, 8:37 PM - Re: Thinking of staring the journey of getting a Boba Fett Costume #3

    Yeah, I started mine thinking it would be cheaper than the Stormtrooper from that same shop. I have already spent £300 over that. I have spent £1300 and I did a lot of that on the cheap. Cheap jetpack, wrong colour armour (ROTJ when I'm ESB), cheap belts and a wrong jumpsuit (Same as armour). And I have now found myself with 5 months until the next Comic-Con trying to replace half of my costume with each part reaching into triple digits. You won't be saving any money by buying painted bits. Good paint jobs that you pay for are good for a reason, the people who have painted them have usually spent hours or maybe days spread over months painting them. I bought a cast helmet and painted it myself, then bought a cheap jetpack, sanded the **** paint job and did my own... Loved it and I am going to try and tackle the ESB armour next! So in other words, this hobby sucks the life out of you if you give yourself a deadline like I did and it ends up costing you more money, so my advice would be to Get stuck in, but don't give yourself a deadline, don't rush and just fully research how much things will cost for example for a good set of painted armour you're looking at $500+.

    That's the end of my rant Enjoy!
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    Jan 7, 2012, 8:34 AM - Re: Thinking of staring the journey of getting a Boba Fett Costume #4

    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Just to get it clear, I in no way expected this to be around $1500 was just saying that if I was going to end up going that deep that I might consider saving that money and taking on the goliath task to get one of these costumes.

    I actually found a guy that seems to make absolutely stunning boba fett costumes and emailed him just to get an idea on his price (waiting for a reply)
    bobamaker

    It will take a ton of time and money and I just wanted to get an idea of how things work from you guys . Like I said though, I don't plan on doing much anything myself and if it ends up that I would have to, then I would dismiss the project. I am just not skilled at these type of things and I am sure many of you will say you aren't either(humility). I know my own limits and don't want to end up trying to save a ton of money by doing it myself and end up creating a disaster and scrapping the project with huge sunk costs. Would rather get a concrete price on a finished project and do what I do well and save the money to that goal. Respect all of you guys for your awesome costume building hobby though!
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    Jan 7, 2012, 9:46 AM - Re: Thinking of staring the journey of getting a Boba Fett Costume #5

    Bobamaker is one of the best 'Boba Maker' and he is one trusty guy. You won't go wrong with him.
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    Jan 7, 2012, 10:56 AM - Re: Thinking of staring the journey of getting a Boba Fett Costume #6

    Quote RichardFett said: View Post
    Like I said though, I don't plan on doing much anything myself and if it ends up that I would have to, then I would dismiss the project. I am just not skilled at these type of things and I am sure many of you will say you aren't either(humility).
    Richard, you're right about the skill level of many of the people on this board, and before anybody gets worked up about me calling them unskilled, hang on, because that's not what I mean: it's rare to find a person who has the skills or resources to complete a head-to-toe Boba Fett costume on their own. Some people may be great with a sewing machine but have no painting skills, or they may have great modelling skill to complete things like the blaster, but be clueless when it comes to metalwork. Perhaps they don't have a vacuum table so they can't form the armor on their own. What's so great about this forum is that there are people who are absolute experts in each of these arenas, so if you find yourself in need of parts, or just advice, there are many fantastic people here who are ready and willing. There is no way I could have completed my Fett without the input and expertise of the fine folks on this forum to fill in the gaps in my skills, and it was a great feeling to know that with the guidance of innumerable people on TDH, my skills in a lot of costuming areas that I previously knew little or nothing about grew while working on my Fett.

    I encourage you to buy finished parts for the areas of your costume where you lack the skills or resources, and you won't find better Fett-part-makers than on TDH, but I think you'll likely find that even with the parts that you buy "finished," you'll end up tweaking things here and there, and to be honest, that's really where this hobby is the most rewarding. I've bought parts in kit form, and "readymade," but the ones I'm most happy and proud of are the ones I've toiled over myself. You might surprise yourself at what you can do - I for example, had no electrical skill and had never even touched a soldering iron until some needed wiring repairs to my jetpack beacon light forced me to take a crack at it. Also, even if your costume is "finished," now, it may not be as time passes: people discover new details and quirks about the various Fett costumes all the time - there's always something to upgrade! To use myself as an example, my ESB Boba was 501st approved last week and I already have a list of three or four things that I'm going to need to work on.

    To add to that, if you intend to troop in the costume, you'll probably find yourself making changes to make it more wearable as well. The Tie Fighter pilot costume that I've been trooping in for about a year now has undergone numerous small modifications over time that I would only have known to making after wearing it for a while (I've done things like adding stirrups to keep my pants from sliding out of my boots and bunching around my knees, and exchanged the buttons on my shoulder armour for Chicago screws because those pesky buttons kept popping open everytime I twisted my upper body. I even went so far as to replace the entire flightsuit for one with expanding shoulders because after waking up the day after many a troop with an aching, stiff upper body, I really wanted the extra comfort and mobiilty). I'm sure after I wear my Fett a few times I'll be making "personal wearability" tweaks to it as well.
    Last edited by Markus Fett; Jan 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM.
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    Jan 7, 2012, 11:11 AM - Re: Thinking of staring the journey of getting a Boba Fett Costume #7

    Could I also add that if your aim is to join the 501st (as is mine when I finish my snowtrooper) check with someone if you are planning on buying a complete stormtrooper from anyone.
    I am not sure but I seem to think that the complete stormtrooper from that store needs work before it is 501st acceptable.

    You will find this hobby addictive, I now have a complete snowtrooper in bits, I am collecting tie pilot parts, not got many more to get now until that one is complete, I have most of a tusken raider built and I am also collecting fett parts for an ESB fett.

    Good luck

    Craig
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    Jan 7, 2012, 12:52 PM - #8

    I bought a ton of bobamaker products expect to spend money he is pricey but well worth it when it comes to the final product
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    Jan 7, 2012, 1:05 PM - Re: Thinking of staring the journey of getting a Boba Fett Costume #9

    Also, DO NOT buy your Stormtrooper costume from the site you liked. It's absolute rubbish and way overpriced compared to what's out there on http://forum.whitearmour.net

    Good luck with your Fett build. It's a blast!
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    Jan 7, 2012, 4:17 PM - Re: Thinking of staring the journey of getting a Boba Fett Costume #10

    I commissioned BM to make my ESB. I don't mind paying his price because of the quality of product he produces is well worth the money. I too am like you and do not have any applicable skills for costume making.


    It is going to be expensive, but if you are willing to shell out the funds, it will be well worth it.
    Last edited by Rasputin; Jan 7, 2012 at 4:21 PM. Reason: Wow, my original post sounded stupid.
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    Jan 7, 2012, 7:21 PM - Re: Thinking of staring the journey of getting a Boba Fett Costume #11

    Quote Markus Fett said: View Post
    Richard, you're right about the skill level of many of the people on this board, and before anybody gets worked up about me calling them unskilled, hang on, because that's not what I mean: it's rare to find a person who has the skills or resources to complete a head-to-toe Boba Fett costume on their own. Some people may be great with a sewing machine but have no painting skills, or they may have great modelling skill to complete things like the blaster, but be clueless when it comes to metalwork. Perhaps they don't have a vacuum table so they can't form the armor on their own. What's so great about this forum is that there are people who are absolute experts in each of these arenas, so if you find yourself in need of parts, or just advice, there are many fantastic people here who are ready and willing. There is no way I could have completed my Fett without the input and expertise of the fine folks on this forum to fill in the gaps in my skills, and it was a great feeling to know that with the guidance of innumerable people on TDH, my skills in a lot of costuming areas that I previously knew little or nothing about grew while working on my Fett.

    I encourage you to buy finished parts for the areas of your costume where you lack the skills or resources, and you won't find better Fett-part-makers than on TDH, but I think you'll likely find that even with the parts that you buy "finished," you'll end up tweaking things here and there, and to be honest, that's really where this hobby is the most rewarding. I've bought parts in kit form, and "readymade," but the ones I'm most happy and proud of are the ones I've toiled over myself. You might surprise yourself at what you can do - I for example, had no electrical skill and had never even touched a soldering iron until some needed wiring repairs to my jetpack beacon light forced me to take a crack at it. Also, even if your costume is "finished," now, it may not be as time passes: people discover new details and quirks about the various Fett costumes all the time - there's always something to upgrade! To use myself as an example, my ESB Boba was 501st approved last week and I already have a list of three or four things that I'm going to need to work on.

    To add to that, if you intend to troop in the costume, you'll probably find yourself making changes to make it more wearable as well. The Tie Fighter pilot costume that I've been trooping in for about a year now has undergone numerous small modifications over time that I would only have known to making after wearing it for a while (I've done things like adding stirrups to keep my pants from sliding out of my boots and bunching around my knees, and exchanged the buttons on my shoulder armour for Chicago screws because those pesky buttons kept popping open everytime I twisted my upper body. I even went so far as to replace the entire flightsuit for one with expanding shoulders because after waking up the day after many a troop with an aching, stiff upper body, I really wanted the extra comfort and mobiilty). I'm sure after I wear my Fett a few times I'll be making "personal wearability" tweaks to it as well.
    Thanks for the great reply man. I agree with a lot of your points, I have surprised myself with things I do not normally do when I get the motivation to do it and that includes things with tools and such. I am sure if I took on this task I would end up getting a bit creative, but the main point is that I will not be making the product myself or doing the paint/sand papering work. Once the product comes finished though, careful modifications are possible for sure! I mean the most I have really done in terms of building stuff is my own computer and maybe a few creative projects here and there but nothing like this.

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