Lets not forget the ever rising costs of postage & handling...
Lets not forget the ever rising costs of postage & handling...
For my Jango, which is nearly completed, I’ve got this much so far into it. Some prices are probably off since my memory is falling short these days:
Secondhand BKBT helmet, SGB flightsuit and vest - $330
BKBT armor $350
Cruzer bolo material $100
Cruzer holsters $225
Cruzer back armor $100
Ammo pouches $60
MR blasters $350
MoW Jet Pack $350
Cruzer gauntlets $225
Reinone boots $225
Darkside metal accessories $300
JD knees with darts $50
Nordstrom Gloves $60
Paints, glues, sandpaper, masking tape, elastic, snaps, fans, lights, etc.. $150
Remade new vest myself $25
homemade shin armor $10
Total: $2910 roughly so far with myself doing all the assembly and painting.
Still plan to upgrade: shins, knees, flightsuit, and vest
Last edited by Steelblitz; Jan 30, 2008 at 1:24 AM.
Heyy all, I'm new here but have had many ideas about creating my own Mando armour. It's something that I've wanted to do for a while and I know alot of people have created Boba or Jango replicas I'd like to make an original. I've read this post and come to grips with the expense but obviously it's so worth it.
There's so much I want to do and I'm not very skilled at making these kinda things but want to do it all myself. Is there any tips and advise that people woul give to a first timer like myself?
This seems like a great community and I'm sure I'll get alot of feedback and help from helpful and kind people. Glad to have found the forum and to be part of the community.
Well, after reading some of the prices I've seen posted here, I wanted to chime in so as to not discourage anyone from completing a truly awesome project.
That being said, I spent roughly $1,140.00, excludng my time.
Keep in mind, if you check these posts often enough, you may find some nice pieces at really great prices.
My Boba Fett cost was fairly low, but that does not mean it's garbage. It's defintiely not screen accurate, and does not measure up to many of the extraordinary builds found here, but I love it, it serves it's purpose, and I have been complimented on it many times.
Here is a cost breakdown:
Mannequin - $150.00
Helmet - $95.00
Visor - $20.00
Electronics - $10.00
Armor - $50.00
COD Piece - $50.00
Gauntlets - $110.00
Jet Pack - $250.00
Vest - $5.00
Jumpsuit - $65.00
Boots - $35.00
Cape - $5.00
Blaster - $150.00
Gloves - $5.00
Girth Belt - $10.00
Ammo Pouches - $10.00
Side Pouches - Free! (Karma Post)
Shin Tools - $45.00
Miscellaneous Hardware - $10.00
Paint/Building Supplies - $65.00
Total - $1,140.00
I did get deals on a few items. I got the COD piece, shin tools, jet pack, gauntles, and side pouches from members here. I was able to make the vest cheap becasue I bought the fabric from a craft store and my mom sewed it, same with the cape. The shoes I bought and painted myself, I built the ammo pouches from foam and fabric, the ankle spats were made from leftover material from the jumpsuit, etc, etc, etc. I also painted everything myself with the exception of the COD piece.
And you can see it looks very nice.
I had some very good ideas, how to's, and suggestions in the thread showcasing this build, but for some reason the thread was deleted.
You can see the progress here:
Here is the final result. Good luck!
Updating my Boba up to $3500
Adding my Jango which I put $2500 into it.
Well, I am only just beginning and I have spent over $1200 thus far on my Boba and custom progress for me and my spouse's suits. Adding an RC recently to that just makes it the same as a small college education.
I too am glad I knew what I was getting into before I got into it. I am working on getting something to the wearable phase as soon as possible, from then on out its just a matter of keeping at it.
Very informative post though.
I just recently decided to start a ROTJ Boba Fett. For you beginners I made an excel spread sheet with the following columns and rows:
Producer (Who to get it from)
Aluminum Upgrade (If you want to go that extra expense about $350.00)
MQ1 (for helmet)
Voice Amp (another if ya wanna)
Then I could keep track of each item and it's total cost. If you know how to use excel you can set up the Price, S/H, and Total columns to automatically add them up. This way you keep a running total and stay within you budget. I went about $100.00 over my budget of $3000.00, but I also went with some of the top items. You can go cheaper but remember you will probably want to upgrade so it might be best to hold off, save up, and go for that awesome piece from the get go.
I know I'm a newbie but I found going through this experience right now this seemed to help a lot.
looks pricey....what am i gettin into...bet it's worth it though!
At least 1K USD? (That's 40K PHP...) Looks expensive... Then again I'll mostly be using recycled stuff from school projects... (Paint, cardboard, and the like)
Oh well. You guys mentioned that you wn't really buy all the materials at once, right? Hopefully, I can cram a little more time between homework, studying and video games. (o
Besides, by the time I'm done, which is I'm estimating in four years, or so, I'd be in the right age to join the 501st! (lol, but yeah. I'm 14. 18's the age limit, right?)
@tk9950 : I'm a newb, too. What's S/H?
S/H is shipping and handling
I was ready for the price to be high, but not quite like that. Either way, I'm going to do this, because I have wanted a Fett costume since I was 12. It seems this is going to be a longer term project than I had originally anticipated. I need a good hobby anyway.
This is a great thread for noobs like myself. Now I know I must stop buying all that stuff I didn't really need and save it for this much more important project.
sign me up.
this is awesome thread great to have price ideas and what is needed =)
Well in the end with my full outfit I believe it'll only cost about $200-$300 but only because of my discounts I get from my store and a friends store.8)
Here is my list so far...mind you I haven't spent a dime from selling off old stuff and trading. I think I'm at the end of those good times though. Not much left to sell off/trade so the last few things I don't have yet will have to come out of pocket for real! Still...When it's all done I figure I will spend about a 1/3 of what you would if you started from scratch with nothing to sell/trade in place...
Here you go!
$300?? You must be speaking of the "Rubies Supreme fett" right?? I don't want to discourage you at all, but did you reall all the previous posts? Did you mean $2000-3000 and just forget that last "0" maybe??
I wish you luck on your quest, but I would be surpised if you're anywhere near that number. Please feel free to list your items with their prices so we can follow your progress. Best Of luck.
i quit counting at $1200.
Here is an update...NOTE* I changed some of the amounts to show ACTUAL cost if you don't know how to cut corners and/or trade, etc.
You should probably have b/w 2500 and 4000 dollars ready to do this right depending on your skill level and how much you can do on your own vs. buying straight from vendors.
And I'm sure that I'm still missing a few odds and ends on this list plus failed attempts, materials/supplies, etc.
Since New members don't have access to the Sarlacc Pit when the first register, should this thread get moved to either the intro forum?
Excellent information ESCHO 34, it is really to keep in mind!!!!
Ah, I forgot very good thread, PREDATORMV!!!!!!!!!
Last edited by Rich D.; Nov 24, 2008 at 10:38 AM.
Thanks for the great info guys!! Man, what did I get myself into!!??? Ha ha...
I love the challenge and hunt for the right pieces.. But I also understand the good point about getting a wearable costume ASAP in order not to die in the process. But sometime the cost is higher replacing the pieces afterwards, and perhaps you will not be satisfied with the costume.. So my approach is: Get the right things first and then perhaps spend 10-12 months or perhaps even longer.. I have some other SW costumes, so I dont feel naked in the Boba process ...
Hi, I'm glad you did this thread. I'm quickly finding out myself that these kinds of things cost! Luckily for me I have a friend who is an excellent sewer and she is working with me on designing a custom pattern for my fbody for my flightsuit and vest with built-in neck seal. The material for my flightsuit is already purchashed the fabric for my suit and I need to buy the cotton twill for the vest.I'm spending almost $200 on my bucket (thanks Gypsyboy), and I'm about to start paperboard mock ups on my gauntlets; hopefully if they turn out alright I'm be able to save some $$ there and build them myself (here's hoping).
I'll probably build my upper torso pieces myself as well as my shin guards out of 3mm Sintra. More than likely I'll buy the cod piece and back plate from a seller. Since I'm still in the preliminary stages of putting it all together, I've split my materials list into two separate lists; one for hard pieces and one for soft. I will be building my jet pack later so I'm budgeting for a poncho/cloak getup for now.
Most of my $$ is definitely going into the hard pieces, and don't get me started on the boot as I'm still on the hunt for those. It's so much better to do your homework on something like this before you start. I've received so much advice from the guys in here and over in the Mando Mercs and it's helped make this project easier. Thanks all!