In praise of Star Wars Rebels

I'm changing the name of this blog, and #WeWantLeia is why

I spoil it for Siri

Guest Post: How I came back to Star Wars action figures by YASWB

Beatrice and I watch Star Wars together

[Review] William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher 

Star Wars oil painting exhibit "Sandstorm" opens

Breakneck boredom: an old time Star Wars fan's thoughts on Star Trek Into Darkness

They put me on the news to talk about Star Wars

More from Steve Sansweet on Star Wars and gay marriage

Carmine Infantio has died

I can die happy: I've been interviewed by Dungeons & Dragons

Star Wars Episode 7: All My Children?

What JJ Abrams needs to really succeed with Star Wars 7

Star Wars: The Old Republic is gay--on one planet at least

Tongal and Pringles bring us DYI desecration of Star Wars

Reminiscences about West End Games' Star Wars Roleplaying Game

Here's the biggest Star Wars news of 2012

Stephen Quinn interviews me about Star Wars on CBC Vancouver

Star Wars: modern myth or global franchise?

Parents turn child's 1st birthday into extended Lucasfilm/Hasbro advert

Me reading from A Long Time Ago

Highlights and lowlights of the upcoming Star Wars Celebration VI

Grown men (mostly) dressed up as Lando Calrissian

Beggar's Canyon Toys offer Star Wars toy "restoration" service

Blog's t-shirts banned by Zazzle

Will the real David Prowse please stand up?

LaserSaber: Unlicensed, dangerous and yours for only $99

Is this the future of Star Wars?

Is Star Wars link bait?

Dissent not tolerated at the Prequel Appreciation Society

TSOT discovers its nemesis

Comme des idiots: Star Wars teams up with poncy fashion house

US Christian activist attacks SWTOR for being gay

Yodaphone--the latest product pitch from Star Wars Inc.

Attention tortoise-fanciers: do you like Star Wars?

History of Star Wars as related by a bot

Is Star Wars a travesty of science fiction?

Luke Skywalker and company on the Muppet Show

Yoda now shilling instant soup in Japan

Commander who?

$6000 for a toy you can't even play with

Star Wars underwear

Retro Star Wars decor in my son's bedroom

Phantom Menace 3D: Now With Plot

Star Wars and disco: the forgotten love affair

Will Muschamp: What a guy!

Oi, fanboy: grow up! A reply to Darren Franich


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Entries in costumes (14)


Vancouver Star Wars burlesque

And I thought their usual armour was ineffective.Vancouver geek collective Geekenders are mounting an encore performance of their recent burlesque, Star Wars: A Nude Hope. From the blurb:

Been looking for love in Alderaan places? 

We invite you to enter a galaxy a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away with acclaimed fandom theatre troupe Geekenders, who are concentrating their usual pop culture theatre, comedy and burlesque into a randy two-act reboot of a sci-fi classic.

Featuring a cast of twenty-five of Geekenders all-star nerdlesque performers, the event and theatre troupe is pulling out all the stops to ensure a memorable, sexy, nerd-herding night for geeks of all types.

The encore takes place at 8 pm (doors at 7) on 14 December 2013 at the Rio Theatre. Tickets are $20 in advance at or $25 at the door. 19+ only. You're invited to come in costume but I wouldn't recommend it.  

For photos from the previous show, click here (probably NSFW). 


Lucasfilm enters the pet cosplay business

I suppose it was only a matter of time. According to UT San Diego (a newspaper, I think), Lucasfilm (i.e., Disney) and Petco have "joined forces" (groan) to bring the world Star Wars pet costumes.

Dubbed the Star Wars Pet Fans Collection (surely that should say "Star Wars Fans Pet Collection", or are we all to pretend that the pets themselves are fans?), this latest barage of Star-Wars-themed dreck includes a Yoda dog hoodie (with ears, of course), a cat necktie (click here if you don't believe me), and a Princess Leia cat headpiece (caution: not suitable for children, apparently).

You may note the pronounced tendency toward dog and cat costuming. There do not appear to be any costume options for ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits or fish. Perhaps these other pets haven't yet discovered the joys of Star Wars. Or cosplay. Or both.

Says UT San Diego,

Even the staunchest critics of pet costumes may change their minds when they see the new collection of Star Wars products that Petco is rolling out this weekend.

Not this one.

UT San Diego: Star Wars and Petco join forces


Lucas look-alike hailed, then berated, by Phantom Menace moviegoers

Via Laughing Squid: a funny story of how an unconstumed George Lucas look-alike won a costume contest on opening night of The Phantom Menace. The "costume" was a hit before the movie was shown. Afterwards it was less popular.

Dec132012 a bricks & mortar shop dedicated to nothing but Star Wars

A friend of mine alerted me today to the amazing Despite its URLy name, is in fact a real, live, bricks and mortar shop in the London suburb of Northolt, Middlesex (about 30 minutes out of central London by car, according to Google). It is also, of course, an online shop shipping Star Wars costumes, toys, books and more worldwide.

The web site explains: aspires to lead the galaxy in supplying excellent quality Star Wars Replica Costumes, Fancy Dress, Jedi and Sith Robes, Star Wars Toys, Star Wars Collectables, Star Wars Figures, Star Wars Vehicles, Play Sets, Games, Models, Books and many many rare, unique and special Jedi and Sith items.

We operate Online 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a dedicated troop at's base in the United Kingdom and efficiently ship our products Worldwide.

We also operate the - Walk-In Shop in London.

CLICK HERE to view pictures of our Walk-in Shop in London. is for those fans that admire and respect Star Wars culture. Whether you are a new or experienced collector or just wish to purchase a gift, it is our pleasure to serve you.

We price check our stock everyday against all of the best and latest Star Wars collectors buying guides, Star Wars websites, retailers and ebay, to ensure we are the cheapest in the galaxy; guaranteed.

The shop has a massive selection of Star Wars costumes--and alas only one model for them all. I have spared you the shots of him in Slave Leia garb.  Here he is as Han Solo (Star Wars):

And here he is again as Han Solo (Empire):

Here he is as an X-Wing Pilot, complete with voluminous trousers:

Finally, here he is as Obi-Wan Kenobi (sans barbe):

Regular readers of this blog know I'm not into dress-up parties (sorry, "cosplay"), but these costumes are impressive. Also on offer are a variety of costume accessories, from blasters to lightsabers to Emperor Palpatine Patterned Contact Lenses + Free Solution & case.  

I don't know why I should be surprised to learn there's an entire shop dedicated to nothing but Star Wars costumes, toys and collectibles. Goodness knows there's enough merchandise out there to stock the shelves of a shop ten times the size. I just hope Disney doesn't open a shop across the street and drive them out of business. the Star Wars shop


Blogger questioned by police over R2-D2 Halloween costume

Over on Glory Thorpe's 3 Monkeys and a Martini blog, Ms. Thorpe confesses to being married to a Star Wars maniac, raising another, and finding herself under policy scrutiny as a result:

Here in the Monkey House, we like Star Wars. Actually, we're kind of obsessed. And it all started during the brief whirlwind of a courtship between Mr. Martini and I. One night after some, umm, imbibing, Mr. Martini opened the closet and seemingly out of thin air came five full replica light sabers -- the kind that could be a movie prop if you didn't know better. At the time, I could have cared less about Star Wars. That was until my first 2am parking lot light saber battle with the neighbors. I was intrigued.

My intrigue turned to shock when I learned that the handsome, refined, debonair Mr. Martini was in fact the world's biggest Star Wars geek. Upon moving in, I realized that most of the closet space in the apartment was filled with bin upon bin of unopened Star Wars figures, ranging from vintage to brand spanking new. This was not a passing casual interest. Oh no, this was a full on addiction. And apparently that is also a genetic trait passed from father to son in some weird Star Wars transferal during conception.


So it came as no surprise when Silly Monkey said he wanted to be R2D2 for Halloween. And of course there was not a single R2D2 costume in the galaxy that would fit this 3-year-old junkie. So being the enabler that I am, I decided to make one.

It took days, several trips to Office Depot, the hardware store, lots of glue, some power tools, and at least one phone call to the police as another mom at the store watched me gently place my son in a trash can to see if he's fit. As if I was making some kind of sick Silly Monkey casket. Dumbass.

Follow the link to read the rest of the post and see more pictures of this terrific R2-D2 Halloween costume. 

BlogHer: How a Halloween Costume Changed My Life


Clever women's Star Wars costumes

I've said it before: I'm not into "cosplay". But I do get a kick out of clever Star Wars t-shirts, dresses and accessories. EPBOT has a gallery of pictures from the recent Star Wars Celebration VI convention in Orlando showing women sporting funny and, in some cases, quite stylish Star Wars outfits. Follow the link.

EPBOT: The Adorkable Girls of Star Wars Celebration VI


Soldier dad, home from Afghanistan, surprises his son in Star Wars costume


Grown men (mostly) dressed up as Lando Calrissian

Lando Calrissian is easily the most underrated character in Star Wars. How has Anthony Daniels parleyed his prissy C-3PO into a multi-million dollar career while Billy Dee Williams--whose character was a hundred times more intriguing--is doing well to get an invite to Winnipeg for the Central Canada Comic Con? (Oh right, I forgot: Daniels will do anything.)

Here for your viewing pleasure is a collection of photos of grown men (or mostly) dressing up as Lando Calrissian for uncertain purposes. Personally I think dress-up parties--sorry, cosplay gatherings--are mildly insane, but if you've got to do it, consider Lando. Instructions for the costume are right here

It would be easy to make fun of this guy, but I'm not going to. There's something kind of awesome about him.   

It would be easy to make fun of this guy, but I'm slightly afraid of him.

Not sure a Wookie could get his hands around this Lando's neck.

A female, and notably untidy, Lando. By re-posting this photo I may have just blown the internet's mind.

Well he does kind of look like him.

Great costume, great attitude, and he's even doing the pose. Our winner?

Hello, what have we here? Home One, this is Gold Leader.


Stormtrooper motorcycle suit. Yes, really. brings news of a company selling leather stormtrooper motorcyle suits--complete with helmet, gloves and boots. Only CDN$1,165 for the entire outfit.

I really don't get these costume afficiandos--the 501st Legion types, the Slave Leias, and the rest. It's fine for Halloween, but beyond that it makes for a strange hobby. But this is weirder still. Would a grown man really wear a stormtrooper helmet and suit while biking around town? Wouldn't you worry at all that you might look a bit...silly? Star Wars Stormtrooper leather motorcycle suit lets you show imperial allegiance


More nerd nuptials

Another nerd wedding. This video is particularly odd in that the appearance of the best man (0:54) is treated as unremarkable, as though Star Wars characters are always invited to weddings. Or maybe Ernie couldn't afford to rent a tux so wore the nearest thing to it he had in his closet.

You won't want to watch the whole video. Weddings are great for those involved but pretty boring for the rest of us. 

VimeoLouis and Jenny's Wedding - August 2011