Abq More questions for y'all!

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  1. tickywolf Jedi Youngling

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    It was great meeting everyone at the free comic book day and getting some great material, but as always, I still have questions.

    So let's go.

    How much does it cost to costume? How much does storm trooper armour run? How much would a full Vader costume cost? How much time does it take to produce a costume? What are some of your occupations? (My editor really wants to know what Vader and the Troopers do for a living.)

    (Vader and the Troopers. Sounds like a rock band.)

    Thanks again.

    -SW
  2. Gecko_Fett Jedi Padawan

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    (Vader and the Troopers. Sounds like a rock band.)

    We are "Billy and the Boingers"!!

    Costumes vary in price from $125.00 up to $2500.00 plus!

    My Stormtrooper cost $550.00 and that was just for the plastic ABS armor. By the time I was done I had spent around $700.00. The other 5 costumes I have I put together for about $200.00 or less!

    As a job goes...I work for the ASRT (American Society Of Radiologic Technologists)as a RT Information Specialist.

    Jess Coffer (I was the dirty Stormtrooper on Saturday!)
  3. tickywolf Jedi Youngling

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    Ah! I was disappointed I didn't get to talk to you, but thanks! :)
  4. Lorithavon Jedi Youngling

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    as gecko said, costumes vary in price... I have four, five if you could my jedi with armor, but that one just uses parts from my jedi costume and storm trooper...

    I'll list my costumes in the order that I finished them

    September 2001
    My jedi costume was the least expensive, running me around $100 minus the boots because I already had the boots I wear with it. I made every thing for my jedi costume, it's just fabric and leather so it's not all that hard...

    October 2003
    next was my x-wing pilot costume, that one ran me about $300 when every thing was said and done...

    October 2004
    Tusken Raider, also about $300 but I still plan on getting a Totokia so i can make a real gaffi stick so it's going to go up about another 80 or so with the gaffi...

    May 2005
    Storm trooper the most pricey of the lot, but I spent only $450 on the "armor" part, and some where around 250 or so for the rest of what you need to make the armor complete... shoes, black under suit, gloves, and a neck seal.

    I work at aiken printing, where I do all the digital pre-press there as well as all the typesetting and graphic design. I also do freelance graphic design and web pages.

    and if you haven't seen these websites check out

    Rebel Legion

    501st

    most of us that were there in "costume" belong to one or both groups

    by the way I was the stormtrooper with the bright red hair

    -lor
  5. tickywolf Jedi Youngling

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  6. BrotherHalo RSA Emeritus and Heckler

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    Hi Sarah!

    Sorry I didn't get there in time for you to see my costume, or my boys!

    I only have one costume, the Biker Scout armor. The plastic pieces together cost me $120, but it was all untrimmed or sanded. I had to do the trimming and sanding to get the pieces to their proper proportion and wearable. The chest, back/hump, elbow, biceps, shoulders, belt, thighboxes, and knee pieces came together and I had to get everything else separately: helmet, flight suit, holster, blaster, gloves, balaclava, and boots. My wife sewed the cummerbund and pouches so there was only the cost of materials for that.

    Altogether, my wife and I put in probably about 50 hours (more or less) and about $300 into it. It only took so long because of the methodical patience I had in putting it together. Of course, that time was spread out over 4 months. I know of other Biker Scouts that have put less and more money into their costumes. You tend to find those people who go for the "most accurate" tend to spend a lot on their costumes.

    For a living, I am an E-Commerce Website manager for a local company. I manage 4 e-commerce websites as well as performing technical and network support duties for my company. I do have two B.S. Degrees from New Mexico Tech as well.


    I'm glad you had a chance to stop by and see us this past weekend. We would also welcome you and your fiance into our group if you are ever interested!

    - Bob Tyrrell
  7. Outpour Jedi Youngling

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    'lo there sarah.. I did not attend the comic book day event you refered to as I live up in Farmington.

    I own a stormtrooper costume though, which is in the process of being converted to a sandtrooper, and working on a royal guard costume, which should be complete before EP3 release.

    My stormtrooper costume ended up costing around 800 dollars though only 550 or so was the armor itself. The rest was for neckseal, undersuit, boots gloves, voice amp etc. I've invested alot of time recently into it to get it tolerable for EP3 (sitdownable in).

    Costuming is an extremely rewarding experience. I just can't wait to show off all the effort i've put into my trooper and royal guard costume. As I am still in highschool and don't have a full time job money has been a problem for me in my endeavors. I've really learned to use what I have lying around and scavange around town (even in dumpsters) for items I need.

  8. ObeyTheFist Jedi Padawan

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    I'm glad you had a chance to stop by and see us this past weekend. We would also welcome you and your fiance into our group if you are ever interested!


    like our BBQ this weekend!

    Wasn't there this weekend and I don't really costume like these guys do(though I am working on my 2nd sith costume - costs around 100 bucks after everything). Giving my job anyways, district manager for a religious goods store chain.
  9. Bloodclaw65 Jedi Youngling

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    What! a religious goods store chain? [face_thinking]
  10. ObeyTheFist Jedi Padawan

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    we have 2 stores in town - its a chain! yeah I know a shocker for a heretic like me.
  11. nmfiredawg Jedi Knight

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    I only have one costume, and it cost way too much. Let's just say what Jess said about being 2500 plus, and leave it at that. Good number.

    As for what I do, nothing, notta.. I am a Lt/Paramedic with KAFB Fire Department.

    Lord Vader (The Diva)
  12. tickywolf Jedi Youngling

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    Actually, Adam and I are going to be fleeing to Hawaii on Thursday for a long-awaited vacation, so we can't come to the BBQ. Thanks for the invite, though. :)
  13. DarthBrian Jedi Master

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    tickywolf posted on 5/9/05 6:03pm


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    No layover at the San Diego airport huh? :p/>/>
  14. tickywolf Jedi Youngling

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    Phoenix on the way out and LAX/Denver on the way back.

    Sorry, buddy. :p
  15. TK166 Jedi Padawan

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    Hi, Sarah!
    This is Ken, the other clean Stormtrooper you talked to. I have the same info on the Stormtrooper armor as was reported above... took me about three months to complete, but I wired fans, a voice-amp and microphone into the helmet and did a lot of metal modifications to the E-11 Stormtrooper blaster (added a new barrel, a working folding stock, metal ammo clip, etc.)

    I work at Intel as a webpage developer/software engineer and I also own a sword and prop collectibles business (www.bladeseller.com)

    Have fun in Hawaii!
  16. tickywolf Jedi Youngling

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    I want to thank everyone again for the help with this article. I'm sorry to say that not everyone I talked to made it in the final product, and for that I apologize. Space constraints suck. :(

    Again (because I can't do it enough), thank you!
  17. BrotherHalo RSA Emeritus and Heckler

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    We're just glad to see Star Wars make it in there. Of course you can't fit everything, but we're glad that we could help. Actually, so long as my name is mentioned, it doesn't really matter if anyone else is. ;)

    Just kidding, just kidding! [face_laugh]









    Or am I? o_O

    Hope you have fun in Hawaii!
  18. tickywolf Jedi Youngling

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    Um...

    ...

    Sorry? (I got Michelle in there, swear!)
  19. BrotherHalo RSA Emeritus and Heckler

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    Well, that's what I get for showing up late. Ah well.

    - Bob
  20. tickywolf Jedi Youngling

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    You were great for deep background. Really. Couldn't have done it without you. If this was a book instead of a 20" story, you'd be the first person in the acknowledgements.

    Okay, second, because DarthBrian would kill me otherwise.

    ::waits for DB to kill her anyway::

    Yay, Bob!
  21. BrotherHalo RSA Emeritus and Heckler

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    [face_laugh]

    Well, I'm happy if you were able to use any background info that I sent ya. I can't wait to read the article!
  22. tickywolf Jedi Youngling

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    Friday, Friday, Friday!
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