Comic-Con 2008: Best Star Wars Costumes

Bonnie Burton | July 31, 2008

When you’re at San Diego Comic-Con, it’s nearly impossible to walk more than a few feet and not run into a fan in costume. Every year the convention center is flooded with various versions of superheroes, video game characters, horror film icons, pirates, steampunk kids, vampires, werewolves, manga and anime favorites, food mascots and of course lots and lots of Star Wars characters. Even though it seemed the Joker costumes dominated the con, the 501st and Rebel Legion were out in full force, as were fans dressed as Yoda, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Jedi and even a couple of TIE Fighters.

Here’s a recap of some of the best costumes we spotted.


Clones! Clones! Clones!
With the highly-anticipated movie and TV show — The Clone Wars — on everyone’s minds, it was the 501st Legion members dressed as clone troopers and stormtroopers who dominated all the photo ops at the Star Wars Pavillion this year. There’s really no way to outdo the 501st when it comes to their impressive body armor and always-in-character demeanor. Nothing beats seeing a kid’s eyes light up when he sees a trooper walking towards him. It just wouldn’t be a proper Comic-Con experience without them. If you want to learn more about the 501st Legion, check out: Inside the Fighting 501st.


Rebel pilots
In addition to the 501st, there’s the Rebel Legion. These guys and gals dress as Jedi, Rebel Pilots, Princesses and even Wookiees, and show up to conventions, charity events and more, much like the 501st. If you’d like to find out more about them, visit the Official Rebel Legion site here.


Ahsoka Tano and Stormtrooper
Thanks to The Clone Wars, little girls everywhere get a new character to dress as for conventions and Halloween. Meet the latest sassy female to hit Star WarsAhsoka Tano.



Chewbacca
Everyone loves a Wookiee! In fact, you stick Chewie in a crowd of bored convention goers, I guarantee he will be swarmed with giddy fans wanting to pose with him for photos. The funny thing is, every single Chewie costume is different. While some have wild, wind-blown hair, others look more like low-rent Walking Carpets. Either way, I’d still rather kiss a Wookiee, or at least hang with one at a Comic-Con after party!


Darth Vader
This fan not only went all out with his Darth Vader costume, he also had some rather gruesome scars and creepy eye contacts to finish the look. He was also one of the few Vaders who happened to be the closest in height to the Darth Lord of the Sith we’re used to seeing on the screen.


Little Darth Vader
Personally, I like my Darth Vaders to be extra short and wearing retro Vans.


Pretty in Pink Princess Vader
Who says the guys should have all the fun dressing as Darth Vader? This was one of the best kids’ costumes of the convention. If Princess Leia went to the dark side, it might look a little like this. Who knew Sith Lords could be so darn cute?!


Slave Leia with Jabba the Hutt
Where there’s a Jabba statue, there are bound to be a few Slave Leias lounging about, offering the ultimate teen boy photo op. Carrie Fisher made this one of the most iconic female costumes in movie history, and now female fans (and oddly sometimes guys and pets) rock it as well.


LEGO Star Wars Darth Maul and Princess Leia
Though these two characters never met in the films, they get to be BFF in the LEGO Star Wars video game, and apparently at Comic-Con, they’re a couple.


Little Anakin
The best part of this costume, was that this young fan refused to smile. He really stayed in character as a rather angry Anakin. He was ready for battle!


TIE Fighters
I have to admit, it’s very rare that I see fans dress as vehicles and ships of Star Wars, but when I do, I get inspired to make my own costume just like these two TIE Fighter getups. The only thing that would make this better is if they had decided to chase down a few Rebel Pilots standing around in the hallways. Maybe next year all the vehicle costumes can reenact a few key Star Wars battles. I get dibs on wearing the Death Star costume!

(All photos by Nicole Love and Bonnie Burton)

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Comic-Con 2008: Fans in Costume

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