How the Clone Wars cosplay craze started
By the end of this month, you will have watched a new generation of Star Wars fans dress up in a variety of costumes inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy.
But the popularity of this new generation hasn’t exactly translated to any real merchandising.
As a result, many of the outfits have been abandoned by the brand and it’s now up to you to make your own custom costumes to make a mark on the history of Star War.
And you won’t be the only one.
“This has been an exciting time for the Clone War community and we’ve had to find a way to maintain some of the older costumes for fans to wear,” said David Crouch, co-owner of VFX and production studio Kix Studios, which created the original Clone Wars.
“As we started the process of putting out a limited run of new designs, it became apparent that we couldn’t maintain the look of the originals for fans who have been waiting for their chance to see these characters on screen.
The designs we made for the limited run were very unique and not very typical of the Clone wars, so we made sure to keep the look as original as possible and create some really great looking outfits for the new generation.”
The original Clone War costumes can be seen below, with the latest ones coming soon.
Kix has worked with many artists over the years to make the costumes look as authentic as possible.
“The characters were originally drawn from our archives and the costumes were made from real costumes that we had in stock from that time,” said Crouch.
“We then took those materials and made the costumes out of real materials, which included PVC, latex, foam, and acrylic.”
And as for what these new costumes look like?
“They are not particularly unique,” said a Kix representative.
“They look very similar to the originals, but the new designs were created with a wider range of materials and a different look.
They have a lot more detail, so it makes it feel more organic and realistic.”
You can check out the latest Star Wars cosplayers at the official Star Wars: Clone Wars website.
KIX has also partnered with Disney to produce an assortment of collectible costumes, as well as merchandise for the upcoming Star Wars Rebels season.
“It’s been amazing to see the amazing reaction to these new designs,” said Kix CEO, Mike Jansen.
“With the Clone Warriors, we wanted to create a range of costumes that could be worn by both young and old fans.
This is a great way to support the new Clone Wars season with unique and unique designs.”