January 22, 2015

10 Minute Star Wars: The Force Awakens Sith Cosplay

It turns out that snow is good for something. Don't tell anyone I said that.

Nah, I actually don't hate snow. I strongly dislike it, but I recognize that it can be positively beautiful. Just over a week ago we received buckets of snow, and I took advantage of the fact that it was snowy but too cold and went for a long walk at Squire's Castle metro park (yes, there actually is an old castle). When I posted a video of falling snow, some smart folks suggested that all the woods were missing was the mysterious figure/Sith named Kylo Ren holding a trisaber from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. Hmm. I put it in the back of my head, but the snow melted in a couple of days.

I noticed the snow falling steadily yesterday morning and the gears started turning. I knew I had enough pieces in my wardrobe and cosplay arsenal to put together a makeshift The Force Awakens Kylo Ren costume and re-create the snowy forest scene from the trailer. It took me ten minutes to change, 40 minutes in the car to the metro park, and 20 minute outdoors and this happened:

What I'm wearing:
Black long sleeve t-shirt
Black jeans
Black skirt that's asymmetrical and layered - I thought it would make the line of the costume better but just ended up making me look like I'm wearing MC Hammer pants because I had to stuff it into my boot
Black knee high cuffed boots
My dark green-gray Merida cape turned inside out to show the black lining
Black leather gloves
Darth Vader plastic lightsaber

It was tricky to replicate the exact pose and lines of Kylo Ren in the teaser. If I didn't pull the cape in just right, I looked weird. If I didn't put my right leg far enough out, I looked weird. If I tried to crouch over too much, I would fall. But I'm happy with the result. It was a fun way to spend an hour.

A screencap from The Force Awakens teaser for reference:

Yes, my trisaber is more Amy-sized. And yes, it stopped snowing as hard once we got to the park. Of course.

Photo edits:
Obviously the forest isn't that shade of blue at midday so that was altered, and the trisaber was added over the Darth Vader lightsaber I was holding.


  1. Extremely awesome! ^^ I took our snowy opportunity to try and recreate that Pacific Rim concept art of Cherno Alpha stationed at Vladivostok. (Delighted that the Tweet got so much attention! :P)

    But yeah, great work! ^^ And to think; this time next year you may actually have a version of his cross-guard-sabre too! ^^


    1. That toy probably will be out by then. Mind = blown.

  2. This is so cool! Way to make the snow work for you. I love this!

    1. Right? Makes me want to apologize for all the mean things I've said about snow. Kind of.

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