Star Wars fandom spans generations and with new movies, video games, books, cartoons and more, parents and kids can find ways to connect now more than ever. Costuming is a huge part of this fandom, group family cosplay being one of the highlights of most comic conventions.
For Gerardo Arellano and his son Michael, playing Star Wars Battlefront was their Star Wars bond. With the EA Dice game’s reboot focusing on multiplayer, it allowed them to team up and enjoy the Star Wars universe together. While playing they noticed a Gonk droid traipsing across the screen. Finding it both hilarious and intriguing, they knew it would be the perfect costume to attempt as a project for Halloween.
Gonks, or GNK-series power droid, are clunky, boxy things that look like they’re assembled out of spare parts, so that’s exactly how Arellano approached it. Using two large storage containers, the bottom was cut out for mobility and a hole cut into the top to ensure air circulation. Using dollar store items like a baking pan, metal screen for cleaning paint rollers, grommets and calculator keys, helped keep costs down. Even nacho cheese container cups were used to detail out the droid’s distinctive parts.
The trickiest part of the outfit was the movement, in order for Michael’s small frame to hold up two heavy crates, Arellano came up with a rig using a backpack with clothesline and carabiner clips that hooked into makeshift plastic brackets on the inside of the crates. That way the ropes could be easily clipped onto four separate points on the backpack relieving the weight on his body.
The weathered look of the droid was created by spraying diluted house paint, and even soy sauce and maple syrup were added to create the effect of hydraulic fluid leaking from a faux bad gasket. Deliciously genius.
Since this was a Halloween costume the most important factor was being able to get candy. A whole was cut in the front with a bag to receive treats and a headlamp was attached for visibility at night.
The whole undertaking took approximately two weeks and it was well worth it. The costume was a hit during Halloween, with people stopping to ask what it was and how it was made. Enthralled onlookers were more than happy to give extra candy to the impressive droid.
Most cosplayers will tell you it starts with your first outfit, then it becomes an obsession. Excited by the reception and the fun of working together, the Arellanos’ are looking into making even more Star Wars outfits, considering a group costume of Emperor Palpatine and red Imperial Royal Guards.
For a closer look at the process of creating this Gonk, take a look at the photos in the gallery below. What do you think of this fun family project? Let me know in the comments and tag @geekandsundry and @justjenn on twitter to show us your own homemade Star Wars cosplay!
Images: Gerardo Arellano, starwars.ea.com