‘Star Wars’ fans boast elaborate attire at annual celebration – Orlando Sentinel

Adam Beasley is quick to admit he isn’t handy, but that didn’t stop him from spending a year designing and crafting a custom costume he wears to “Star Wars” fan events around the country.

Beasley and Ashley Wellons, of Port St. Lucie, built their Mandalorian costumes — a mix of soft parts and metal — by hand out of 14-gauge aluminum.

“It’s a little bit thinner than aircraft sides,” Beasley said. “It’s actually basically the same thickness as you see on a road sign.”

Many of the estimated 55,000 in attendance at the 40th annual Star Wars Celebration this weekend at the Orange County Convention Center donned elaborate handmade costumes, portraying Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Chewbacca and others favorites.

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