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26 Fantastic Examples of Star Wars Cosplay

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When it comes to cosplay, one of the most common inspirations is Star Wars. And with good reason—it's one of the most iconic, best loved, and immediately recognizable franchises in the world. In preparation for Star Wars Day (May 4th, as in "May the Fourth be with you"), here are some of the greatest, and weirdest, Star Wars costumes ever created.

Unless otherwise stated, all images were taken by me at the San Diego Comic Con or the Wonder Con. You can find more of my convention images at my blog, Rue the Day.

Traditional Costumes

These days, Star Wars costumes are so common at conventions that more and more fans have taken to modifying their cosplay into new and interesting creations. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with a clean, classic Star Wars costume, and here are a few particularly great ones.

1. Leia and Han

You get a lot of Han and Leia couple’s costumes, but these two were really able to sell the passion between the pair. If you want to cosplay as Han, make sure you have his sidekick Wookiee in tow by picking up this talking Chewbacca plush toy from the mental_floss store.

2. Slave Leia

Any convention is bound to have a few Slave Leias. In fact, you’ll sometimes see a large group in one place, like in this delightful picture by Flickr user Courtarro; there's even a PSA about the dangers of Slave Leia fatigue.

3. Classic Leia

There are so many Slave Leias around, that it’s sometimes just refreshing to see a lovely Princess Leia in all of her clothes, like DeviantArt user Ivy95 here.

4. The Early Episodes

While the new Star Wars movies aren’t as popular as the three classics, there are still occasionally cosplayers who find inspiration from episodes one through three. Queen Amidala is a popular choice with the hardcore costume makers because her beautiful dresses are so elaborate.

5. From the TV Show

The Clone Wars have also been building a bit of a following and it’s becoming increasingly common to see characters from the animated show like this Ahsoka Tano.

Kid Costumes

While they tend to not be as accurate as the adult costumes, it’s hard to beat children’s cosplay when it comes to cuteness, and these Padawans are simply precious. (Here's hoping these kids have fun Star Wars-related books like Darth Vader and Son and Darth Vader's Little Princess on their bookshelves at home!)

6. Inside R2

It’s debatable if putting a baby into what is essentially a fashionable stroller really counts as cosplay, but there’s no way I could leave this precious little bundle out of this article.

7. Straight from Hoth

While this AT-ST looks great, the best part of this costume couldn’t actually be captured on film. That’s because his suit actually played the noise the walkers made in the films as this little guy walked the convention floor.

8. Little Leia

As if this dedicated little Leia’s yarn braids and collapsible light saber weren’t cute enough, she even had a plush R2D2 backpack with her.

9. Pet R2-D2

What happens when you make Princess Leia look particularly princess-y and give her an inflatable R2D2 friend? You end up with this adorable angel spotted by Jen at Epbot at Star Wars Celebration VI.

10. Twice as Nice

If you want your prodigies to be as intelligent and fun as C-3PO and R2D2 are, respectively, then it’s never too early to start encouraging such behavior. Makezine’s tutorial on how to make toddler droid dresses can get you started on the path of great parenting.

11. Sand Kid

While most children’s cosplay tends to be pretty adorably inaccurate, Flickr user wardomatic’s son Erza looks pretty darn authentic in this amazing Tusken Raider costume.

Mashups

Because Star Wars costumes are so common and so easily identifiable, mashups have become increasingly common amongst cosplayers. Here are some particularly great examples.

12. Pimp my costume

This Pimp Vader and Fett are an annual fixture at the San Diego Comic Con as well as a few other conventions. And why not? When you make costumes this fun, you might as well get some use out of them.

13. Hunka Burning Trooper

Similarly, the Elvis Trooper on the left here has been attending plenty of conventions in his outfit for years now. In fact, he even has his own website. Like the real King though, Elvis Trooper doesn’t mind impersonators. In fact, when I caught him with a copycat at the SDCC, the two even sang a duet together.

14. Sun Trooper

With its wonderful weather and plenty of tourist-friendly activities, San Diego is a great vacation destination…and even Stormtroopers know it.

15. Hello Leia

Think Slave Leia is sexy? What about Hello Kitty? What if the two were combined, like they were in this costume spotted at Star Wars Celebration VI by Jen of Epbot?

16. Lego Leia

Speaking of unsexy versions of Slave Leia, this Minifig version, photographed by Flickr user insidethemagic, is a bit creepy to all but the most dedicated LEGO fans. Of course, it’s still an amazing and fun costume.

17. Pulp Wars

When I see this Pulp Fiction/Star Wars mashup picture by Tom Pigott, I can’t help but think, “And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my Emperor. And you will know my name is Darth when I lay the Darkside upon thee.”

18. Zombie Stormtrooper

These days, there are zombie versions of every costume imaginable, so it was inevitable that there would be zombie Star Wars characters as well. Then again, given how many Stormtroopers die during the franchise, The Empire would be ripe for a zombie apocalypse.

19. Kiss the Cook

Even the people who still enjoy episodes one through three still hate Jar Jar, so when Chef Darth serves up his head on a platter, everyone around seems thrilled with his cooking skills. You can try your own hand at making Star Wars treats with this cookbook, available in the mental_floss store.

20. Minnie-R2

While Minnie Mouse mixed with Star Wars characters seems odd, it starts to make sense when you remember that the company bought LucasArts—not only that, but this year’s Wonder Con was at the Anaheim convention center—right across the street from Disneyland. And so we have adorable R2-Minnie.

21. Minnie-Trooper

Even before the buyout was announced, the proximity of Star Wars Celebration VI to Epcot still gave this fan an excuse to be a Minnie Trooper, as photographed by Jen of Epbot.

22. At the Ballet

Similarly, ballet doesn’t really seem to fit in perfectly with the Star Wars universe, but it still makes for a fun cosplay opportunity. Here are C-3PO, Han and R2-D2 all ready to pirouette away at Wonder Con.

23. Tutus, Part Two

And Slave Leia and Darth Vader could make up Act II of this bizarre and fantastic ballet, even if they were at a totally different convention—Star Wars Celebration VI, as captured by Jen of Epbot.

24. Playing for the Dark Side

Are you ready for some football? These Miami Dolphins Dark Siders sure were, and I pity the one who tries to tackle Darth.

25. Family Wars

Family Guy created one of the most famous parodies of the franchise, so it’s not too surprising to that characters from the show popped up at Star Wars Celebration VI, and Jen of Epbot photographed the characters right in the perfect pose.

26. This is not a Joke

Because Harley and The Joker are just so crazy and silly, this seemingly odd costume mashup somehow seems right—if the characters were real, they would gladly cosplay as Jedis while trying to take over Gotham, just for fun. This particular image is my favorite of all the photos Jen from Epbot captured during the Star Wars Celebration.

As you may have guessed, this is by no means a full run-down of all the great Star Wars cosplay out there. Even a full website dedicated to the subject would have a hard time capturing all of the costumes from the franchise. Of course, if you know of any other Star Wars cosplay pictures that just can’t be missed, feel free to leave links or pictures in the comments.

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According to the EPA, Americans generate 254 million tons of waste each year. Here are a few things you may have been throwing out that, with a little effort, you can actually recycle.

1. DENTURES

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Grandpa's choppers may hold $25 worth of recyclable metals, including gold, silver, and palladium. The Japan Denture Recycling Association is known to collect false teeth, remove and recycle the metals, and discard the rest of the denture (which is illegal to reuse). The program has donated all of its earnings to UNICEF.

2. HOLIDAY LIGHTS

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Got burnt out holiday lights? The folks at HolidayLEDs.com will gladly take your old lights, shred them, and sort the remaining PVC, glass, and copper. Those raw materials are taken to another recycling center to be resurrected. (In 2011, the State of Minnesota collected and recycled around 100 tons of dead lights.)

3. SEX TOYS

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The first step in recycling your toy is to send it to a specialty processing plant, where it's sterilized and sorted. There, all "mechanical devices" are salvaged, refurbished, and resold. Silicone and rubber toys, on the other hand, are "ground up, mixed with a binding agent, and remolded into new toys," according to the aptly titled website, Sex Toy Recycling. Metals, plastics, and other leftovers retire from the pleasure industry and are recycled into conventional products.

4. HOTEL SOAP

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Not all hotels throw out that half-used soap you left in the shower: Some send it to Clean the World. There, soap is soaked in a sanitizing solution, treated to a steam bath, and then tested for infections. Once deemed safe, the soap is distributed to less fortunate people across the globe. So stop stealing soap from hotels—you may be stealing from charity.

5. MATTRESSES

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You don't need to dump your old box spring at the landfill. Equipped with special saws, mattress recycling factories can separate the wood, metal, foam, and cloth. The metal springs are magnetically removed, the wood is chipped, and the cloth and foam are shredded and baled. In its future life, your saggy mattress can become a summer dress or even wallpaper.

6. COOKING OIL

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When you’re finished making French fries at home, it can be tempting to toss the spent frying oil down the drain. But you shouldn’t—approximately 47 percent of all sewer overflows are caused by fat and oil. There are a few curbside programs in the United States that accept used cooking oil, which may send the oil to a biodiesel plant that will transform it into fuel. To see if there’s a collection point near you, check this website.

7. DIRTY DIAPERS

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The average baby soils 6000 diapers before being potty trained—that's one ton of diapers rotting in a landfill per child. But not all poo-packages have to suffer this fate. The company Knowaste collects and recycles dirty diapers at hospitals, nursing facilities, and public restrooms. After sanitizing the diaper with a solution, they mechanically separate the "organic matter" from the diaper's plastic, which is compressed into pellets and recycled into roof shingles. Meanwhile, paper pulp in diapers grows up to become wallpaper and shoe soles.

8. CDS

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CDs are made of polycarbonate and won't decompose at a landfill. But if you send your discs to The CD Recycling Center, they'll shred them into a fine powder that will be later melted down into a plastic perfect for automotive and building materials—even pavement!

9. SHOES

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Send your beat-up sneaks to Nike Grind and you'll help build a running track. Nike's recycling facility rips apart worn shoes, separating the rubber, foam, and fabric. The rubber is melted down for running track surfaces, the foam is converted into tennis court cushioning, and the fabric is used to pad basketball court floorboards. So far, Nike has shredded more than 28 million pairs of shoes.

10. SHEEP POOP

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Why turn sheep poop into fertilizer or manure when you can make it into an air freshener? The folks at Creative Paper Wales do that, plus more—they can transform sheep poop into birthday cards, wedding invitations, bookmarks, and A4 paper! Sheep dung brims with processed cellulose fiber. The poo can be sterilized in a 420 degree pressure cooker, which separates the fiber from a smelly brew of liquid fertilizer, allowing the fiber pulp to be collected and blended with other recycled pulps, creating tree-free paper.

11. TROPHIES

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Is your room full of plastic bowling trophies from fifth grade? If the thrill of victory fades, you can recycle your old trophies at recycling centers like Lamb Awards. They'll break down your retired awards, melting them down or reusing them for new trophies.

12. HUMAN FAT (WARNING: ILLEGAL)

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If it weren't for legal complications, America's obsession with cosmetic surgery could solve its energy problem. In 2008, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon lost his job when police caught him fueling his car with a biofuel created from his patients' liposuctioned fat. (Convicting him wasn't hard, since he advertised the substance online as "lipodiesel.") That's not the first time fat has powered transportation: In 2007, conservationist Peter Bethune used 2.5 gallons of human fat to fuel his eco-boat, Earthrace.

13. ALUMINUM FOIL

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Foil is probably one of the most thrown away recyclable materials out there. (Americans throw away about 1.5 million tons of aluminum products every year, according to the EPA.) But foil is 100 percent aluminum, and as long as you thoroughly clean it of any food waste, you technically should be able to recycle it with your aluminum cans (but first check with your local recycling plant to ensure they’re equipped to process it; some aren’t).

14. CRAYONS

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Don't toss those stubby Crayolas! Instead, mail them to the National Crayon Recycle Program, which takes unloved, broken crayons to a better place: They're melted in a vat of wax, remade, and resold. So far, the program has saved more than 118,000 pounds of crayons.

15. DEAD PETS

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When Fluffy bites the dust in Germany, you can memorialize your beloved pet by recycling her. In Germany, it's illegal to bury pets in public places. This leaves some pet owners in a bind when their furry friends die. A rendering plant near the town of Neustadt an der Weinstraße accepts deceased pets; animal fat is recycled into glycerin, which is used in cosmetics such as lip balm.

16. SHINGLES

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The EPA estimates that 11 million tons of shingles are disposed each year [PDF]. Most of them are made out of asphalt, which is why more than two dozen states pulverize the old shingles and recycle them into pavement. For every ton of shingles recycled, we save one barrel of oil.

17. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

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You can—and should—properly dispose of expired prescription drugs. But what about unneeded pills that are still good? Some states let you donate unused drugs back to pharmacies. Some charities also accept leftover HIV medicine from Americans who have switched prescriptions, stopped medicating, or passed away. These drugs are shipped overseas and distributed to HIV victims around the world.

18. FISHING LINE

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Fishing line is made from monofilament, a non-biodegradable plastic that you can't put in your everyday recycling bin. At Berkley Fishing, old fishing line is mixed with other recyclables (like milk cartons and plastic bottles) and transformed into fish-friendly habitats. So far, Berkley has saved and recycled more than 9 million miles of fishing line.

19. WINE CORKS

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Your recycling center probably doesn't accept wine corks, but companies like Terracycle and Yemm & Hart will. They turn cork into flat sheets of tile, which you can use for flooring, walls, and veneer. Another company, ReCORK, has extended the life of over 4 million unloved corks by giving them to SOLE, a Canadian sandal maker.

20. PANTYHOSE

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Most pantyhose are made of nylon, a recyclable thermoplastic that takes more than 40 years to decompose. Companies like No Nonsense save your old stockings by grinding them down and transforming them into park benches, playground equipment, carpets, and even toys.

21. TOOTHBRUSHES

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If you buy a plastic toothbrush from Preserve (which makes its toothbrushes from old Stonyfield Farms yogurt cups and other everyday items), it will take back your used toothbrush and give it a new life—this time as a piece of plastic lumber!

22. TENNIS BALLS

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The company reBounces doesn’t really recycle tennis balls, it resurrects them. If you’ve got at least 200 balls sitting around, the company will send you a prepaid shipping label to help get the box on the road and repressurize the balls.

23. YOGA MATS

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Most yoga mats are made from PVC, the same material in plumbing pipes, heavy-duty tarps, and rain boots. While many local yoga studios will accept well-loved mats and find them a new home, the company Sanuk has an appropriately squishy vision for each mat’s future: It will transform your old yoga mat into flip flops.

24. DEFUNCT CURRENCY

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All governments have a way of dealing with old, worn money. (In 2016, the Indian government shredded old bills and turned them into hardboard.) But what about currency that is no longer legal tender? Ends up you can donate your old French francs, Spanish pesetas, or Dutch guilders to Parkinsons UK, who will recycle the old coins and banknotes.

25. PET FUR

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All of the pet fur on your sweaters, your couches, and your carpet could help save the ocean from oil spills. Hair is excellent at sopping up oil from the environment (hairball booms were used to soak up oil from the 2010 BP Oil Spill), so non-profit organizations such as the San Francisco-based Matter of Trust will accept pet fur to make oil-absorbing mats of Fido's fuzz.

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Move Over, Golden Toilet: Now There’s a $100K Louis Vuitton Potty
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In 2016, the Guggenheim Museum installed a one-of-a-kind, fully functional toilet made of solid gold, created by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan just for the museum. Now, there’s another insanely luxurious art-toilet to look out for—and this one you can take home.

Made by artist Illma Gore for the luxury resale platform Tradesy, the Loo-Uis Vuitton Toilet is covered in $15,000 worth of monogram leather ripped from Louis Vuitton bags. Everything but the inside of the bowl—which is gold—is covered in that instantly recognizable brown designer leather. It's one way to show your brand loyalty, for sure.

The toilet is fully functional, meaning, yes, you can poop in it—although that would require you (at some point) to clean the leather undersides of the seat, which sounds … gross. But then again, the leather is brown, so do what you will.

A toilet art piece stands under a pink neon sign that reads ‘No Fake Shit.’
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Does sitting on it feel like using those squishy-soft toilet seats your grandma has? Please let us know, because we don’t have the $100,000 it would take to buy it for ourselves. Note that while the site sells used goods, the description makes sure to specify that this one is new.

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