Comic Con Cosplayer Spent $2000 On Homemade Rancor Costume


A Star Wars fan at San Diego Comic Con spent $2000 and a whole year making a costume based on the rancor in Return of the Jedi.

Jeremy Fisher, an animator for Robot Chicken in Los Angeles, spent $2,000 and a whole year making a costume which looks like a slightly smaller version of the rancor from Return of the Jedi (via Vulture). He took the costume to San Diego Comic Con last week, where he spent most of his time posing for pictures with other fans and cosplayers.

The interior of the costume admits Fisher to stand and operate the creature, and is equipped with USB-powered fans to keep him cool. The rancor has some mobility, though we didn’t get to see a good example of its range of motion in the video above.

Fisher’s Instagram is full of photos documenting the lengthy and detailed process behind bringing this rancor to life. Below are a few examples.

First, a video of Fisher covering the rancor’s arms and legs.

A photo of the naked rancor, sans detailing:

Finally, a video of Fisher adding the finishing touches:

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I’m constantly amazed by what Star Wars fans can do. Cosplay is probably one of the most, if not the most expensive occupations a fan can get involved in, and it’s entirely self-sufficient; unless you start a Kickstarter or a GoFundMe and can manage to get a lot of people donating you financial support, every single dollar you put towards a costume comes out of your own pocket. Fisher spent $2,000 on his rancor, but honestly, I’m surprised the total isn’t more, what with all the materials needed to create this monstrosity of a costume.

The best part, though, is it looks like a $2,000 costume, like someone from the Lucasfilm creature shop made it. There is no end to the talents and drive of fans who love their fandom.

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