Archive for Costuming

C2E2 2014 – The Anovos Booth


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo hit the Windy City again this past weekend, and ASM once again had a great time!  One of the booths we spent a lot of time at was that of Anovos.  When we had seen pictures appear that showed they had new Star Wars costumes, we knew we had to have a talk.  You see, here at ASM, we love costuming and we love Star Wars costumes.  We have costumes, we are members of the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion, and we have made many great friends through those organizations.

DSC_1029So, now Anovos is going to make high-end Star Wars costumes.  Could they pass the test of being screen accurate and high quality?  Well, if they’re anything like their Star Trek offerings, we figured they would, but we needed to find out.

Folks, I’ll put this as plainly as possible — these costumes are the real deal.  The Bespin Luke looked spot on, and the clone armor?  Oh my God.  I swear it looks better in some ways than the armor I have.

I had a chance to speak with Joe from Anovos and gleaned a little bit of information from him.

  • First off, pricing and release dates are not set in stone for any of the Star Wars costumes.  Your best bet is to go to and sign up for their newsletter.
  • eFX Collectibles still has the lightsaber replica license from Lucasfilm, but both companies are going to try to work together to release costumes and lightsabers at the same time
  • Based on the booth, though, it looks like some blaster props are now licensed to Anovos
  • The armor will come in two versions – a fully completed kit and a ready-to-assemble kit.  This means if you want to put in the effort to get the armor sized to your measurements, you can, but you can also just get the standard kits so you can suit-up immediately.
  • Future clone colors are coming.
  • They’re not quite sure how they’re going to handle clone boots (which, in my experience, are the hardest thing of clone armor to replicate from the fully-digital world).  They might do a rubber-soled slip-on covering which would give you the look of the boot yet give you the stability of a shoe.
  • They are working with the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion to get these costume details right.

I’m totally impressed.  Anovos, if you can hook us up with a tour of your facility, I’d gladly help model your armor.  That and your DS9/Voyager Star Trek costumes, too – I’d love to see how the O’Brien would look on me.  Hope to see that in person at a future convention.

Thanks for the time at C2E2!

See the gallery after the jump. Read more

C2E2 2014 – The Saturday Costumes


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo hit the Windy City again this past weekend, and ASM once again had a great time!  We love costuming here at ASM, but unfortunately we didn’t get to see as many costumes as we would have liked, since we were only at the show on Saturday.  Still, we enjoyed what we saw, and we hope to spend more time at the show next year.  Here are some of our favorites from Saturday.

#NYCC 2013 Friday Pictures – Some Random Costumes

nycc-logo-2013-hiAnthony Brucale, the genius behind TFU.INFO, was at New York Comic Con Friday, taking pictures for us.  Because of the amount of pictures, we’re going to post them in batches rather than have you wait for one long post to load up.

Random Costumes

#NYCC 2013 Thursday Pictures

Thanks to ace reporter Anthony Brucale, the man behind the legendary TF site TFU.INFO, here are pictures from his trip around New York Comic Con 2013 – Day 1.  Be sure to follow his Twitter feed @TFU_INFO (as well as @ASMFeed in case he gets thrown into Twitter Jail) for more pictures tomorrow!

General Pictures of the Building and Show Floor

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Chronicling every TMNT toy made, this display featured a column for each Turtle as well others devoted to villians and allies.

Comic Inspired Car Decos

Part of a pre-NYCC scavenger hunt.  The championship cup was at Valiant’s table.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Transformers and Star Wars Prints and Third Party Figures

The final two prints are by Acid Free Designs.  Word from their booth is that they are working on new Voltron products as well as more Transformers products.

Rocky and Other Random Display Pieces

People and Costumes

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2013 – The Stuff We Wished We Saw

As mentioned in our previous Chicago Comic Con gallery article, there was a lot that we felt we missed this year at the con.  Well, thanks to Jerry Milani and the other fine folks at Wizard, we were provided some images that their staff photographers took.  After looking through them, here are some of the best things that I personally wish we had seen.  A bunch of pictures, so they’re hidden behind the jump. Read more

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Joliet Public Library’s Fourth Annual “Star Wars” Day This Saturday

Image via Joliet Public Library

Image via Joliet Public Library

If you’re around northern Illinois this weekend, head over to Joliet, IL as the Joliet Public Library presents its fourth annual Star Wars Day!   From 10:00am to 4:00pm, you can experience sights and sounds from that galaxy far, far away as the city of Joliet, the staff of the Joliet Public Library, local businesses, and members of the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion join together to provide Star Wars-themed fun for the public.  This event is free, and there will be costumes, fan-made props, pictures, and events for all to enjoy. Read more

C2E2 2013 Final Round-Up, Best Costumes, and Post-Convention Thoughts

Another C2E2 has come and gone, and with it comes the long wait for it to return. This was the fourth iteration of the spring Chicago convention, and it has grown exponentially since 2010. I remember going to the first one in 2010 and easily needing less than a day to see everything. Fast forward three years, and we now spend a weekend at the show. It now feels like there’s always something that we have to miss when we leave on Sunday.

Hit the jump to see our final thoughts and the best of the costumes! Read more

C2E2 2013 – Saturday Costumes Impress Us

C2E2-Logo-Horizontal-Hi-ResAfter being surprised at the smaller costuming contingent at C2E2 on Friday, we hoped Saturday would bring us more costumes.

We were not disappointed. Hit the jump to see a bunch of pictures, or head to our full Saturday Costumes Gallery! Read more

C2E2 2013 – The Anovos Productions Booth

ANOVOS Productions, makers of high quality costumes, props and items from Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and more, once again had a booth on display at C2E2. In addition to display items, they were also selling Star Trek ties, Galactica pins, and other items in conjunction with their sister company, The Novo Geek. Take a look at the pictures below!

You can find all our C2E2 2013 pictures in our Main Gallery! Also check out our other C2E2 2013 Coverage!

C2E2 2013 Coverage – The Hunger Games Costume Tour


As part of C2E2 2013, Blacksparrow Auctions brought the travelling tour of costumes from The Hunger Games. On display were costumes worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and more!  You can find pictures below and more in our The Hunger Games Display gallery!

You can find all our C2E2 2013 pictures in our Main Gallery!