You don't have to join the Rebels, be best friends with a Wookiee, or make a doomed deal with an Emperor to get your hands on replicas of costumes worn by Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Darth Vader in "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back."
The official "Star Wars" replica costume collection comes from elite nerd costumier Anovos. It premieres with three outfits -- Luke Skywalker's Bespin uniform (with holster), Han Solo's iconic outfit and, later in the summer, Darth Vader's intimidating garb. Replica costumes range in size from small to XXL and are considered unisex.
"Our new 'Star Wars' collection goes way beyond simple costumes," Anovos CEO Joe Salcedo said in a press release. "They're based on the original costume designs and patterns used in the production of these classic movies."
Presales for these licensed wearable replica costumes start on Star Wars Day, May the 4th, beginning with the three outfits from "The Empire Strikes Back." Pieces from the collection will premiere during the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo from April 25 to 27.
Later in the year, under the banner of "Kamino Armor Works," Anovos will expand its collection with armor-based costumes, including bounty hunter Jango Fett's outfit and the Clone Trooper suit from "Star Wars" Revenge of the Sith." The company plans to include wearable armor and costume replicas of Stormtroopers, Biker Scouts, Sandtroopers, and various Clone Trooper styles.
Anovos has also re-created gear from other sci-fi properties, such as "Star Trek," "Battlestar Galactica," and "Ender's Game." But this marks the first time the company has ventured into a galaxy with Sith Lords, Jedi, Clone Troopers, and smugglers who call Wookiees their best friends.
"Entering the 'Star Wars' universe is a dream come true for us," Salcedo said in a press release. "There are no fans more passionate, more excited, and more engaged in wearable fandom than 'Star Wars' fans."