Star Wars fanatic spends two years and £4,000 to build life-size C-3PO costume
A Star Wars fanatic has spent two years and £4,000 building an out of this world C-3PO costume.
Complete with wires and flashing eyes, Paul Wadley’s specially made brass suit wouldn’t look out of place on the Death Star.
The 49-year-old waited for a year for the hand-made costume to arrive from the USA before spending a further two years modifying it.
Paul admits he turns a lot of heads when he’s out and about as R2D2’s best friend.
Paul, from Ashbourne, Derbys, said: “People go crazy when they see him.
“You don’t often see C-3PO up close so it’s a bit different.
“People get used to seeing Darth Vader or Stormtroopers and they’re much easier costumes to wear.”
Star Wars obsessed Paul, who also owns Darth Vader and Stormtrooper outfits, has to be helped into the suit by wife Sonja Riley.
Once it had arrived, he fitted an electronic voice-altering machine to replicate the humanoid robots distinctive drawl.
Once he had finished modifying the outfit, committed Paul even lost a stone to make it easier to walk around.
Paul said: “It’s like a second skin.
“The helmet fits right up to your face and you can only see through two little eye-holes.
“The vision is very limited.
“I once did three-and-a-half hours in it and it nearly killed me.
“It’s not just a case of just slipping it on, it can take up to three-quarters of an hour – you have to be screwed in to it.
“But I really enjoy the buzz I get from people’s reactions.”
Maintenance engineer Paul usual rolls the costume out at charity events, but is using it to direct customers to Sonja’s new barbers shop.
He started collecting Star Wars toys and costumes when he met former reality TV star Sonja.