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May
08

stormtroopers drool, cylons rule

WHO WOULD YOU RATHER BE?

Oh look, another guy dressed as a Stormtrooper! YAWN!  Ok, we get it.  I mean, does anyone even notice Stormtroopers at conventions anymore?  How many thousands of those black and white Michellin-man wannabes are out there?  The first time I saw one it was cool. Maybe even the fourth and twentieth time. But now? Even fans yell “get a life” at these guys.  But when you’re dressed as a Cylon?  Now that’s style.

TWO NERDS AND A GQ COVER

More and more, we’re seeing Cylons grabbing the spotlight, and rightly so!  Galactica’s got the world by the mushies and when people see a couple of those silver studs walk by everyone knows who’s in charge. 

Why be this:

 

When you can be THIS?

I was at the Star Wars  Celebration convention here in LA last year… and you know who stole the show?  Not the cookie-cutter Stormtroopers, has-been Han Solos or fat Leias in bikinis – it was a trio of Cylon Centurions.  Ask anyone who was there, and they’ll tell you – the Cylons pwned the place.  People followed them everywhere they went and flashbulbs glinted off that chrome armor like a disco ball.

You know you’re a rock star when Darth Vader  wants his picture with you!

Of course, finding a Cylon getup can be tricky.  They sell Stormtrooper armor on every street corner, but the chrome pimpsuit (as far as I know) can only be found at one place: Kropserkel.  The place specializes in replica (and original) costumes and props and it looks like they have all kinds of neat stuff but, to be honest, all I’ve ever peeped is their Cylon gear (and it sure is purty – all the Cylon images you see in this post (except the first one, that’s an original) are Kropserkel suits).

Many moons ago, Scott Maple (Kropserkel director), basically just wanted his own Cylon suit but couldn’t find one.  Not satisfied with the cardboard and tin foil approach so many of us have taken, he went the distance and finally managed to come up with the bad-ass reproduction you see here – and he still hasn’t stopped making them!  So, when you’re ready to decide between:

You’ll know where to go…

 

UPDATE:  Here’s video of the Cylons from Celebration 2007…

 

 

 


11 Responses to “stormtroopers drool, cylons rule”


  1. May 16, 2008 at 5:27 am

    Damn, that is cool. But it’s probably way to frakking expensive.

    Then again, if I put myself into debt because of that thing I could become the Cylon hobo…

    Nah.

  2. 2 The Hey
    May 16, 2008 at 8:35 am

    I dunno…..I can TOTALLY see me wearing a cardboard trooper outfit.

    Those guys must be really bad ass if they feel they only need corrugated paper for protection.

    *smerk*

  3. May 16, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    My first post on this site.
    Cool site.

    Too bad, none of us humans can ever put up a costume and become one of the newer Centurion models.

    Unless one is skinny and tall enough… like Kevin Peter Hall or someone.

  4. May 21, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Not to bad mouth Kropserkel, but like Scott I couldn’t own a Cylon that wasn’t accurate. His design not correct (mostly the back pack) I did the only thing a true Cylon fan could, and bought a screen used original Cylon. Now that is what life is about for a true fan that can man up to that task.

  5. 5 Gage Ermin
    June 11, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Re: GoldCylon

    Are you serious? You’re only a “true” fan if you “man up” and buy an original set of Cylon armor for (I presume) many thousands of dollars? Go Frak yourself.

    Maybe you ought to check your ego a tad.

    A lot of the guys with Stormtrooper armor use it for charity work. Can you “man up to that task”?

  6. 6 trooper
    September 22, 2008 at 10:47 am

    “A lot of the guys with Stormtrooper armor use it for charity work. Can you “man up to that task”?”

    amen

    It’s easy to point fingers at Stormtroopers and yell “nerd” while having no clue what they’re about. I recently attended a child’s birthday party with my local group of Stormtroopers. Laugh all you want but for our 15min appearance the family donated $1000 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Now that means something. Not to hate on any Cylon costumers. Just don’t point at someone else and ridicule their hobby when we’re all not that different.

  7. 7 Troopa4Lyfe
    November 24, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Why would you want to be a cylon anyway when you can easly be subdued by a simple phrase “klaatu barada nikto” ?

  8. 8 Perfect Cylon
    April 9, 2009 at 5:05 am

    I have one of the most accurate Cylon suits out there. I am a complete fan of Battlestar but, hacking on the 501st really isn’t cool. I am familiar with them and they do a load of charity work for thier communities while giving all proceeds to great orginazations. If I were not a Cylon, I would certainly consider the 501st!

  9. 9 MSJS
    August 20, 2009 at 7:51 am

    To be honest when you compare the Cylon to these cardboard stormtroopers its pretty easy to say this or this(cylon), there really is no option but the cylon. try showing them beside a proper fan made stormtrooper outfit for a more fairer comparison!

    Dont get me wrong, i love BSG new and old but i’m also a star wars fan also. The 501st are also the largest costuming orginsation who raise a hell of a lot money and awareness for charities.

    Perfect Cylon, check out your local garrison on the legion boards you may very well be able to join up with your Cylon cossie. I know the United Kingdom Garrison has a Reel Icons section where movie/televison character costumes a cleared for trooping/events etc.

  10. 10 Cardboard cylon
    July 6, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Got my bazooka Joe template and made my own cylon costume out of silver posterboard. People line up to get their pictures with me. Not bad fo $30 worth of cardboard!

  11. 11 Jeff S.
    June 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Yes, overall the 501st is a great club and they do lots of cool charity work. Problem is, “they know it.” And more and more of them are copping this, “Out of my way, peasant.” attitude. I see it every year at DragonCon.
    They can suck the fun out of a room faster than a hull breach.


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