Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has already crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office worldwide, and alongside positive reviews and fan reaction, has solidified itself among Star Wars fandom as a worthy extension of the saga.
And although most of the characters of Rogue One may not be seen on the big screen again, the valiant Rebel fighters depicted in the first Star Wars anthology spinoff join a growing roster of iconic characters. For the super fan and cosplayer, that means more collectibles to hunt down, and even more costumes to pick from for cosplay, Halloween events, themed parties, and suiting up for conventions and club events. It’s 2017 and the con circuit is revving up with New York Toy Fair hosting all sorts of new Star Wars related merch next month so it’s time to start planning now!
We’re here to to talk about cosplay and costume design. 2015 introduced new popular Star Wars costumes for Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) but 2016 brought an ensemble of non-Force using badasses to the big screen, some with a multitude of costume designs, adding new bits of style to the canon. You’ve seen Stormtroopers, but now there are black-armored Death Troopers. You’ve seen Rebel pilot jumpsuits, but now there are Blue Squadron outfits as well. You’ve seen Rebel guards and soldiers from the original trilogy, but now there are new cells and factions of fighters beyond those seen in the movies and animated series.
Cassian Andor & Jyn Erso Costumes
We’re going to break down the main outfits the protagonists of Rogue One sport in the film, the ones seen most in the TV spots and trailers, and the ones licensing partners are grasping at selling their own versions of. But we’re looking at this from a more detailed cosplay perspective. So here’s a relatively easy way to suit up just like Cassian and Jyn did in thwarting the Empire. Let’s begin with a checklist:
What You Need:
- Jacket (the most visible and important piece – start from this and build out and accessorize)
- Pants (can be basic since accessories make or break the look)
- Belt/Holster (it’s all about the blaster and pouches)
- Accessories (the simple little extensions that create the immersion)
The Perfect Jacket
Columbia had a limited line of Rogue One coats and of their three offerings, their Cassian winter jacket was almost screen accurate (sans the noticeable Columbia logo) but not quite. Musterbrand sells licensed Rogue One jackets as well, but for the best look a the best price for cosplay/costuming purposes we recommend Film Jackets and USA Jacket for suiting up as a Rebel fighter from Rogue One.
For Cassian, we have two main choices – the semi-informal Rebel jacket he wears normally, when not undercover, and the cold weather long coat/parka he wears with Jyn when on the moon Jedha. The latter is obviously warmer so pick your costume appropriately for the occasion. If it’s summer, go with the Rebel light jacket. For Jyn, there’s one look which absolutely stands out, and it’s the layered brown coat she rocks with a scarf. These are the most challenging pieces of the Rogue One costume guide to assemble, and thankfully, you won’t have to since there are affordable and highly detailed options available to start you off on the right foot.
This pair of items from USA Jacket are spot-on colors with the movie (the pictures don’t do them justice). The Jyn costume in particular, has an incredible amount of detail and is made with perfect materials – it’s the type of item you can build an epic costume around.
Cassian’s Parka by FJ not only brings some more color to the Rebellion but it’s functional and practical in real-life as well – great for cosplay in colder weather conditions/seasons and can double up with Cassian’s regular jacket.
For Jedi characters this is easy, just grab a replica lightsaber hilt and attach it to the belt (there are plenty of options for this online!), or better yet, pick up a Hasbro Force FX lightsaber which lights up and makes sound effects.
For the Rebellion, we’re working with blasters and for the authentic shape and look, your best might be to go with Hasbro’s official Nerf line of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story blasters. They’ve got four, and three of them (the fourth is a Stormtrooper weapon) are applicable for Jyn and Cassian (unfortunately, Nerf did not make Jyn’s pistol in the toy line)
- Nerf Sergeant Jyn Erso Deluxe Blaster ($49.99)
- Nerf Captain Cassian Andor Blaster ($19.99)
- Available internationally: Cassian Andor Eadu rifle (modded version of Jyn’s deluxe blaster for $74.99)
The Nerf lines come with sounds effects are very colorful so if you want to get a more authentic look, there are easy painting tutorials like the one up top and plenty of notes and details for the crafty costumers on forums such as this. Just make sure you’re following regional safety rules (best practice is to leave barrel nose bright orange). For sidearms, you may want a holster as well and for this you’ll have to find something that fits weapon elsewhere (other toy sets or crafting something).
If you have the jacket, and the weapon, that’s where the eyes go so you’re mostly set for a Halloween party, but to do it right, there’s more. We need boots (usually leather looking), pants, gloves, and for extra flair, a belt, and additional detailing. The key here is earth tones for Cassian and black for Jyn so avoid light and colorful materials.
Jyn Erso’s Scarf
For Jyn, an essential add-on is the scarf/cloak she wears and you can get creative with this one by using a normal looking scarf like this one by Film Jackets or the Infinity Loop Jersey scarf which can be found in Amazon (Taupe color).
Jyn and Cassian’s Holsters
If you manage to find or custom build/modify Jyn’s pistol which has a relatively thin stock compared to Cassian’s, a cowboy-esque holster easily found online will do like this one.
Gloves and Boots
For the pants, get slim fit cargo pants, something with some line-work detailing to add to the style. For the gloves, Jyn’s are simple brown leather fingerless gloves and Cassian only wears thick grey work or winter gloves for the parka outfit (not needed for regular jacket but fingerless could work too). For the boots for each, look for earth tone/brown high boots for Jyn and more simple rubber boots for Cassian.
Bonus: Travel Bag
This last part is not for the costume itself, but it’s too fun and perfect not to mention. Matching the Red Squadron Rebel pilot flight suits from the original trilogy (and updated and modernized for Resistance pilots in Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
TV Store Online sells these here.