Our own Dark Lord
Simon Dewar reckons it has taken about 2 1/2 years to perfect his homemade Darth Vader costume, experimenting with polystyrene codpieces and sculpting hinguards out of industrial-strength linoleum. The Star Wars fanatic, who works for the tax department in Albury, can pinpoint the moment that his obsession with Darth Vader began. "When he walks into the ship in Star Wars: A New Hope, he just had such presence that it made your jaw drop," the 34-year-old says. "You've got this guy all in black, in stark contrast to the white stormtroopers. He just stood out. It was like 'Who is this guy?' " Dewar began assembling his outfit after deciding to dress up for the cinema opening of Attack of the Clones in 2002. He scoured hardware shops and reject stores for "crap that can be used for anything but what it was made for". The miniature tusks that jut out of his Vader helmet, for example, are made from the tubing that hospitals use for intravenous drips. On his website, Vader Maker Australia, Dewar provides a guide for those keen to create their own outfit. The site is alarmingly comprehensive; the section on making Darth Vader's belt alone is almost 2000 words long. But obsessive fans determined to dress up as the Dark Lord for Thursday's opening of Revenge of the Sith would be advised to log on. Fancy dress shops are already struggling to meet demand. "All the Star Wars costumes
are booked," says Narelle Desmond, who works in Rose Chong Costumes in Gertrude Street. "Some people even booked them last year."