May 2017 People’s Choice Cosplay Contest Winner

Thank you for making our May 2017 People’s Choice Cosplay Contest such a success! We were figuratively deluged in comments and emails for a couple of weeks there. They were pouring in, well, like votes do. (We’re sorry, but votes don’t make great similes.) Anyways, we fed the votes into our Counterator 2000 Machine and–PRESTO!–out popped a name.

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Throughout history, many famous pirates have sailed throughout the world. A lot of notable pirates such as Sir Francis Drake and Blackbeard, among others, were male, but there were plenty of women pirates who were just as ruthless. Even like their male counterparts, there are some pirate women who have only existed throughout the hundreds of stories in pirate lore. The reason why there are so many interesting stories about pirates is because there's very little historic documentation of them, especially with female pirates. In most of history, women were not supposed to be pirates. One of many superstitions of the seas was that it was bad luck to have a woman aboard your ship. To keep their identity concealed, some would dress and live as men during their time on the water.

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HalloweenCostumes.com May 2017 People’s Choice Cosplay Contest

There were so many fantastic entries in our April 2017 Cosplay Contest that it was difficult picking only three winners! So we decided to run a second contest with our top 20 featured cosplays and leave the voting up to the fans. This time we’re giving $1,000 in store credit to HalloweenCostumes.com or Fun.com to the winner. That’s right, it’s a People’s Choice Cosplay Contest, and you get to help decide who wins it all!

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No Droids Served Here: Scum and Villainy of the Mos Eisley Cantina

If the Mos Eisley Spaceport is a “wretched hive of scum and villainy”, then surely Chalmun’s Cantina is the center of that hive. Popularly known as the “Mos Eisley Cantina”, Chalmun’s is the dim bar where Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first meet Han Solo and Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. But in addition to freighter pilots and smugglers like Han Solo, the cantina is home to bounty hunters and imperial spies and men with “the death sentence on twelve systems”. No droids, though, because the bartender Wuher likes to keep out the riff-raff.

This is a visual guide to the many colorful characters in Chalmun’s Cantina on that single day in year 0 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin). Of course, in the real world, these characters were filmed over the course of several weeks in 1976: exterior shots in Ajim, Djerba, Tunisia on April 2-3 and interior shots on Stage 6 at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England on April 13-21. (A final set of close-ups was also filmed at Hollywood Center Studios in Hollywood, California in early 1977.) Our guide is based primarily on in-universe Star Wars canon sources and behind-the-scenes details. Any no-longer-canon “Legends” (formerly the “Expanded Universe”) sources are noted accordingly.

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April 2017 Cosplay Contest Winners

The ballots are in, the votes have been tallied, the numbers have been tabulated, the sums have been checked, and all kinds of other voting things happened. After much deliberation, we have selected the winners of our HalloweenCostumes.com April 2017 Cosplay Contest. Remember that the prizes were $750 (First Place), $400 (Second Place), and $200 (Third Place) in store credit to HalloweenCostumes.com or Fun.com for putting together a truly awesome cosplay.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Eggs

What’s crackin’ readers? Easter is around the corner and we are less than a month away from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to grace our presence in theaters and more than likely get some sweet throwback music stuck in our heads for the summer. The latest movie, which is the fifteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will feature the return of our favorite heroes along with other familiar faces in different roles, and even some new friends and foes as well.

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