Admiral Ackbar – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Admiral Ackbar is one of my all-time favorite Star Wars characters, and I always wanted to figure out a way to make a costume, but I figured it was impossible, so I just didn’t bother pursuing it. Curiosity got the best of me, and I wondered if there was someone out there who actually made Admiral Ackbar masks and hands, and when I realized there was…I decided to go for it. I was also approved in the Rebel Legion with this costume! I’m one of a handful of approved Star Wars: The Force Awakens Admiral Ackbar costumers!

Mask & Hands: The extremely talented artist that made this costume possible is Chris Stephens. He does incredibly amazing work, and I can’t recommend him enough. If you’re looking for beautifully made masks for practically any Star Wars alien species (and some other creatures from other fandoms), please check out his page. Inside the mask, I installed two helmet fans from Henry’s Helmet Fans to help with the airflow.

Tunic: I bought some natural linen-like fabric and used my Poe Dameron shirt as a pattern base, but then I heavily altered it because Ackbar’s neck and arm circumferences are wacky. So, really, I just kind of winged it. The shirt has Velcro on the back since Ackbar’s head is massive and wouldn’t really fit through the neck hole.

Vest: I used some mustard yellow duck cloth/canvas-like fabric and some linen-like mustard yellow fabric as a lining, and completely made up the pattern on my own. With as few reference photos as I could find, my Admiral Ackbar action figure sure came in handy.

Belt: I made it from a 2″ wide brown leather belt strap and sawed off the hardware on the back of this belt blank and then painted it.

Pants: I made a pair of pants from some fabric I bought at a fabric store a few years ago, and used a basic elastic-waist pants pattern as the base.

Boots: I bought a pair of brown Teva “Capistrano” boots off of eBay since they’re no longer being manufactured. I added some brown leather faux straps to the top of the boot to make them look more screen accurate.

Rank Badge: I bought an Admiral rank badge from Interstait.

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