Matt the Radar Technician Halloween Costume

Matt the Radar Technician Cosplay
I was never really a Star Wars fan. Not that my mom and sister didn't try to influence my disinterest over the years by watching the films, growing up with the first era of early 2000s installments, and going to conventions. But the J.J. Abrams reboot changed my enthusiasm. And I guess you could say Saturday Night Live played a big role too.

When Adam Driver hosted the weekly sketch-comedy show, there was one clip I was totally obsessed with: Undercover Boss. The skit had Darth Vader's grandson Kylo Ren goes undercover at Starkiller Base as Matt the Radar Technician. The entire skit became a fandom of mine ever since it aired. The whole thing was so creative and funny, and certain lines stuck with me, "I'm Matt, I'm a Radar technician" to "Kylo Ren is a punk-bitch".

Immediately, the video inspired me to make this my Halloween costume. I'm not sure there's ever been another costume I was so determined to complete as much as possible.

Some of the items were pretty easy - Grey Overalls from Dickies, personalized name tag from Etsy, Kylo Ren Lightsaber from Wal-Mart.

By far, the glasses was my favorite part. I found sunglasses at WalMart, though there was some non-prescription glasses out there too (but was awry of the reviews). To remove the sunglass lens, I applied a hairdryer to the frames until they loosened enough to pop out. No lie - I wear these around my house sometimes for no particular reason! *I'm crazy*

Some of other parts were trickier. The wig is supposed to look a little cheap but I still wanted it to a be nice quality. After searching all kinds of wigs from male and cosplay to strawberry blonde and Marilyn Monroe, I found a match: a Donald Trump wig. Go figure! It turned out to be pretty darn perfect.

The vest was the trickiest piece. Matt wears a ‘South African Style Rhodesian Tactical Orange Vest' and it was sadly impossible to find. I kept checking back with a few different places but they were always sold out or closed up shop. My next shot was to try tactical or hunting vests, but most are only camouflage. I ended up going for a worker's vest that was at least orange but had grey lines. Going to Disney, I'm not sure the tactical vest with all the pockets would've been a smart idea. This one worked great, and didn't hinder from the costume, but I still want to get the right one sometime.

To top it all off, my adventure was carried out at the happiest place on Earth - Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Kylo Ren undercover at Disney World - not sure if there's a better combination! I was pretty much in character the entire day....
"Matt" was surprised about the Florida weather. The humidity was certainly the biggest gamble. I didn't know what to expect, and was a little iffy because I didn't bring alternative robes.  The day turned out to be pretty sunny, but not too hot and not too cold. I was content not to overheat in the coveralls.

My first order of business was ensuring no funny business went on at the stores and rides performed at full functionality. I was super impressed by how much went on behind-the-scenes. However I was surprised by the lack of stormtroopers willing to do my bidding. Nothing was as easy I presumed.

I concealed my identity throughout the evening. Many civilians didn't know who I was, while others were respectful of my legacy. The force seemed to be in my favor for most of the mission.
Some people were 99% sure I was Kylo Ren. (Before I even got into the park, and was on the parking lot platform, one civilian went absolutely ballistic; he couldn't believe what my costume was. He was absolutely stoked to take a picture with me. That's never happened to me before!)

Some castmates easily recognized me. A photographer screamed for Matt. One of the pirates in the Halloween parade danced towards to where I was sitting. Without missing a single beat, he said, "Sorry about your dad." I appreciated the condolences, but I'm not entirely sure if he was aware that I was the one who killed him....

Starbucks was one of my favorite visits. It was radically different than the Starkiller Base commissary. I was having some real talk with some real folks about how I got Kylo's lightsaber, and of course, "his" abs cause they're shredded. Some folks and castmates who I couldn't make conversation with ended up shouting, "I haven't had my muffin yet, Matt" and pressured me to fix the calcinator - which stressed me out a little. However, I felt like the overall experience affected me and people are going to love the new me! ;D


Soooo, this was my costume for Halloween this year.  This costume is definitely going to get some more use in the future at conventions, etc. It was exciting to come out of the rock I usually hide under to play this character.  A huge thanks to my mom and sister for their support, all of the cast members and other park guests who recognized and appreciated what I was going for. I truly had a blast! Happy Halloween, everyone!

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