Matt the Radar Technician Halloween Costume
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.
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....
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 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
So, this was my costume this year. It was 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!