Meet Gordon Tarpley, C-3PO Suit Builder

Meet Gordon Tarpley, a prop builder and cosplayer who specializes in C-3PO. He’s one of the few C-3PO cosplayer and performers, and has been working on his suit and performance for years. We chat with Gordon about his build process, how he’s improving his suit, and what it takes to perform as this iconic Star Wars character.

Shot by Joey Fameli and edited by Adam Isaak

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13 thoughts on “Meet Gordon Tarpley, C-3PO Suit Builder

  1. Wow at the genius and dedication.

    It was funny seeing him start to go into character just with the first parts on 🙂

    So cool.

  2. I once tried to wear the real Threepio mask, the one Anthony Daniels used in the prequels, and it didn’t fit me, so even the shape of your face matters.

  3. The suit looks great, and he has the act down really well,

    personally I don’t like the Disney suit proportions, the upper arms are too big, and the shoulders/upper torso are slanted upwards.

    I hope he will fix these things in the future 🙂

  4. This may not be the best place to make this comment but the center part of the “disc” on the torso and the helmet appears to be a thermostat from an automotive radiator… It might be worth looking into. A quick search through RPF didn’t show any results for C3PO and thermostat so I thought maybe I should mention it. I believe ford used three arm style thermostats in the 70’s.

  5. I like those little Rhinos in the background. What are they for? (Pretty sure you can’t talk about them, right?)

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