One of the largest and most enduring fandoms by far is Star Wars. Spanning seven films (and many more to come), comics, books, music, and other offerings, this series is going strong even 39 years after the official release of the first film.
With all of that popularity naturally comes a large group of fans who present their fandom in an online format that can reach even more fans or even those who might become fans in the future. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the coolest sites launched through WordPress hosting that promise to take you to a galaxy far, far away.
This site serves as a blog for updates in the series while at the same time providing a one-stop shop for those who are looking to get into the world of costuming when it comes to the Star Wars franchise. They also use this outlet for good: the 501st Legion regularly makes trips to visit young children who are in the hospital while outfitted with their Star Wars garb.
This fan blog is another one that specializes in costuming, but they specifically encourage and support costuming for the Dark Side of the Force. They also push for custom costuming–although they do provide for classic characters like Darth Vader and Darth Maul, they mostly focus on creating all new characters with their members’ costumes so that they can exercise their creativity.
This group and fan blog is a fan group for those who are interested in the world of costuming. They intend to push the Star Wars costuming world to the next level by recreating costumes to be as film-accurate as possible, which lends a real air of authenticity to the organization. They specifically encourage costumers of all skill levels to join, and they distribute costuming knowledge to all in the group.
This group has in a number of years become one of the largest Star Wars fan organizations on the planet. Mandalorian Mercs insists on being unique through encouraging its members to exercise their creativity when costuming. It’s all too common to come across places that insist on 100 percent screen accuracy, so it’s refreshing to find a place that allows their members to take some creative liberties. This is an all-inclusive group and fan blog that brings in members of all stripes and levels of experience.
The Rebel Legion is another Star Wars-centric costuming club that focuses on representing the Light Side of the Force. Specifically, they encourage all representations of the hero characters. These representations can be based on the films, books, comics, TV shows, and games that are based on Star Wars.
This group was started up in the United States, but it’s now become a truly international group that has several nations in its list of members. It has in the process become the premier Rebel costume fan group in the world, and it is a totally volunteer group of fans who can all gather together for the shared enjoyment of it.
This is one of the more unique and cool fan blogs and community groups out there when it comes to the Star Wars fandom. Astromech.net is the official website for the R2-D2 Builders Club. They are a community that spans nations. The purpose of their particular group is to build replicas of robots from the extended Star Wars series and univers. They encourage those who are curious to join today and get started on building their own cool little robot.
This fan blog and group is focused around putting on choreographed lightsaber shows for the enjoyment of the public. They are a not-for-profit group, and have officially been recognized by LucasFilm. They perform for charity and the community with their lightsaber shows and are also present at most sci-fi and comic conventions that are out there. They do all of this to raise money for charities and to share their love of Star Wars with a truly international community.
This German community is focused around getting the coolest and most accurate lightsabers into the hands of fans all across the world. They believe that blasters are uncivilized and clumsy and instead focus on teaching the high art of lightsaber combat to their group of fans. They even show you how to convert lightsabers that you might have bought in stores into more refined sabers that better reflect the ones in the movies.
This project was started ten years ago after the creators realized that there wasn’t a site out there that focused exclusively on the proper way to handle a weapon of the Jedi force. Over the years, the team has only grown, and it has become a have for those who want a more elegant approach to the weaponry within the Star Wars universe.
The Star Wars universe is rife with characters, locations, vehicles, and weapons. With all of that said, it should come as no surprise that there would be so many fan blogs and even international organizations that would flourish based on the love of this iconic series.
People come from all over the world to appreciate this series, and they do so by crafting their own costumes, lightsabers, and even robots. It’s exciting to watch what these organizations will come up with next, especially when you consider that the seventh film in the series is now out and there are a number of other movies on the way now.
There’s never been a better time to join up with one of these fan blogs launched through WordPress hosting and costuming clubs in order to make your fandom apparent and visible to the world. Most of these group don’t have any complicated sort of membership process, and all of them seem to be very inclusive when it comes to newcomers joining their club. This is a great thing for all.