Chris Bartlett, a.k.a. TK409 of the 501st Legion, built this fantastic Star Wars
Gonk droid costume for his little kids, and I don’t know whether to be
more impressed with his ingenuity or his ability to stretch a dollar [since he made it for under $40].
If there’s a better reason to have children than forcing them to dress up in nerdy outfits for your entertainment, I’d like to know what it is. If you have a child or a van that has “Free Candy” printed on the side, Chris has instructions for making your own Power Droid on his http://tk409.com/c3po.html. Gonk!
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.