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Me and C-3PO: How a Cosplayer Met His Hero

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Jul 20 2022

It’s not every day a cosplayer gets to meet the actor who played their famous character, but Stephen Mathis and Anthony Daniels pulled it off with this week’s C-3PO Cosplay feature!

Cosplayers dedicate their artistic talent and passion to recreating characters from fandoms they are fond of. In some lucky cases these days, those cosplayers are able to take their creations out in public and be appreciated by other fans. Today we’re celebrating an amazing fan story with this exceptional C-3PO Cosplay!

C-3PO cosplay by Stephen Mathis


Stephen Mathis is a Star Wars die-hard. He has painstakingly crafted an EPIC, screen-worthy C-3PO cosplay. This season, he had the opportunity to take his new cosplay build to a convention to meet Anthony Daniels, the only actor to appear in all nine of the episodic Star Wars films.
C-3PO and R2D2- the best of frenemies and the most interesting dynamic in Star Wars


The resulting cosplay (and images) are a treat for fans from a galaxy far, far away. We love hearing stories like these, ESPECIALLY when the actor referenced is a GEM of a human being who creates an excellent experience for the cosplayer. We hope your hearts are warmed by this C-3PO cosplay!


C-3PO Cosplay by Stephen Mathis

“Don’t you call me a mindless philosopher you overweight glob of grease!”


“I’ve always been a life-long Star Wars fan. C-3PO was one of my favorite characters next to R2-D2. For a long while I never really considered wearing the costume itself, because I assumed it was just agony. But it wasn’t until very recently that I started really getting into 3D printing that I thought I would make a 3PO to be the companion to my astro-mech droid I built. I didn’t know if I’d fit, but I thought I’d give it a try.” -Stephen Mathis



“As I started printing the files I found, I realized I was very close to the proportions of Anthony Daniels so I pressed on to make the full costume. It took months of work. I started printing test prints to check sizing, I bought a big new printer to print the larger pieces, and I tried to fit it all together as best I could. It wasn’t until very close to the Fan Expo date that I started to see the final results of the costume. I was painting and fixing and setting everything right up until the Saturday date. I stayed up till 5 am finishing things in fact.”- Stephen Mathis

“Wait. Oh my! What have you done…I’m backwards you filthy furball. Only an overgrown mop-head like you would be stupid enough.”



“But it was all worth it. I was able to meet Anthony Daniels in the costume. The first time he saw me was during the photo op I had scheduled. When I rounded the corner he gave me a look of amazement that I was walking toward him. After the photo op, he smirked at said “I’ll see you later”. A short while later I met him at his signing table and the interaction was amazing. He mused over the costume, asked me how I built it, pointed out things that could be changed or worked on, and took a lot of photos with me and the R2 unit that was following me. I couldn’t have asked for better interaction with my hero.”-Stephen Mathis

“It’s against my programming to impersonate a deity.”


“This is one of the most-involved costumes I’ve ever made. It stretched my skills in 3D printing, finishing, painting, and performance. It is perfectly imperfect to me and my love for the costume was on full display during Fan Expo.”



I can’t wait to continue showing up to places as “Colorado-3PO”.”-Stephen Mathis

“Taking one last look, sir. At my friends.”


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