This Levitating 'Star Wars' Speeder Bike Costume Just Won Halloween

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 - 12:43PM
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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 - 12:43PM
This Levitating 'Star Wars' Speeder Bike Costume Just Won Halloween
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There are cool Halloween costumes, and then there are costumes so amazing they earn cool points that last way beyond October 31.

Famed YouTubers and filmmakers Casey Neistat and Jesse Wellens took over the streets of New York City recently with custom-built Star Wars speeder bikes that appeared to levitate off the pavement. Using drones and various other equipment, they filmed a chase scene through Manhattan, and as you'd expect, people lost their minds.

Using Super 73 bikes from a company called Lithium Cycles as the bases, the design team used lightweight materials including cardboard, plastic, and expanding foam to build the frame of the iconic vehicles.

They then added auto-body filler, sculpted the rough shape, and (many hours later) moved on to the finishing stage with fiberglass and paint to bring the fictional vehicles to life.

Because actual 74-Z speeders don't exist in the real world, the team had to get creative with the build to ensure that the rides were safe and functional.

Neistat and Wellens wouldn't need to zoom around trees and dodge blasters on Endor, but they would need to make righthand turns and navigate aggressive New York City traffic, which is arguably more difficult.

The levitating part is less physics and more optical illusion.

Mirrored panels were fitted over the wheels of the bikes to reflect the road and hide the mechanics. Judging from the reactions of the people on the street, the panels are what really sold the build, because a speeder on the ground is just a fancy bike.

Neistat and the Super 73 team both filmed behind-the-scenes videos of the entire build and costuming process, which you can watch if you want a peek behind the curtain.

But even without that footage, the amount of time and work that went into this production is evident in the final video, and they deserve their own Yavin 4 medal ceremony.

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'Star Wars' Speeder Bike Costume Wins Halloween