Judge Dredd inspired costumes are getting to be more and more common sights at Comic Conventions. There are several reasons for this, not least the surge of interest generated by the 2012 movie. I’d say that the increase in interest though definitely started with Judge Minty.
The image to the right above is Senior Street Judge Burdis arresting a Dredd impersonator. Side note, Karl Urban is great as Dredd. This is a comic inspired uniform by Planet Replicas.
Planet Replicas obtained a licence for Judge Dredd uniforms following their work on the fan film Judge Minty, you can read my interview with Daniel Carey-George about that project.
A full uniform, including a made to measure leather suit, a helmet and all the pads, boots gloves, etc, will set you back £1995.00.
There are quite a number of Judges on patrol in that uniform now, I was part of Lawgiver: A Celebration of Dredd and we had a large turn out of Judges as well as our own core group.
On the right is just a selection of those present, there were more.
If you click on that picture you can see the larger version and you will see there are several Dredd 2012 Judges as well as a Brit Cit Judge (Dredd 2012 inspired) and Cal-Hab Judge (comic inspired).
There are no licensed Dredd 2012 uniforms. These are all either home-made by the owner or produced with the assistance of fellow costume enthusiasts. A home-made screen accurate uniform costs around £800.00.
On the left is a closer look at Judge Labelle’s uniform. Again you can click on the picture for a larger version.
You can easily spot the major differences such as the Lion emblem on the helmet and the Union Flag on the badge.
On the right is a picture showing the Lion shoulder pauldron instead of the Eagle of Mega City One.
This uniform shows how much thought goes in to some of the costumes that are put together.
Here is an example of the attention to detail that fans go to. This is a Hondo City Judge (Japan). I saw him at Thought Bubble last year and he’s taken this costume to several other conventions.
This is all home-made and I believe all his own work. He has shared many of his design secrets for this and other costumes. Compare his uniform to the comic version. A brilliant adaptation of the comic.
There are many home-made versions of Judge uniforms, comic and film versions alike. It is great to see such public expressions of affection for Judge Dredd.
There are many dedicated fans around the world. Take the video below as an example, this one I haven’t seen for myself I saw the video on a friend’s Facebook page.
Dredd has even been seen at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. The national museum displays part of the countries collection of militaria.
In May 2013 the Royal Armouries had a special event showing the arms and armour of characters from fiction. They included a gun fight between Judge Dredd and Pa Angel.
And this brings us back to where I started because this was a uniform lent to them by the Judge Minty team. A prototype of the Planet Replicas version.