Male Tusken Raider
ANH TuskenMain.jpg
Model DZ-8559, Photo by Lesley Farquhar


Description: Male Tusken Raider
Prefix: DZ
Detachment: Krayt Clan
Context: Episode IV: A New Hope

Fearsome desert savages inhabiting the rocky Jundland Wastes, Tusken Raiders are the foremost reason Tatooine colonists do not wander far from their isolated communities. Extremely territorial and xenophobic, Tusken Raiders will attack with very little provocation. They show no allegiance to even their native world-mates, as these nomads have attacked Jawa scouting parties on occasion. Covered from head-to-foot in tattered rags and robes, Tusken Raiders — or Sand People as they are also known -- brandish a deadly bladed club known as a gaderffii. They also carry projectile rifles with which to shoot at passing vehicles. The male of the species tends to be the aggressors.

Please note that this costume is also eligible for membership in The Rebel Legion.

  • This CRL is a work in progress.
  • This costume may be approved by GMLs, but until the library entry is complete, it is suggested that this character first be submitted to the appropriate DL/GML peer review section of the legion forum.
  • If you have this costume and would like to assist with the completion of this library entry, please contact your detachment leader.
  • Please note that the use of the word "should" below does not indicate that the armor piece is considered open to interpretation. All instances of "should be" and "should have" will be replaced with "is" and "has", as this guide is completed.
Required Costume Components

The following costume components are present and appear as described below.

ANH TuskenHelm.jpg Helmet / Mask
For 501st approval:
  • A fully wrapped head of similar design matching Episode 4.
    • Unmodified commercially available latex masks are inaccurate.
Masks built on a latex base are acceptable.
  • Cloth wrapping is used for the main part of the head.
    • All wraps are of the same color and made from duck cloth or bull denim.
    • Head wraps are not unkempt or hang loosely over the neck or shoulders.
  • Leather or simulated leather is used for the "snout" wrapping.
  • Mask has nine metal or simulated metal detail pieces:
    • (2) eye stalks.
      • Eye stalks taper toward the front with two slots cut into the underside of each piece
    • (4) head spikes.
      • Head spikes have a slight taper.
    • (2) cheek tusks. 

    • (1) nose piece with two vertical slots.
  • Screening or tinted lenses are used to conceal eyes and mouth from outside of mask.
  • The finished mask is weathered and dirty.
  • If the mask is not sufficiently long to conceal the neck at all times a neck seal of similar fabric to the wraps of the helmet, arms and boots is worn.
    • The neck seal can be a thin "scarf" of fabric, but is not thick and bulky as is seen on prequel Tuskens.

Tusken ANH Breather.jpg Neck Breather
For 501st approval:
  • Device worn around the neck of a design similar to that seen in 
Episode 4.
  • Neck Breather resembles a small 3" to 4” cylinder, approximately 2" in diameter, with tapered caps on either end connecting to a tube, which runs behind the neck.
  • Breather has knurled end caps and flare nuts on each end.
    • Some references show a single small ridge (approximately 1/4" wide and 1/8" high) running around the center of the cylinder.
  • Cylinder is wrapped in leather or leather like material.
    • The overlapping end seam of the leather wrap is visible on the front of the breather with the lip facing upwards.

Tusken ANH Inner Robe.jpg Inner Robe
For 501st approval:
  • Inner Robe is made of a textured, sand-colored fabric.
    • The length of the robe should not be so short as to expose the top of the boot.
    • This Inner robe is worn underneath the bandolier(s).
    • Robes and mask conceal all skin around neck.
  • The bottom edge of the robe is un-hemmed and tattered.
    • If worn without an outer robe (See "Note" listed under Outer Robe), loose sleeves cover to approximately 4" above the wrist.

ANH Tusken OuterRobe.jpg Outer Robe
For 501st approval:
  • Outer Robe is very loose fitting and made of a textured, and weathered, sand colored fabric.
    • Basket weave fabric, such as Monk's cloth or similar is recommended.
  • Outer Robe is worn over the bandolier(s) and inner robe and reaches to at least the bottom of the inner robe.
  • Outer Robe extends along the arm to the wrist.
  • Outer robe is sewn up the sides to just below the wrist.
  • The bottom edge of the robe is un-hemmed and tattered.
  • There are no seams at the shoulders, but a single seam up the middle of the back is acceptable.
  • The finished robe is weathered.
    • Note: If no no outer robe is worn, the Tusken becomes a ANH SE "Bantha Rider". With this variant, (3) bandoliers are worn.
      • Two crossing the chest and one around the waist.

Tusken ANH Bandolier.jpg Bandoliers
For 501st approval:
  • At least one (1) bandolier is worn across the chest or around the 
  • Bandoliers are of British 1903 pattern, Martini Henry, Turkish Ottoman or similar recreations, and matching the style in the movie.
    • Note: Swedish bandoliers are allowed for Level 1 original trilogy Tusken Raiders for waist bandoliers only, but are discouraged as they are not screen accurate.

For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Only Turkish Ottoman, 1903 and Martini Henry and the unnamed apparently custom made waist bandolier seen on the Tusken in the cliff flight scene are acceptable.
    • Reproductions are acceptable for level 2.

Tusken ANH Gloves.jpg Gloves
For 501st approval:
  • Weathered, sand-colored cloth or leather gloves.

Tusken ANH Arm Wraps.jpg Arm Wraps
For 501st approval:
  • Weathered, sand-colored cloth wrappings start at the wrist, above the palm.
    • No wraps are on the hand / palm.
  • Wraps conceal the cuffs of the gloves and all skin on the arms.
  • The wraps continue up the arm until concealed within robes.

Tusken ANH Sash.jpg Waist Sash
For 501st approval:
  • Waist Sash is made of a similar fabric to the inner robe.
  • Waist Sash consists of a 6" to 7” girth belt that ties in the back.
    • Knotting is acceptable if an outer robe is worn, if no outer robe is worn then the sash is laced.
  • No fraying and no excess hangs from the knotting or attachment.
  • The sash is worn under any waist bandolier.

Tusken ANH Pants.jpg Pants
For 501st approval:
  • If the bottom edge of the inner robe is short enough to likely expose any leg above the boot (such as when moving or kneeling), tan or brown pants are worn.
    • A similar fabric to that of the robes or arm wraps is recommended.
  • The pants are weathered and dirty.

Tusken ANH Boots.jpg Footwear
For 501st approval:
  • Boots or shoes, covered with cloth wrappings.
    • Wraps are the same color and fabric as the mask and arms.
    • Wrappings continue up the leg until concealed within the robes.
  • Wraps conceal all skin on the legs.

Optional Accessories

Items below are optional costume accessories. These items are not required for approval, but if present appear as described below.

DZ tusken rader gaffi.jpg Gaderffii (gaffi stick)
For 501st approval:
  • The Gaffi Stick is of similar design to the styles (pineapple, gunstock, or mace head) used in Episode 4.

Tusken Rifle.jpg Rifle
For 501st approval:
  • The Sniper Rifle is of similar design to the styles used in Episode 4.

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