According to Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Alien Species, Tauntauns are "...tall, sturdy creatures with inherently difficult attitudes... [that] have remarkably cold-resistant bodies."  They are omnivorous, smelly, and just plain unpleasant to deal with.  They also spit--very accurately.  Despite having horns, this is their primary source of attack and defense; though not poisonous, the spit freezes upon hitting its target--usually the opponent's eyes.  Of course, you can't blame them for the attitude as they are native to the ice planet of Hoth, which sports a very harsh environment.

Introduced in Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the Tauntaun is essentially a giant ice lizard.  While hiding from the evil Empire on Hoth, the Rebel Alliance utilized Tauntauns as mounts; this was due to the intensely cold temperatures that caused all modes of mechanical transportation to lock up.  Check one out in action, below; the Tauntaun comes into play at the 1:00 mark (though the rest is just plain cool to watch):

Video posted by Darth Shiz on July 20, 2015.

So... a giant, furry, horned lizard that spits and has a bad attitude...  Sounds like the perfect Halloween costume, right?  Oddly enough, a Tauntaun makes a really great costume thanks to the Rebels riding them.  Some of these are actually home made--and they look great!  Check out this full-size Tauntaun, complete with Rebel trooper:

Video posted by Break on January 5, 2010.

This is a very impressive costume!  Just the height alone is daunting.  I can firmly state that I would take two steps then fall on my side--I'm no good on stilts.  I also question the beer drinking ability while costumed this way.  Again, I'd end on my side, flopping on the ground--at which time some guy with a lightsaber would try to cut my guts out...

Video posted by Movie Drawer on August 21, 2015.

I would assume that Tauntauns aren't always so large.  As such, even tiny Rebels need a way of getting around to fight for freedom.  Hence, the tiny Tauntaun.

Video posted by Fap Buzz News on October 17, 2016.

Cuteness overload!  And a great costume!  Just look at the detail!  I bet this kid went to school as a Tauntaun, slept in the Tauntaun (it happens...), and possibly wore the Tauntaun to church on Sundays.  That's how cool this costume is.

And then there's this guy:

Video posted by Chris Demarais on October 31, 2015.

Well... it is creative.  I'm just not sure that it works very well.  To me the poor guy looks like a runaway from Sesame Street with a baby erupting from his torso.  Of course that's just my view of it...

If you're out of time, you can go the store-bought route:

Inflatable Tauntaun

The Rubies Costumes Unisex Star Wars Inflatable Tauntaun Adult Costume is... interesting.  An officially licensed Star Wars product, this ice lizard retails for $46.00 and sort of throws reality out the door.  It requires 4 AA batteries to power an internal fan.  At least I think it is internal to keep the Jedi rider's legs cool.  Or is it to inflate the Tauntaun?  I'm a bit fuzzy on this point.

So, if you are looking for a way-cool costume--or (in a few cases) something that will make your friends wonder what in the hell you were thinking--a Tauntaun may be the way to go!  Depending on what you're looking for, you can go from realistic to cheesy.

Personally, I want a larger version of that kid's costume!

Do you have any cool Tauntaun costume stories?  If so, let us know!

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