The Force was definitely with one young family of new "Star Wars" fans this week at the Salt Lake City Comic-Con — and it was adorable.
Victor Sine, his fiancee Julianne Payne, and Julianne’s 11-month-old daughter, Addie, attended the festival dressed as Finn, Rey, and a smiley BB-8 from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Sine, who grew up in England “on Dr. Who and BBC shows,” only watched the “Star Wars” movies once he moved to the United States. He and Payne, who had never seen the movies before, binge-watched all the movies in anticipation of “The Force Awakens,” and when it came time to come up with costume ideas for SLCC, they knew exactly what they wanted to do.
“I always go to Salt Lake Comic Cons, and I wanted Jules and Addie to join in with me on cosplaying,” Sine told TODAY. “After we saw the movie we were in love with John Boyega (Finn)! We loved Daisy (Ridley, who plays Rey) and thought BB-8 was the cutest droid. It was obvious to us at that point that Jules and I were going to cosplay as Finn and Rey —and then we later thought Addie would be a cute ‘Baby-8.’”
The family took four months to research, buy, and alter elements of their costumes, using Earl Grey tea and coffee to dye some of the fabrics and painting accessories. Their efforts paid off when the SLCC pictures they posted on their Facebook page and blog went viral:
Sine said he and Payne are taking a break from planning family cosplays while they plan their wedding, but they have dressed up as Katniss and Cinna from “The Hunger Games” in the past. (They are planning to dress Addie as Katniss' sister Prim’s cat next time.) However, their hearts belong to "Star Wars."
“We are part of the new wave of obsessed fanatics!” said Sine. “'Star Wars' really brought our family together, so we are committed to it.”