I made this costume from cardboard (donated from Trader Joe's), blue duct tape (Joann's), blue spandex (oann's), hot glue (my basement) , a hockey glove (Craigslist), dowel rod (Basement) and gumption.
I also wired in some circuits so my blaster could charge and fire (or at least light up).
It cost about $40 total.
So here is how I did it.
The feet are made in many cross sections, laminated together with hot glue, with a hole for my ankle and a space fit perfectly for my shoe. I then wrapped these cross sections in cardboard to smooth it out.
I built the helmet the same way.
The legs, shorts, and gun were started with a ring of bent cardboard, and added onto with consecutive, concentric rings to build the forms.
The leg is attached to the boot on a simple hinge made of a dowel rod, so that I could walk (and tap my toes).
I modified the hockey glove with scissors and card board and covered everything in blue duck brand duct tape (perfect color).
I was going to buy a unitard, but they were ultra expensive, so I bought some fabric and winged it. The body consists of a pair of tights and a leotard, both made by me (never did THAT before).
There are 3 leds on the side of the blaster, that light up when I press the corresponding button inside it, then when it is fully charged, I flip a switch and a modified tap light functions as the blaster.
(there was also a duct tape pouch to hold my ID and money- no pockets)
And some face paint for the eyes.
I even cut off my really long hair, so it would fit in the helmet. :)
OK, for those who know oh so well, and played Nintendo growing up in the 80's you'll appreciate this one. Mega Man was an original NES SuperStar in the late 1980's, a classic video game hero for us all. I decided I was going to make the best replica EVER!
I began prepping in August 07, buying items online at EBAY, buying fabric at Fabric Mart, and shopping around at the local goodwill's. I looked at a bunch of pictures of Mega Man, and like an artist, just started using the creative mind and adapting pieces for the costume. Making everything from scratch, using foam fabric, and hand sewing skills I taught myself, I went to town! Hours on end for days and weeks, trying different things out. Always a trial and error method, but it all happened to work out.
I made the "gun" by hand, using a soccer shim guard, wrapped in fabric and stuffed with foam. The cap was a doggy dish I painted grey, and glued red mardi-gras beads inside! Also on the helmet ear pieces, were 2 smaller doggy dishes!
The helmet was a baseball kids helmet I cut up and painted. All the Armour is foam I cut and wrapped in fabric. The shoes were sewn fabric I stuffed with cotton! The blue under suit was a full body Lycra suit.
It turned out amazing, the most rewarding thing was walking around the streets, and getting the random shout outs "MEGA MAN" by the car driving by! For those who saw, its a costume to remember!