This Awesome Pokemon Groudon Costume idea came from my 8 year old who wanted to dress as his favorite pokemon character, a Legendary Pokemon. Groudon is a lava-rock type Pokemon and his firey personality fits my 8 year old red headed boy perfectly. I made the basic form out of craft foam from a local mattress/couch repair store. I shaped it with an electric meat knife! My husband stayed out of my way for the next several weeks.
The red fleece fabric was collected from local thrift stores. The backpack for the back and tail was also salvaged from a second hand shop. Can we say green?! I am VERY sewing challenged so I was able to pull off most of the costume with nothing more than a hot glue gun, scissors, and a lot of patience. It took about 2 months to complete working on the weekends and whenever I had free time (probably 80 hours total). The end result has fully articulating arms and free use of fingers in hidden "gloves" that camoflauge into the costume. It was a little warm, but other than that, it was a huge hit!
My Dad helped me make the coolest costume ever, a Pokemon costume. Which one, you ask? A big, bad, blue Lucario, of course!
To make this costume, we basically copied the instructions from Riva F.'s costume on this site, with a few exceptions. Instead of putting 1/2 inch thick foam inside the tail, we put pillow stuffing inside it so we could have a 3-d tail instead of a 2-d tail.
Second, we didn't put in the thighs because we thought they looked weird. Third, we didn't add gray accents to the cones because we thought that looked weird too.
Our biggest challenge was that we didn't know where she put eye holes, so we cut eye holes on the bottom of the neck.
It was a lot of work to make it, but it turned out so cool in the end! I would never have done it without him!