Cosplayer Jill Sowell saw Guardians of the Galaxy at least twice and started working on a Peter Quill/Star-Lord costume before the movie was even released. Guardians has had that effect on people. She did a great job piecing together the costume from found pieces, making items for the costume, and modifying yet other pieces. She scored with the long red coat and found it for $8 on eBay (yes, eBay is your friend, cosplayers), painted weathered boots she already had, and made the bag using an action figure and Sideshow statue as reference. For Star-Lord’s weapon, she modified the $20 toy that’s currently on store shelves:
I bought the $20 toy gun from ToysRUs and took it apart. Gave everything a base coat of flat black then hand brushed on the silver, dark metal, and gold colors. The best part was adding what looks like Star Wars “carbon scoring” around the barrel. Saw a prop and it had this basic weathering so I wanted mine to as well. I did give this a good clear coat spray to finish it up, especially on the grip so the paint doesn’t come off when I hold it for a while.
She goes into more detail about modifying the gun and helmet in this post.
Here’s what she did for the oh-so-important walkman:
After some research, i found that the #starlord walkman was this silvery blue version from the late 70s. Painted this cassette player i found at the house and made a sticker for an old tape. The hand lettering ended up looking pretty dang cool!
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.