Father and Son Life-Sized MechWarrior Costume

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Imgur user PutaBowonIt recently shared photos of her husband and son’s Halloween costume this year. Ryan and Geraint became Sunder from the game MechWarrior. Ryan designed the costume so that he could walk in it and built a support seat for Geraint in the front. This is a creative way to tackle a family costume for Halloween. The primary material for this costume? Cardboard.

A little more about the build:

My husband had this costume planned for several years, long before we had a child. The inspiration was a computer game he played in high school. When we found out we were having a baby, he got to work. Ryan sketched out the rough designs probably two months before Geraint was born. With so much baby stuff coming in the mail, we had plenty of boxes for him to work with, so he just had to buy a few things to make it.

Ryan built a frame for the body out of PVC and wrapped a cardboard shell around it and secured it to the frame with zip ties. He then cut and sculpted the other pieces out of cardboard, with some foam board details to add a true 3D effect. The joints are all fastened with Velcro cable wraps, and the head and other pieces attach to the main body with Velcro tape. The legs are supported by a belt, which is hidden under the body. His arms slip into the gun pods and he has more Velcro straps on the inside in order to hold them. The feet just fit over his shoes by gluing toilet paper tubes on the inside to take up the extra space.

See the costume in action:

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See more photos at Imgur.

via Laughing Squid

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