Everything was awesome in The LEGO Movie, and Instructables user ErinL1’s family liked the film so much that they decided to dress like its characters for Halloween. They built seven LEGO costumes and spent 70 hours pulling it together. I can only imagine the reactions they received – I wouldn’t have been able to stop myself from getting photos and talking to them. They used materials such as cardboard, packing tape, spray and acrylic paints, and styrofoam for the costumes. They took to the time to look up actual LEGO dimensions and scaled each piece of each minifig to the wearer’s height.
Here’s how they constucted the bodies and legs:
Once the dimensions were established, I used a box cutter and cut cardboard boxes to size. I started with one costume and made the body and legs to see if it would work.
I cut one box and used the long sides for the front and back of the body, then used three more ends for the sides and top. I used bowls and dinner plates to draw around for the head and arm openings.
We taped all the edges and made sure the tape was smooth — smooth tape = better painted result.
Then we put Kilz [paint] on each box and then spray painted the desired color.
Once the base coat dry, I kept a photo of the character on my computer up and hand painted each design without a pattern. It made it more interesting that way! The only character I used extra help was with batman, where I cut out the batman logo with my Silhouette and then traced around it and painted it.
The legs were the same process, free handing a pattern, cutting the cardboard, and taping them up. We painted the Kilz first and then spray painted them their respective colors.
Read more about the construction of The LEGO Movie costumes at Instructables.