There is no such thing as too many tauntaun costumes. We featured one around Halloween, and Instructables user 3Designs made one for his four-year-old. As he points out, it’s not the first kid riding a tauntaun costume ever made. He crafted this Star Wars ride in a short amount of time after he was inspired by seeing his kid wearing an ostrich costume. So, he started with that costume and modified it. He modeled the tauntaun’s head in Zbrush and 3D printed it. You can see the ostrich costume 3Designs started with below, and this is how he transformed it into a tauntaun shape:
2. I shaped some foam ‘ribs’ that ran down the front and the back of the neck, with a LOT of hot glue. My thinking here was that since the neck was just stuffed with fiber fill, some extra rigidity would come from these strips and the copious amounts of hot glue. I was largely right, but I still think I might add a wire If I attempted something similar in future.
3. I made some foam ‘pads’ to provide more of a ‘shoulder’ like a Tauntaun has.
4. I made some foam pieces to achieve the ‘dog’ like leg that a Tauntan has.
5. I made a foam tail. This happens to fit very nicely under the tail stump that is already present in the base costume.
See more photos at Instructables.