This is my latest giant walking costume/prop using and expanding on what I learned from making the 25 foot long walking Star Wars Dewback lizard some of you have already seen here. Like the dewback this creature has a pvc tubing skeleton, and scales made from army surplus foam sleeping mats. The dragon can actually walk on its own power by means of the hind legs which are actually the knight's real legs mounted on dry wall stits over which the dragon feet have been made. The knight's armored legs are simply foam covered in real steel armor and held in place by the stirrups. The dragon's head can be raised and lowered, and moved from side to side by use of the armored reins, much as one would control a real horse. Through hidden cables in the neck, the dragon's mouth can also open and snap shut. Lound roaring sound effects are now in the works. The wings can be raised an lowered through another control, and the tail can also be thrashed from side to side. The chain mail skirting hides tires which makes it possible for one person to 'walk' this gigantic prop. All of the armor is made of real steel, and based on original German Gothic armor for man and horses from the latter 15th century. All of the dragon's claws are made from real cow horns. The creature was first display at the Cincinatti Comic Expo last year, and I am planning to lead the Dragon Con parade with it in Atlanta this Summer as I have done in the past with some of my smaller dragon props/costumes in the past. Based on the new film Smaug, I am now working to mount the wings on the forearms in a more realistic 'pterosaur' configuration and will also be able to move the front feet in a walking motion.