It's been a long time in my brain, and I've spent a long while trying to figure out how it will work. But starting this month I've begun work on a Buzz Lightyear costume for PAX Prime(Should have started a Month ago). I have two clear Acrylic domes on order on Maine... and they probably wont be here in time... sadly. But I am building the costume so that they can be quickly attached, assuming the measurements are accurate.
The Concept is to build as if it was the costume for a live action movie version of Buzz. I'm going for an edge, and a hint more realism, but without losing the bright colors, silhouette, and 'look' of Buzz from the toy.
For reference I'm just using found images online of Buzz, and a few pics of the toy. In addition I'm keeping in mind The SC2 Space Marine (My First big failed costume), a touch of Halo Spartan Armor, the 'Real Buzz' concept art (Where the seed of the idea came from), and thoughts from my in-progress Marvel Sentinel costumes. But mostly because I've done two sets of scary villian fantasy armor, it's time to do something science fiction and not terrifying to little children like Kael or the Witch King.
To start I built up a cardboard template. Then from there I've been building the actual armor.
The cardboard template behind some styrene and pvc foam build. The armor is reinforced with some small styrene parts riveted in. Originally my plan was to have no rivets. But it just ends up being so much more stable with rivets.
The white styene is going to be covered up by some more PVC foam plates. It's just there for stablity. My first big departure from the toy is to add some cooling vent holes on top of the breastplate.
I ordered today a dirt cheap suit of Motocross armor. It should be a great underarmor to attach everything too. Also ordered some shin armor for like 8 bucks, for the same reason. I need something stable to attach leg armor too.
I have some thick foam mats that are so popular these days. I may use them for some of the less visible areas that need a bit more flexablity. Under the arms and leg pieces. But they have such a specific 'look' about them, that I'm trying not to use them.
Still on my to-do list is just about everything.
I need to find the right pair of white gloves. I've been looking at motorcycle gloves, but it's hard to find the right white ones.
I need to find the spray paint for Buzz Purple, and Buzz Green. I suppose these don't have to be exact. But I want to keep that Buzz look.
I need a Purple Balaclava or whatever the Apollo 13 astronauts used to wear. Anyone know where I can get a pattern?
I'm building the Jetpack as just a jetpack. I'm dropping the wings, but still trying to figure out something jetpacky to do with the shape of the wings when they are retracted.
Building the chest armor first, then finishing the wrists, arms, boots, upper legs. Then finishing the chest and hopefully adding the domes.
First up I'm going to get all the basic parts together, then start detailing and greebling.
No, I have no idea how I'm possibly going to finish this damn thing in only 2 weeks. If I must I'll push this out to Emerald City Comic-con next year. But for that I have some other things in mind. This is easily my most ambitious build, and I have no idea how I'm going to finish it and still have a life. This may very well be one of those builds I get half way done with, then put on hold for six months, then finish up in 2012.
To Infinity, and BEYOND!