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    Nov 20, 2006, 10:13 AM - #1

    Thought i show pics of me in costume over the weekend first time wearing it for a kid toy/game convention our local 501st attended. The mouth on the mask opens when i open my mouth, and closes with springs. Also have sound effects too, till i learn to use my own voice. THe whole costume is still a work in progress, gotta do some more trimming, so i dont shed, and pull more hair out, too thick in spots yet, more work on the face yet, and add some fans. Plus air out the mask, between clear coat and hair spray, i started getting dizzy after a few hours. I didnt realize i put my feet on wrong, left on the right, and vice versa, so after 2.5 hours, couldnt walk anymore, the kids there loved it thou. Sorry for the crappy pics, didnt bring the better camera with, the second pic is with my beautiful wife.


    I was pretty exhausted from this, last two weeks spending 6 hours a night to finish it up to wear, and have a christmas parade in two weeks to look forward to.


    ps. A HUGE thanks to Richard aka rileyreplicas, he has been a big help to me, great guy, thank you Richard. Your the best.




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    Nov 20, 2006, 10:52 AM - #2

    Your bandolier is too small, ofcourse, and Chewbacca shouldn't have a frown. Other than that, you are ahead.
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    Nov 20, 2006, 11:18 AM - #3

    Wow. I think that looks great. I would think Chewie is a VERY tough costume to do.
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    Nov 20, 2006, 12:20 PM - #4

    yea the bandolier has to be adjusted yet, but the mask isnt a frown, especially when i open my mouth. Thanks for the input. Yes the costume is VERY hard to do.
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    Nov 20, 2006, 1:33 PM - #5

    Great job. Just a few tweaks here and there, and it'll be even more amazing. BTW do you use costume teeth as well to show when the mouth is open?


    :fettrotj

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    Nov 20, 2006, 2:00 PM - #6

    yes, got a full set of acrylic teeth from monsters. and just had to make the canines. Ill take some more pics of it when i get home later tonight. Ill be doing the tweaks over the next couple of weeks, kinda burnt out so taking it easy. lol
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    Nov 20, 2006, 4:38 PM - #7

    Three things to say :
    1)GREAT costume
    2)not necessarily Chewbacca but
    3) DEFINITELY a great Wookiee warrior ...

    Ever though of adding wookiee armour to that costume ?

    Has anybody done a warrior yet ?

    Michael


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    Nov 20, 2006, 5:53 PM - #8

    takevin, NICE JOB. I like it...
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    Nov 20, 2006, 6:21 PM - #9

    Nice work, I wouldn't even know where to start on a costume like that
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    Nov 20, 2006, 6:34 PM - #10

    Looks like a nice walking carpet to me.

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    Nov 20, 2006, 6:39 PM - #11

    Great job. How hot is it in that thing?

    Randy
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    Nov 20, 2006, 8:07 PM - #12

    thankyou all for the kudos on the costume, its really not too bad, only wore it for 2.5 hours, but was actually pretty cool in it over all. I used a thin sleeved shirt and pants, the hair was glued on. The mask was the hottest, didnt have time to put fans in before the con, something i will do during the week. I guess ill find out more if ill get hot when i do more events and wear it longer. I plan on getting one of those cooler vests for wearing this costume in summer to help keep me cool. My predator costume which is made out of furniture foam is a oven. But i could actually feel whisps of wind on me when i was walking around in the chewie suit. Of course this suit sheds like you wouldnt believe. Ive been using special scissors that thin the hair down, which i still need to do to take out more bulk out of the suit yet.
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    Nov 20, 2006, 11:27 PM - #13

    For a first stage Chewie, I think it looks great. Please update us with progress pics as you continue your tweaks. BTW, what kind of fur did you use?

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    Nov 21, 2006, 9:38 AM - #14

    Heres a pic with the mouth open btw The hair kanekulon from sally beauty supply.
    2 bucks per bag, flows real nice.
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    Nov 21, 2006, 2:34 PM - #15

    That is WOW....I know that suit took alot of time and devotion....very nice indeed.The teeth look great.

    If I may be so bold to ask (and ya dont have to answer) but how much did such a suit run price wise? I know I'll never be tall enough for a wookie but for my son,it would make a great wookie child.
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    Nov 21, 2006, 4:13 PM - #16

    well this is all scratch made by me, yes a lot of time, devotion, frustration, etc at a guess for breakdown

    hair=$140
    shirt/pants=$20 bucks
    boots=$30
    wood to raise the boots=$5
    foam for boots/feet=$15
    clay, molding, casting materials=$140.00
    hot glue=free from where i work otherwise =50
    misc=$20
    fans, amp, sound effect=$150.00 did get the sound board for free too.
    =$580.00 abouts,

    time to assemble=$hundreds lol


    u can do stilts, or platform boot/feet, the latter which i did raises me 8 inches, plus the head brings me around 7'1, ill probably add another inch or so yet too
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    Nov 21, 2006, 7:35 PM - #17

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(takevin @ Nov 21 2006, 04:13 PM) [snapback]1362936[/snapback]</div>
    u can do stilts, or platform boot/feet, the latter which i did raises me 8 inches, plus the head brings me around 7'1, ill probably add another inch or so yet too
    [/b]
    How hard is it to walk? or should I say how heavy ?
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    Nov 21, 2006, 9:17 PM - #18

    What did you use to construct the head sculpt? You mentioned casting materials. It seems the back of the head could actually be made porous so you could get some airflow through the hair.
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    Nov 21, 2006, 9:25 PM - #19

    i gotta get around to wearing the feet, but im guessing around 6 or 8 pounds, so not a biggie, ill look good and get a workout at the same time. It wasnt hard to walk really, still getting used to it. I made the bottom of the foot basically a size 19 so its very stable to walk on, the boot and lifts done just like a regular shoe.I first did a lifesculpt of my face, casted that, then use oil clay and built the undermask that resembles a gorilla skull for all intent purposes. Molded and casted that, cut the lower jaw off, and hinged and put springs so it could open and close. The one person who did chewie and runs the chewbacca resource website along with the yahoo forum just used strips of plastic, but it doesnt look natural in the back, and he was going to switch to what i did right away. I only took the upper back half of my head and molded and casted that, and spliced it into the front mask, so i have the lower back of my head open, just covered with hair, and it looks very rounded and natural, i was still quite cool for just wearing it 2.5 hours but will add one fan to the inside. I also had to scuplt and cast the toes too. Let me know if you have any other questions.
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    Nov 22, 2006, 3:06 AM - #20

    he looks so sad. lol
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    Nov 22, 2006, 8:25 AM - #21

    Agreed........the entire mouth section needs to be tilted (back of mouth tilted up, front of mouth tilted down). At this stage, I don't know how you'd even be able to do it.

    Other than that......it really looks nice.

    Dave
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    Nov 22, 2006, 9:15 AM - #22

    How did you do the hands? The palm part?
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    Nov 22, 2006, 10:09 AM - #23

    quote"he looks so sad. lol"

    it may look that way, but when the mouth opens it shows a smile. In order to show different emotions whether the mouth is open or closed. The undermask from the original was made and designed in the same manner. I can refer pictures if u like. The hands are just gloves with hair over it, i might add nails and latex the finger parts down the road, but since you really dont see them dont know if its worth doing.
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    Nov 28, 2006, 4:05 PM - #24

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(takevin @ Nov 21 2006, 09:13 PM) [snapback]1362936[/snapback]</div>
    hair=$140
    shirt/pants=$20 bucks
    boots=$30
    wood to raise the boots=$5
    foam for boots/feet=$15
    clay, molding, casting materials=$140.00
    hot glue=free from where i work otherwise =50
    misc=$20
    fans, amp, sound effect=$150.00 did get the sound board for free too.
    =$580.00 abouts,

    time to assemble=$hundreds lol
    [/b]
    Making children smile ear to ear = Priceless

    Great job, Kevin. The costume rocks..

    And just to reiterate my reply to your PM, take your time in making any adjustments. In my experience, it is best to wear the costume several times first, work out any functional kinks, and during that time evaluate how the costume looks in photographs in different lighting, different settings, etc. (I did this over the course of a few months.) This will allow the hair to "settle in", and will give you a much better perspective on the entire costume, as to what tweaks if any you want to make.

    In the meantime, just enjoy the fruits of your hard work, by making those kids smile ear to ear.

    The Wook

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