Cosplayer and Disney fan Tina Elliott stole the show at the 2022 D23Expo with an outfit based on the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Disneyland. The costume surrounded Tina with a motorized mini version of the classic amusement park ride, and won her top prize for her category and the Fan Favorite award.
Some of the most creative costumes are made from unusual materials. Take, for instance, this crazy armor that kitbash artist Kami Robo Yasui crafted from a 24 traffic cones. The red thermoplastic material is unlikely to protect him from weapons, but it should keep cars from running him over.
This amazing exoskeleton suit from Skeletonics straps around a human pilot and amplifies their movements without using any motors or electrical components. While it’s not capable of lifting heavy objects like some exosuits, seeing the 9-foot-tall kinetically-powered mech mirror its operator’s movements is pretty amazing.
Costume armorer David Guyton shows us how it’s possible to sculpt a sheet of aluminum into the shape of a human face. It’s a time-consuming process to stretch and bend the metal, but with enough practice and the right tools, you could make one too. He also posted a tutorial on how to make a matching Roman helmet.
To celebrate the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Logan Winter Dominic’s dad built him the ultimate Green Goblin costume. The creepy helmet and body armor are spot-on, but it’s the hoverboard modded to look like the Goblin Glider that takes it to the next level.
What you’re looking at here isn’t a real robot, it’s a really impressive costume, built by artist XiaoQianFeng. She created the wearable mech outfit for her brother using wire mesh, paper mache, cardboard, wood, and if you can believe it, ceramic tile. The finished costume is too heavy to move around in, but it looks amazing.
To celebrate the relaunch of G4, Adam Savage and the crew from Tested created their first short film. The sci-fi film follows two astronauts who discover a mysterious video signal. It’s really less of a story and more of an opportunity for Adam to show off his awesome spacesuit builds.
Halloween may be over, but we’re still discovering some of the many awesome costumes that people wore for the holiday. Among the best ones we’ve seen is from Genevra Collier (aka tragopandemonium) who created an incredible outfit that turned her into a human lava lamp. See how she made it on YouTube.
The way that Venom comes to life from a pile of black ooze is awesomely creepy. JLaservideo wanted to replicate the effect in real life and figured out the best way to do it was to create a suit from 100,000 neodymium magnets and latex, then let ferrofluid do the rest of the work.
Inspired by the nanotech “Iron Spider” suit seen in Spider-Man: No Way Home, JLaservideo wanted to see if he could replicate Spidey’s instantly-appearing, eight-legged outfit. J’s suit hides its appearance beneath a thermochromic pigment, and has inflatable tentacles that unfurl like those party horns.
Maker and Mythbuster Adam Savage loves to show up at conventions in costumes that completely disguise his identity. For SiliCon 2021, he walked the aisles in an awe-inspiring suit based on Tony Stark’s original Iron Man Mark 1 armor. Savage recently finished the outfit after it sat gathering dust for nearly a decade.
You would think lighting anything around your on fire would be a bad idea, but that didn’t stop The Hacksmith from doing just that. In this insanely cool build, they created a version of Ghost Rider’s fiery helmet that burns propane fuel. As a bonus, they threw in a flaming chain.
Manila-based maker Real Awesome Workz shows off their epic costume replica of The Transformers’ friendly yellow autobot Bumblebee, which he built primarily out of lightweight EVA foam. The weathered paint job by Preslie Saraza and KT Berondo really help to bring it to life. Be sure to stick around to the end for Battle Mode Bee.
While attending Otakon 2019, YouTuber Nardio came across Jeremy Chang, who was showing off his truly epic cosplay of one of Warhammer 40,000’s Ultramarines’ armored suits. He used his experience working in a real space suit research lab to help design its rotating arm system. Photo gallery here.
Adam Savage plays around with an awesome new item for his collection. Designed by Gary Fay Creations, these articulated fingers elongate the wearer’s digits, while mimicking their movements. The effect is both amazing and creepy. We’re just glad they don’t have sharpened blades like Freddy Krueger’s.
From a giant Baby Yoda to a sparkly, disco-sequined Stormtrooper, the 2020 Chicago Comic Con and Entertainment Expo (aka C2E2) brought out a whole bunch of fun, fanciful, and creative costumes as usual. Insider was there this year, and captured some great video of the more entertaining designs from enthusiastic cosplayers.
Chainmaille, or colloquially “Chain Mail,” is that sweet looking flexible armor that dates back to the 3rd century BC. The real stuff is notoriously heavy and hard to construct. Tested’s Adam Savage and Ben Eadie show off a creative new way to make the stuff for costumes using laser-cut EVA foam.
Stormtroopers have been with us since the first moments of A New Hope back in 1977. With the original saga coming to a close in The Rise of Skywalker, director J.J. Abrams and other members of the Star Wars production team provide a brief history of these blindly loyal soldiers, and their various permutations over the years.
Sneaky Zebra dropped by the MCM London Comic Con in October 2019 to check out some of the show’s most awesome costumes and the dedicated fans behind them. Zebra’s slick video production and location choices really help to bring each character to life just that much more.
Maker The Q built this awesome larger-than-life, fully-articulated LEGO minifig costume using cardboard and hot glue. With more than three weeks left until Halloween, you should have plenty of time to try and replicate the design yourself. Are you up to the challenge?
Costumes, dinosaurs, engineering, and puppetry – Esmée Kramer combined these four passions into one awesome build. She spent months designing and making this amazing dinosaur rig using PVC pipes and foam panels. It really comes to life once she starts moving its head.
Prop maker David Guyton made chest armor with a computer fan in front and a LED-lit jet pack at the back. He made it mostly out of steel and MDF, but he says you can use EVA foam instead. You can purchase the template for $5 on his website or his Android app.
Between the white walkers, wights, and stone men of Old Valyria, Game of Thrones is filled with creepy creatures. In this great behind the scenes clip from HBO, meet the makeup and prosthetics artists who bring these characters to life, and add battle scars to others.