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Futurama Bender Costume

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Futurama Bender Costume


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Photo #1 - Hey MEATBAGS!!! Photo #2 - Head and neck Photo #3 - Head dome build Photo #4 - Bender Skeleton Photo #5 - Skinned the body Photo #6 - Dome Skinned Photo #7 - Skinning Finished, Mouth Cut, Visor Complete, Eyes Fit Photo #8 - Resin Complete Photo #9 - finished bodywork Photo #10 - completed body with Arms
Costume type:  Costumes for Men
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Cartoon Costumes

This homemade costume for men entered our 2014 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Aaron, the 'Bender Bending Rodriguez from Futurama' costume creator:

Bender Bending Rodriguez started life as a sheet of 1/2 foam board, lots of poster board, wood dowels, tape, and a whole lot of hot glue. Oh and did i mention a lot of hours that my wife will never let me forget about.

So first we need to build the "skeleton" (no welding required). Bender has 2 tapers in his body, one from the neck to the shoulder and from the shoulder to the waist. This requires us to cut 3 different side foam circles: neck 20", shoulders 28" and waist 24" exterior measurements, the interior circle should be cut out 1.5" smaller.

Now using 4 1/4" dowels 24" in length connect the waist to the shoulders. dig out small hols where your dowels will go to create pockets for them. Fill the pockets with hot glue and press the dowels in place. For the neck to shoulders we need to make our pockets to put our 8" dowels into on the side of the neck ring and into the inside side wall of the shoulders. (see images for reference). To make the head just cut 1 20" ring and one disk, use 12" dowels to connect the two. make another 20" disk cut in half and use to create part of the dome (unless you can find a 20" dome...i couldn't). the antenna is the small portion of an automotive funnel with a ping pong ball on top. Inside the ping pong ball is a red blinking led. I ran the wires straight down into the head.

Wrap the body and head in poster board (shiny side in), tape together with painters tape. Once all seams are taped cut out the mouth area (this is where you will look out. Take the body to a well ventilated area to paint on the fiberglass resin (this gives the body the strength).

I used fiber glass mat and resin on the inside of the body to make it even stronger, then used bondo to smooth out any big imperfections. After lots and lots of sanding, painted Bender Krylon steel gray.

The feet are made of a couple candy bowls from a party supply store attached to a pair of old shoes.

Arms, claws and legs are made from grey sweat shirt and pants with iron on black pin striping.

The eyes and antenna light up with the aide of a 12v R/C battery wired up to a switch in the cabinet. The cabinet is made of black hobby foam board and held together with lots of hot glue.

The door is held shut with a magnet latch and the head is held on with magnets embedded in the neck and bottom ring of the head.

I am sure i am forgetting things but pictures are worth 1000 words, so check them out.

Thanks For reading VOTE SMART, VOTE BENDER!!!

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#1 comment by Ollie October 28, 2014

Fantastic effort and use of materials !
Just an addition idea is use flexi 4" ducting for the shoulder and elbow joints like the tin man in wizard of oz lol
Love the costume dude

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