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Bumblebee Costume

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Bumblebee Costume

Bumblebee hanging out in my living room.

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Photo #1 - Bumblebee hanging out in my living room. Photo #2 - Cannon spinning. Photo #3 - In my garage being built.
Costume type:  Costumes for Men
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Movie and TV Show Costumes

This homemade costume for men entered our 2013 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Greg, the 'Bumblebee' costume creator:

Happy Halloween, everyone! I have always been a fan of Transformers, so I thought I'd make a Transformers costume. I constructed my Bumblebee costume by creating a wooden skeleton over a hiking backpack frame to support the torso, and used mailing and carpet tubes on wooden frames for the arms. The head rests on a bike helmet that sits on my head. To replicate the blue eyes, I placed the gems from novelty rings and lights wired to a battery pack inside clear spherical Christmas ornaments. Bumblebee's cannon spins and lights up, thanks to a modified drill rigged to an LED array and switches inside the arm.

The toughest component was the legs, which needed to be flexible and sturdy enough for me to walk safely. I bought drywall stilts on eBay, reinforced them with wood, and placed hinges on the ankles and feet to allow for a range of walking motions. To finish off the look, I hand-cut pieces of the armor plating/body panels from foam board, coated them in vinyl appliqué, and painted them. I even added scratches and blemishes to show a Bumblebee hardened by battle with Decepticons!

Bumblebee stands just under 8 feet tall and took 400 hours and cost about $2,500 to build. Here are a couple photos of me wearing the costume, as well as a photo of Bumblebee during the construction process.

Rating: 4.0 of 5. Votes: 38

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#1 comment by Shani September 22, 2014

Do you do birthday parties? My son would love this!!

#2 comment by Greg September 22, 2014

I have never done a birthday party, but I live in the Dallas area and go to events at Children's Medical Center to cheer up the kids. I can definitely appreciate how much kids love Bumblebee!

#3 comment by adriana November 4, 2014

Its my sons birthday on the 22nd he would love to have bumblee come suprise him after school. Do you do things like that? And if so how much? It would be just for an hour. He would be so happy !!

#4 comment by James November 12, 2014

Awesome costume!
How much for you to make one for me?

#5 comment by India November 18, 2014

This is the coolest costume I've ever seen. Great job!

#6 comment by Gemma December 17, 2014

where can I buy one like this

#7 comment by Maksat August 10, 2015

Hello Greg. How can I make this costume? Or maybe you make it for me for money? I work in managing parties and cheering up a kids in hospitals. Can you contact me? masdemon[at]gmail.com

#8 comment by Greg August 10, 2015

Unfortunately, I don't have time to build them for people or provide super detailed instructions on how I build them. If you google Cockeyed Bumblebee or go to this link http://www.cockeyed.com/incredible/guest/bumblebee/bumblebee.shtml you can see an overview. I take my costumes to children's hospitals too, so good on you for doing the same!

#9 comment by Cicy September 21, 2015

Can you make me one and sell it to me please?
Please get into contact with me so we can discuss

#10 comment by Shawn Newton October 28, 2015

I live in Dallas too. Would you be willing to sell this one?!

#11 comment by ivan October 30, 2015

please post a video. is it for sale? do you make other costumes?

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