|Costume type:||Costumes for Adults|
This homemade costume for adults entered our 2013 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Kathleen, the 'Megazord' costume creator:
I am wearing this costume. It stands at 7 feet tall with me inside of it. Both of my brothers are cosplayers, and they make their own costumes. The quality of their costumes inspired me to make my own halloween costume that would look amazing.
The Megazord is 100% made by me. I dug through my attic to find the toy version of the Megazord from when I was younger so I could see exactly what I needed to do. Once I had something concrete to work off of, I started making the shapes of the feet. Then I moved to the basic structure of the head. This costume is made primarily of cardboard, duct tape, and paper machete. I constructed the chest piece fairly easily, then the bottom box, which is held up by suspenders. The boxes for my feet were difficult. I needed to add height to the costume to make it proportional, so I glued yoga blocks to the bottom of the foot structure to add the extra height I needed. The leg boxes and arm boxes are simply boxes with holes cut out of them. The sword is made of cardboard surrounding a toy sword, mainly for the use of its handle. The hardest part was working on the head and face. Making the proportions to not look ridiculous took a lot of measuring and re-dos before it came out right. The eyes are sunglass lenses glued to the inside of a face mask and the face mask was glued to the inside of the helmet.
The entire suit was hand painted, then had a glossy coat painted on top of the entire thing. In total it took about 3 months to build from when I started working on the first foot, to when the last coat of gloss was added.
In the middle of my construction, I learned that Jason David Frank (the original green ranger) was going to be nearby. I finished painting the helmet piece and went to meet him. He signed the back of my helmet and I glossed over it so that it would not rub off.