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Hello everyone, its been awhile again. Family life doesn’t leave itself much free time, but I managed to get my whole family helping with this years costumes. This year after talking it over with my sons we decided to continue with the Mega Man theme costume.  My youngest was now the same age as my oldest when we built the Mega Man costume. Of course he is about twice the size as his brother was, so the suit is tight, but he is happy to be Mega Man. My oldest thought it would be a good idea to do Proto Man. Especially when he found out that Proto Man was like Mega Man’s older brother. I haven’t finished my costume yet, when I do, I will post some more pictures, but you can probably guess what it is.

I thought it should be pretty easy since they are so similar. I could use my experience from the Mega Man costume, and make improvements along the way. The one thing I wasn't going to change was the finish. I think the fabric (cotton in this case) wrapped components make a great looking real life conversion of cartoons/video games. I ended up usi
Hello everyone, its been awhile again. Family life doesn’t leave itself much free time, but I managed to get my whole family helping with this years costumes. This year after talking it over with my sons we decided to continue with the Mega Man theme costume.  My youngest was now the same age as my oldest when we built the Mega Man costume. Of course he is about twice the size as his brother was, so the suit is tight, but he is happy to be Mega Man. My oldest thought it would be a good idea to do Proto Man. Especially when he found out that Proto Man was like Mega Man’s older brother. I haven’t finished my costume yet, when I do, I will post some more pictures, but you can probably guess what it is.

I thought it should be pretty easy since they are so similar. I could use my experience from the Mega Man costume, and make improvements along the way. The one thing I wasn't going to change was the finish. I think the fabric (cotton in this case) wrapped components make a great looking real life conversion of cartoons/video games. I ended up using XXL T-shirts for all of the fabric.  It was a cheap easy way to get this done.

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Components of the Proto Man costume:


1. Shield
2. Helmet
3. Proto Buster
4. Boots
5. Gloves & Bracers
6. Suit 


Shield



The shield is a big change from the Mega Man costume. I wanted to accomplish a few things with it. One is of course the recreation of the original. Next I wanted to make it fairly comfortable for my son to carry for a few hours. He can hold the shield with either hand, and his arm can be in either a vertical or horizontal position  I also thought it would be a great place to put the bag for collecting all his goodies.


Helmet



Since Proto Mans helmet wraps around the back of his head and stops at his cheeks I decided to get a youth motorcycle helmet. I needed something that was mostly round (and does not have funny looking forms in it). I lucked out by finding the perfect helmet on eBay for next to nothing (only spent $18 with shipping on it). Because of having a different type of helmet, this part of the build was very different, but I think it came out looking better than the Mega Man helmet.


Proto Buster



This was built in a very similar fashion as the Mega Man Mega Buster. The main difference was the extra LEDs at the tip. The tip LEDs made the build a bit more complicated. The extra LEDs required more thought as to how everything went together. A total of 12 LEDs are in the Proto Buster.


Boots



Mega Man’s costume in 2008 had had issues with the boots not staying put.  They would twist or lift up. I tried to use velcro, but it didn’t work. This year I decided to add some extra foam padding to keep things centered up, and a heavier duty elastic band. This seemed to be the ticket. I thought I might have to attach the boot to the shoe somehow, but that was not needed.

Gloves & Bracers

These were exactly the same as last year.

Suit
 



Luckily my mother-in-law was in town for a bit and made most of the suit for me. The shirt and pants are separate, and the pants have a large elastic band that is wrapped in red.  I made the scarf by just cutting out a rectangle from a yellow T-shirt.

That is the hole thing, see below for more pictures. If you are interested in how to make this costume for your young ones, or for yourself head over to instructables.com or send me a message.



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