[Editor's note: craineum's epic Halloween costumes are finally done! Check out craineum's entire process in making all three costumes and follow the links at the end of the post to find out how exactly he made the fantastic Mega Man costume. -- CTZ]
Ever since I got out of high school and into college, I realized that I should not be ashamed of the geek inside. Once this revelation hit me, there has been a desire building inside of me to create my own Halloween costumes. But there was always something that stopped me ... time, money, idea's, or just being plain lazy. I never had the right motivation. It is amazing how having kids will motivate people to do things they normally would never try.
This grabbed me for a couple of reasons. The Characters were the right size, they didn't seem to difficult to build, and I completely remembered watching this crappy show! So it was decided, I would be Captain N, 3-year-old would be Mega Man, 1-year-old would be Pit.
* Captain N *
As I wanted something that looked good and seemed authentic, I decided to purchase a real letterman jacket and tweak it for my needs. This was the hardest item to acquire for all the costumes since it was so specific. I was watching eBay for about a month before the right size/color/price came up. I got this Jacket for $20!!! It is a real letterman jacket, made of wool and leather. It came with a big white "M" on it instead of a black "N". The "N" cost me more than the jacket ... with shipping $30. I took this to the local dry cleaner and they sewed it on for $4. It would have been way more hassle to stitch it on ourselves (since we didn't have the knowledge, and still haven't figured out how they did it so cleanly), so this was well worth it.
The light gun I already had, so all I did was to take it apart, and disconnect the wire (which had a plug connector inside the gun). The I bought a gun holster for a few bucks.
I could have made this myself, but with the work that was going into the Mega Man costume, I didn't want to overload myself. I found a site called NESBuckle.com, which had what I needed. Awesome I thought, after placing the order, I never heard anything from them. I think the site was legit, have seen so much stuff around the net about them, but seems like they may have gone defunct?!? So right now I have an open claim with PayPal trying to get my money back. Long story short ... don't buy anything from them. However, I did find the same thing on eBay for $30, Score!
This was the cheapest and easiest of the three. I got the wings at Party City for about $15 (which the little one is refusing to wear now). I modified them by cutting down the straps so they would fit on my 1-year-old. The toga (or small woman's shirt) and belt were picked up from Goodwill for about $7 for both. The belt had to be shortened to fit my 1-year-old as well. Picked up a small bow for a couple of dollars. The leather shoes we already had matched well.
This took about 15 - 20 hours. I got respect for the hot glue gun as I received several burns and blisters from it. The Cars bike helmet was $20, frisbee free. LED's/electronics were about $10. The foam/fabric was from Goodwill type places and were about $5. My only regret is that the helmet seems big on him. I would like a little bit tighter fit, but I am still very happy with the final product.
This took about 15 - 20 hours. I few less burns and blisters during this build, even though it was much more complex. The tupperware was about $15, LED's/electronics $15. When I finished this ... I was giddy. I thought it looked pretty good for my first ever costume build. All the warm comments from the Destructoid community just drove me on further.
This was about 6 hours. By this time, I stopped burning myself (Yay!). The only additional cost here was the blue foam, which I think was a couple of dollars at Goodwill.
This was about 4 hours.
My wife said she spent about 5 hours on this. Again, can't thank her enough.
Thanks Chad ... could not have said it better.