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Lego Boba Fett Costume

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    Lego Boba Fett Costume

    Greetings everyone,

    I recently (semi) completed a Lego Boba Fett (Lego set 9496 - Desert Skiff) costume for my 6 year old son. We took the costume for a trial run at a local toycon this past Sunday. I still have to finish building the arms and blaster, as well as tweaking a few things such as the cape fabric. I approached the components of this project as if they were actual Lego elements. In doing so, I created the jetpack to be removable as it appears in the actual minifigure as well as the range finder stalk. The entire costume is built from scratch using photo references and scans I took myself. The costume is built primarily out of sintra with pink insulation foam used to carve the helmet dome and a small amount of plastazote foam used on the tips and base of the jetpack rockets. Torso and leg graphics are printed on adhesive vinyl while a custom green was used to colour match the helmet and jetpack. I would be happy to post progress photos of the build if anyone is interested in seeing the journey. Oh!, and there may soon be a certain someone, frozen in a certain something being pushed around by Lego Fett ; )
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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    That is AMAZING! I think seeing how you did this would be super cool!

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    Yes, please post the WIP pics. That is an awesome suit.

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    Okay, it's settled then. I'll start compiling the images tomorrow. Thank you for the feedback.
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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    At first I thought it was the actual figure, damn, awesome work CG!

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    Im going watch this

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    hooooly sheeet... you must be the best dad ever.. this is brilliant!

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    Fantastic work

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    I thought this was the actual mini figure for a second!

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    CGS1 said: View Post
    I would be happy to post progress photos of the build if anyone is interested in seeing the journey. Oh!, and there may soon be a certain someone, frozen in a certain something being pushed around by Lego Fett ; )
    Yes and yes please!!
    Oh and welcome to TDH, what a great way to introduce yourself!

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    that is AWESOME!!!

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    Love it ! Fantastic job CGS1!!! Looking forward to a certain someone....

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    Thank you all for the warm reception. Where would be the best forum to post the WIP pics, here in the thread or elsewhere?

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    This thread should be ok for the WIP pics

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume WIP - Helmet

    Some background on myself. I've been a graphic designer for almost 20 years, started sculpting more seriously about 10-12 years ago, and started carving / building for a mascot company about a year and a half ago. With that said, although I do understand mold making and vacuum forming processes, I have no experience in either. So, I build or sculpt everything and that's where the process usually ends.
    As mentioned, I built this costume primarily out of sintra (PVC foam board) because it has some flexibility, is easy to work with, and can produce a nice finished surface.

    All elemets of this costume were approached the same way - photos, measurements, 2D drawings, scale, proportions. I used Adobe illustrator to hash out linear drawings of the helmet. Once I had the correct size of the dome, I was able to start. After a couple failed attempts at creating the dome with plastazote foam (making wedges to form the dome) I decided to carve it the old fashion way and simply used pink insulation foam from Home depot. Once I completed the dome, I began building the helmet using the antenna mount as my anchor point. I used a heat gun to shape and form the sintra, and glued layers to create the details throughout the helmet. After a few revisions ( the dark green concave section wasn't deep enough and I had to redo it) the helmet was ready for bondo glazing putty. I use this to fill the seams and rough spots in order to achieve a seamless plastic molded look, much like a Lego minifigure.
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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume Helmet 2

    Next, it's on to priming and sanding. I tried a filler primer for the first time which I found nice. It helped fill small imperfections. however, I sanded and primed over it several times with Krylon Rudy red, not much of the filler primer was recognizable. I also flexbonded the insulation foam on the dome in order to allow for painting. Flexbond is basically a glorified white glue and acts as both a sealant and smoothing agent. It's brushed on and then wet smoothed with your fingers. The T-Visor was created using 1/16" plexiglass and was nothing short of frustrating. Unlike Boba Fett's helmet visor from the trilogy which is mounted from behind, the Lego Boba Fett Visor is flush with the helmet. Fitting the visor into place was lengthy and required a lot of fine-tuning. I used tabs that were set 1/16" below the surface of the helmet and both glued and double sided taped the visor into place.
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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    Wow this suit is amazingly detailed and Fettastic! Well done sire parenting done right!

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume WIP - Helmet continued

    Sorry, got off track for a bit. Here are more photos of the helmet in progress.
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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume - Building the Jetpack

    I approached the jetpack the same way as the helmet. I photographed the side, back, top and bottom of the Lego jetpack using my iPhone. I then opened the images in Adobe Illustrator, traced key elements of the design, scaled the drawing to the appropriate dimension and printed out the 2D drawings. Using the actual size drawings, I measured each panel, piece, rocket etc. to help establish the process of building. I started with the mount that attaches to the top of the torso and worked my way down. Each piece is cut, and glued like you would a model, until the jetpack was formed. I carved the rocket tips and exhausts using plastazote and coated them with flexbond for painting. The jetpack attaches to the torso using 2 clips I created that sink into torso and hold it in place.
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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume - Bulding the Jetpack 2

    Further progress and finished jetpack.
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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    Fantastic work! I'm jealous!


    As you wish

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    Love it, thanks so much for taking the time to post up pics!

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    My pleasure.

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    Re: Lego Boba Fett Costume

    Such a wonderful build. Please give us more.

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