Ryan had an epic Halloween costume idea for several years before he and his wife discovered they were expecting a baby. But as soon as they learned she was pregnant, Ryan set to work turning his dream into reality.
Two months before their son Geraint was born, Ryan began sketching out designs. It was perfect timing, because planning for the baby gave him the supplies he needed. “With so much baby stuff coming in the mail, we had plenty of boxes for him to work with, so he just had to buy a few things to make it,” PutABowOnIt wrote on Imgur.
The inspiration for Ryan’s costume is a computer game series that he played in high school called MechWarrior.
“Ryan built a frame for the body out of PVC and wrapped a cardboard shell around it and secured it to the frame with zip ties. He then cut and sculpted the other pieces out of cardboard, with some foam board details to add a true 3D effect”, his wife explained. “The joints are all fastened with Velcro cable wraps, and the head and other pieces attach to the main body with Velcro tape.”
Ryan also used items like toilet paper tubes! “The legs are supported by a belt, which is hidden under the body. His arms slip into the gun pods and he has more Velcro straps on the inside in order to hold them. The feet just fit over his shoes by gluing toilet paper tubes on the inside to take up the extra space.”
When he was done, Geraint and his dad strapped themselves in and were ready to take on Halloween! Watching them in the video below, it’s obvious the father and son are about to embark on the best trick or treating adventure ever!
“He did a wonderful job and I am so proud of him,” Ryan’s wife wrote. “It looks amazing and Geraint loves it!”
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