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Making Shulk's Monado

Hey all,
   
    Thank you for checking out my question. My oldest son wants to be Shulk from Super Smash Bros Wii U this year for Halloween and I am trying to figure out how to make the sword for the character. Its called the Monado. Its huge and it has 5 different symbols that each light up a different color in the clear circle part of the sword.

I'm thinking of fabricating it from foam like others have done with fabricated weapons on here. I need to figure out what I can use for the clear circle part. The cheapest option. And how to make it light up and be able to change the lights and have the lights coordinate with the symbols.

I'm thinking RGBs and an Arduino Uno could do the job. If I had a matrix of them and code to light them up in the pattern of the symbol in the correct color. Im wondering id this is the cheapest and best solution to the problem and if it will work. And if so, I'm not really sure how to make my own matrix and I'm having trouble finding an instructable that dumbs it down enough for me. Then I need help with the code for it, or to be pushed in the right direction with some started code and a working understanding.

The sword is supposed to open and a blade extend but I am not planning on making that part work.

Thank you for any help or suggestions you may have.

I am having trouble with the uploader to add photos.

I would suggest you go with Neopixel strips to do the lights.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Neopixel-Xbox-Red-...

Since it is for the kid and not to be super authentic to detail for cosplay I would simplify the elements in the design a bit. You could just use two smaller clear plastic plates back to back to make the clear center disk. The plates would probably have some design or you can cut or scribe in some markings to make some other symbol. I would bet the light up effect in different colors will be cool enough to use that you don't need the changing characters. Just get a longer length of the Neopixel strip to light up the other parts of the prop. Good luck.

ecsaul23 (author) 1 year ago

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ecsaul23 (author) 1 year ago

Here are some photos of the Monado

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