Picture of Bender from Futurama
Last year was the first time I actually made my costume and i enjoyed it so much that this year I  figured i'd go all out. With Bender being one of my favourite characters on TV I thought he'd be the perfect costume. The body and head are made from sintra frame and styrene skin. The mouth is white mesh fabric on a sintra frame attached with velcro. I used magnets to be able to attach the cigar to the mouth. The domes on the head and the feet are made from 12" globes of the world cut in half. The arms and legs are made from thin styrene covered in duct tape and stuck together with rivets. The antenna is two door stop springs stuck together with a ping pong ball on top and a red blinking LED inside. The eyes were made from a 5" plastic yarn ball holder and they light up using white LEDs. The interior cabinet is made from sintra. Other than that it was a lot of hot glue, rivets and bondo. I'll try and come up with a more complete instructable in the next few weeks if possible.
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Rick Grimes2 years ago
Good Sir, you have given these people of Earth an amazing and inspirational recreation of a sarcastic, crude, and surprisingly shiny rear ended robot we all know and love. I have only one request and that this to flatter you by building such an awe-inspiring machine with the help of a step-by-step Instructable. Please give us this and you will forever be thanked.

P.S. Amazing build. Although when I build mine I will put a hinged "index" finger on the right hand with a lighter inside. Most likely one of those long BBQ ones and change the trigger to make it easier to use. Lastly use a metal finger as to not melt or catch anything on fire.
B_Rand2 years ago
PLEASE make an instructable! This is the best Bender costume I've seen yet.
underzenith3 years ago
Hey awesome job, I was just wondering where you bought sintra frame for the body from?
puyanera (author)  underzenith3 years ago

I used 48" x 96" x 2mm White Sintra PVC Board and 48" x 96" x 3mm Grey Sintra PVC Board


I used various thicknesses 0.020", 0.040", 0.060" and 0.080"

The thickest one for the body etc...

Hope that helps.
Hey- I was wondering- why does the body need to be coated with styrene if the sintra is already grey? Does the sintra have a foamy texture and the styrene looks more like metal?

puyanera (author)  martitm3 years ago
The sintra is a lot stiffer than the styrene so it can't really be used as the skin. I used the sintra purely to make an interior frame and then wrapped the styrene around this.
So basically you made sintra vertical supports that are attached to rings at the top and bottom? Although the top ring would be a cone shape.

I was under the impression that the sintra could be molded into the body cone shape using a heat gun- I didn't know if this would work or if the material would get messed up easily due to uneven heating/bending (I have never used this material).

Thanks again,
rmason63 years ago
This is the best Bender costume I've seen anywhere. You nailed it with the arm/leg coverings. This thing looks like a studio prop. Great job!
avanderveen3 years ago
Fantastic job!
chicopluma4 years ago
pure awsomeness
a754444 years ago
Post an instructable on how to make it
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Puma684 years ago
"I have a dream. A dream of killing all humans."
This is the best Bender suit I've seen yet. Great job man, great job.
Phiasmom04 years ago
That is perfect!!!! Any ideas on how to make they cyclops eye for my daughter who want to be leela?
I would suggest using maybe a 6x- speaker grill spray-painted white. Not sure on the rest of the head but I just thought I'd throw it out there.

cool bananas yewwwww best bender ever
favrock4 years ago
Great, congratulations!
Marsell4 years ago
WoW :)
Love it!
~~Anna Bender
boma234 years ago
haha, much neater than mine from last year, good job!

My tip: an upside water cooler 10 gallon makes an awesome head, you just need to chop the mouth out - i used white mesh painted to see out of too, and got a little carried away with my chest cavity...


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skipernicus4 years ago
Fantastic - the best detail is the contents of the abdomen. Priceless!
tarzioo4 years ago
OH MY GOD I am sincerely impressed! Fantastic work!
xuchilan5 years ago
simply amazing! That is the most ligit bender i've seen yet, i love how u added the beer fridge lol ... pure awsmness 8D
macogala5 years ago
Can anyone explain me what sintra frame and styrene skin are? I'm italian and I can't find them on the dictionary..

Thanks to all


puyanera (author)  macogala5 years ago

I used 48" x 96" x 2mm White Sintra PVC Board and 48" x 96" x 3mm Grey Sintra PVC Board


I used various thicknesses 0.020", 0.040", 0.060" and 0.080"

The thickest one for the body etc...

Hope that helps.
Oh yes, thank you very much!

I have just some other questions:

1) Isn't the body larger at the top and smaller at the bottom? I mean it looks like a V. Isnt it? if it is, how how you create that effect?

2) Are the body top and bottom circles, or are they elliptical? I mean the borders of the body.

3) The last one, I think, reading again your description, I think I dont understand how the legs and the arms are made. You talk about  think styrene again, but they seem they are made of metal. Is that an effect of the duct tape?

Thank you again. I hope I can ask you again if I'll need.

puyanera (author)  macogala5 years ago
1) Yep the body is narrower at the bottom than the top. It's basically a partial cone shape and it took some high school geometery to be able to figure out the proper dimensions.

2) Yes the body is circular when viewed from above.

3) That's right the duct tape is what makes the arm and legs look metalic.
xbox1kid5 years ago
awesome job dude
i would totally make one for halloween
Camisado5 years ago
slimguy3795 years ago
nice mame machine.
wolfmanthe5 years ago
that's genius, where did you get those labels though, I've been trying to find a printable slurm logo i can wrap around a soda can.
 I bought an actual Slurm energy drink in a Spencers at the mall once, maybe you could just buy one there.
puyanera (author)  LagmastaC5 years ago
I found one of them on the web and the others a i just made up from screen shots in photoshop.
pokiespout5 years ago
 Well done, mate!  I've seen a few attempts before, but this is the most convincing Bender I've run across yet!  

I've been trying to get my boyfriend to participate in Halloween for years now, but Bender is the only idea that would ever get him to actually DO IT.  So I will be sharing your instructable with him, and hopefully he'll be inspired enough to give it his own spin.  Thank you!

And remember, if you're at a loss for ideas next year, all you need to do is make a magnetic goatee and go as Flexo!
PsychoKlown5 years ago
Is this the same Bender from the Phenomenauts show? Awesome costume!
That's too funny that you mention the Phenomenauts robot. I built that about 5-6years ago, and I brought it along when I was doing some special effects for a video they were shooting. I have not worn it again till I rebuilt it for Halloween this year. I made it more steampunk looking and replaced the lightbulb eyes with Battery powered plasma globes.
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
friggen' awesome!
bdunni885 years ago
 This is really great dude!
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