Wasn't able to find the costume anywhere, so the comparison had to be made with what I could find online. Canadian retailers (yes, I am Canadian) apparently sold the costume for $85 (all prices in CAD, not USD). The one you will see here amounted to $5-$10 more, so I'll round it off to an even $100.
While the costume is not 100% movie-accurate, this is as close as I could make it, given the budget and circumstances. No power tools were used and much of it was improvised with the material that was on hand. Got no clue how much time was put into making it. Couldn't even give you a ballpark figure, so don't even ask.
Measurements have intentionally been left out. The principles and methods outlined here are far more important than minor details like these. Besides, I can't give away all my secrets :)
There are enough pieces to the costume for many of them to have their own Instructable, but I figured it would be nice to have everything in the same document so it's all easy to find. This is by no means written in any particular chronological order as several pieces were being worked on at any given time. Essentially, the costume (and this Instructable) can be broken down into the following parts:
-the shin guards
-the elbow and knee pads
-the guns and holsters
-the shoulder pads
-the torso armor
Keep in mind this has been written with the assumption that some viewers will skip ahead or go back and forth in order to focus on what supports their interest at that particular time. Consequently, some points are mentionned more than once in different steps.
Once in a while throughout this Instructable you will see DAISNAID, an acronym for Do As I Say, Not As I Do. These are hints and suggestions that y'all can use to make an even better costume than what you see here. Most are things I would do or take into consideration if I was going to repeat the process.
Please leave me some comments when you're done going through this Instructable, especially constructive ones so the whole community can learn together, including myself.
Well then, let's get started, shall we?