Introduction: LMFAO Robot/Shufflebot Head
After watching the LMFAO party rock anthem video on Youtube, I decided to be that random shufflebot in the clip. If you're looking for an awesome but simple and easy costume for Halloween, you have come to the right place!
Step 1: Helmet and Box
To keep your head still and securely inside the box while your shuffling, you need a helmet. I have a small old yellow skateboard helmet my sister gave me. Don't worry if you have a ugly helmet and look like a retard like I am since the helmet goes in the box Make sure the helmet stays attached in the box securely. My helmet fits almost perfectly inside the box, so I just used some glue to put them together.
I have a box that used to hold paper rolls. You need a box that is a bit bigger than your head so that your nose is not squished against the cardboard while doing the Charleston. My box is about 38*32*40cm.
Since the LMFAO robot head is gold, we must also paint it gold. I found gold acrylic paint at the local dollar store. If you can't find any dollar store paint (by the way which is great) your hardware store should sell gold spray paint. I haven't tried gold spray paint before, so use it with your own discretion.
Step 2: Cutting Eyeholes and a Mouth
Choose one side of the box and cut two large circles out and a rectangular mouth. We are using the mouth as a place to look out through. I used a CD to trace out the eyes and the mouth is about 10*30 cm wide. You will have to stick your helmet and head in to see where to put the mouth needs to go.
Next, you need dark film (car window tinting film works well) so that from the outside, the eyes and mouth look black. I didn't put any film on the mouth so that I can see better when it's dark, so it's optional. A gluestick to attach the plastic to the cardboard should suffice.
By the way, each side of the robot head has something sticking out. I made those by sticking plastic bottlecaps together and painting them gold. Then I glued and stapled them to the cardboard.
Step 3: Eye Lights
The eyes of the LMFAO robot light up, so I made two light strips with 6 red LEDs each (bought from Ebay for under $3) by soldering the LED leads together on a board.
To make a simple light strip, you need two thin wood boards with two rows of six small holes to put the LED leads through. Then put the positive end on one row. I made a mistake of not doing that and had to rewire the board twice. Basically, it is 6 LEDs wired in parallel. You also need wires on the circuit
Each light strip is about 3-4.5 volts, and you can wire a strobe circuit or something to make it flash. By the way, the real LMFAO robot head's lights flash out of sync and probably at different speeds. A search on LED circuits will probably come up with something useful.
Once you finish wiring the lights, you need to attach it to the cardboard so that it's visible through the eye holes, so we glue it!
Step 4: Shuffling!
Every shufflebot isn't a shufflebot if they can't shuffle. Thankfully, "shuffling" or the "Melbourne shuffle" is a really easy style of dance.
The basic steps to the "Running Man"
1) Place one foot in front of the other, as if you're walking.
2) Raise one knee in about a 70-90 degree angle.
3) Place the knee down while sliding the other foot behind the other.
4) Repeat in rapid succession.
For learning the shuffle and other moves, YouTube will be your friend!