I didn't have any halloween parties to attend that year, and at my age I don't do much trick-or-treating, so by the time Halloween day rolled around, I still hadn't pulled together a costume. Was that going to stop an avid Instructables reader from coming through with a kick-ass Doc Ock costume? Heck no.
To be perfectly honest, while this was assembled at the last minute on Halloween night, it was not entirely a spontaneously creation. Like any good super-villian, I spent many weeks plotting and scheming.
This is my first Instructable, and probably not one that can be easily recreated to exact specifications. But if you are hell bent on making the scene as Doctor Octopus this Halloween, you should get some ideas here.
Step 1: Supplies
I had some lengths of pipe insulation on hand from an unfinished home improvement project. I also had a couple lengths of this soft copper tubing - it's the stuff you use to connect a refrigerator's ice maker to the water supply. My plan was to put the copper inside the pipe insulation to make them somewhat rigid and posable. Obviously, these would be the basis for Doctor Octopus' most distinguishing feature - his four robotic arms.
The backpack is smallish, form-fitting, and loaded with adjustment straps. I planned to somehow mount the robot arms. The other supplies were gathered as needed. In the end, they included:
- obligatory black duct tape (does this even need to be mentioned?)
- scrap piece of pine wood board
- deck screws
- "washers" (beer bottle caps)
- action accessories (neoprene back support belt, clunky sunglasses, pocket pouch thingy)
- some lengths of nylon cord