So my mom sent me this gel-filled mat thing which was shipped around this real nice, sturdy cardboard tube. After admiring the mat, I immediately put the tube on my arm and started shooting at my roommate with my new arm-cannon. This got me to thinking about famous wielders of the arm-cannon throughout history, which got me to pondering Metroid. I recalled that my friend Joni had been musing about wanting to be some kind of super-heroine for Halloween this year. It hit me. "Holy Smokes!" I thought, "That Samus Aran is pretty super-heroinic! I wonder if we could build a whole costume around a shipping-tube arm-cannon?"

A couple trips to Goodwill and some searching around the basement for all those LEDs that I pulled out of that dumpster a while ago, and we were ready to find out.

<PS - I unfortunately didn't find out about the Halloween contest until after the Samus Helmet™ was already made, so I didn't even think to take any pictures. Whoops. Turns out, though, that the same model of steam cleaner that I used to make the helmet is apparently utilized at my work place. So I did take some before-type pictures, and some afters of the, uh, finished product, so you guys can probably figure it out. All it took was some blue LEDs, a Dremel and some red spraypaint. And lots of electrical tape.>
Tight job! I love the &quot;Blam&quot; picture; what a space bounty hunter!
Her helmet's on!<br />
lol joni if u see this i want ur costume
Wow I love how the helmet is made from a vacuum!
This costume RULES! It was really fun to wear. Gus is so freaking crazy with imagination and wonderfulness.
Awesome. I&nbsp;like the cardboard tube seed of inspiration.<br />
This costume rules!!! &nbsp;<br /> It's super creative that you made it with stuff that was headed for the trash, how imaginative!
It's Samus. HOLY&nbsp;COW! That's a great custom made costume. <br />
Nice work! Amazing costume made of re-used items. Thanks for keeping Halloween awesome and GREEN!<br />
I'm digging this Sport Goods Samus! Great DIY.<br />

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