For most of us, growing up watching monster movies was a staple of our childhood. We loved to watch enormous atomic-fire-breathing beasts, stalking a cityscape while crushing both buildings and terrified denizens alike underfoot. At one point we've all imagined ourselves either being Godzilla, Ultraman or the Megazord itself, either defending or terrifying the imaginary cities of our minds.

We're older now, so why not bring that fantasy scenario to life by building your own Kaiju robot?

My name is Curtis Jaeger and I'm Directing my own Kaiju film, Mind City Terror.  The Kaiju genre has recently received a revival with "Pacific Rim," but regardless of your feelings for the CGI monsters of Guillermo Del Toro's film, my crew and I always had a soft-spot for the latex body suits of the originals.  There's just something so much more fun about smashing something practically.

We wanted to share how we made our costumes in hopes of encouraging other DIY filmmakers to aim high as we believe the sky is the limit for costume makers and amateur filmmakers alike.  Too often the multitasking and budgeting of filmmaking causes inexperienced makers to abandon a project before they really give it a shot, so without further introduction here is our guide to making your own Kaiju monster.

As a caveat, the instructions for this Instructable are for our project specifically.  We encourage you to experiment and share with us your results!  If you found the article helpful, check out our Kickstarter and contribute to get yourself a copy of the film when it's complete!

Step 1: 01: Concepting

Before you purchase materials you need to know what you're going for.  Like any project, a strong design concept at the start will guide you more efficiently and produce stronger results.

If budget is a concern, designing your creature based on what you know you can afford or scrap together isn't a bad idea.  If you have a lot of a certain material you can get access to, or even things like found objects, you can produce good work for little money.  However, from a design standpoint, you might find a lot of ideas in the creative process by sketching out multiple concepts.  Don't spend a lot of time on detail at the start, just focus on the big features and move on.  For design's sake, don't be afraid to make a couple crazy ones.  You might find something you like!

When you have a good start here, start selecting the ones you like best and perhaps consider integrating or changing your design to suit what you like best about each one.  Then start refining your drafts until you have something you can work with.
I've got news for you pal, the Kaiju are the big freaking monsters, not the robots. They are called Jeagers.
Not to mention: <br>Kaiju is Japanese <br>Jeager is German
Hi Jet &quot;be nice&quot;. The generic term Kaiju pre-dates the film Pacific Rim by decades and have been used to describe both the monsters and the robots/zoids/whatevers depending on the context. Jaeger as a description of a giant robot however is an invented term for the to the movie. <br> <br>This is an awesome project btw.
Jaeger means hunter.
Haha, I am all too aware as Jaeger is my last name. Though, if we were making this film in a different era I would suspect I'd have people telling me they're called megazord. <br> <br>Don't forget, Robogodzilla was considered Kaiju!
@jett I don't see anything on why you even had to be rude. I skimmed the hole thing and I think they / she /he/everyone who made this did amazing. Great work and can't wait for finished pics. Also Jett. Can you do half as good as the maker here can or are you just jealous?
Hi Jet be nice. The generic term Kaiju pre-dates the film Pacific Rim by about 30 years, Jaeger as a description of a giant robot however is an invented term for the to the movie.
Amazing job, Curtis! That movie will be awesome!
Very cool. I really like that mask.
Very cool! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see the final movie.

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