This is my Super Mario riding Yoshi puppet! I prefer to call it a puppet rather than costume. With fake Mario legs on the puppet & my own legs inside the Yoshi legs, It gives the illusion that you are riding a real life Cartoon Dinosaur! To add to the realism, Yoshi has a full opening & closing mouth and exending toungue
Inspiration for the costume mechanic was the goblin riders from the silly battle sequence in Jim Henson's Labyrinth.
It took about 4 months from start to finish, with about an extra month for Research & Development. Final estimated cost was around $450.
Primary materials were:
memory foam, for the skin PVC pipe & plastic canvas, for the skeleton a whole lot of hot glue & duct tape, to keep everything together paper mache of a dodgeball for the yoshi head plastic hangers, screws, bolts & red leggings to create accordian mechanism for toungue Spray paint for color. Latex paint wouldve been best, but the deadline had to be met Most importantly, since a fake one just wouldnt do:
the willpower to walk around for 5 months while growing a big handlebar mustache!
Showing off the puppet at Wizard World Comic-Con 2010 in Austin, Tx:
Making alot of Sketches, taking measurements, & going to Lowes & Home Depot to write down prices & figure out a budget. the best way to get something like this done is to spend a month drawing & thinking before you really commit to a plan. then start building, but not with the actual materials...