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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:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FkxJjTW_M4

Step 1: Research & Development

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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...

Step 2: Pre-Production Work

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I made the skeleton prototype out of foam noodles & duct tape. Not too much duct tape, as I needed it to come apart easily.  It made it easier to assemble & re-assemble until i got it right.  Once that was done, I proceeded to the PVC pipe skeleton
 
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splazem3 years ago
Amazing. Just amazing.
pivanov5 splazem6 months ago

Well done! And very-very nice!

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SlippingHalo11 months ago
Awesome work!
So cool
Cool but mario's legs should be going down not along
memorris0272 years ago
No way! Sweet!
caasi882 years ago
could you maybe make a minecraft spider jockey. name your price!!
the streek (author)  caasi882 years ago
i just looked up what a Minecraft Spider Jockey is, & that looks really easy to make. just mix my tutorial with THIS GUYS TUTORIAL, & you'll have your costume in no time.  Trust me, you'll feel so much better telling everyone on Halloween that you made it yourself!
dimitrov_s2 years ago
very very nice!

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U4563 years ago
i have the coin block that used to have candy in it i am going to make it a coin block back
U456 U4562 years ago
i mean bank
Mr. Noack2 years ago
This is pretty freakin' sweet!! Well done sir!
takboilaw3 years ago
Your are genious, very nicely done. you entertain not only the kids but the rest of the people there.

as what mrmerino said ...this is awesome. It is really awesome!!!!!!!!!
U4563 years ago
Cute song at the first couple seconds
kyleslab3 years ago
Cool! See mine here http://www.instructables.com/id/Epic-Mario-Costume/
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MVMann3 years ago
I am totally amazed by this costume. You did a really nice job! :)
cunam3 years ago
THIS IS AWESOME! I am working on my own version POOR-MANS version, using yours as a guideline! Posting pics up soon. However, I don't get how you use Mattress Foam? Or where you even buy it. The way you attached it is so seamless.

Again AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!
U R VRY SMART!!!!! CAN I HAVE IT !!!?!!
GENIUS !!!!!
Beanie103 years ago
WOW. This is absolutely amazing! Your video was simply brilliant! You got my vote!!!
the streek (author)  Beanie103 years ago
thank you!
paloma883 years ago
wow mario
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slithien3 years ago
There isnt enough words to describe how epic this is!!!! 5*
I'll be in shock if you don't win. But I still want to win that iPad so badly.
indomitable3 years ago
<3

undeniably awesome. i would never have been able to make something so amazing for a costume/puppet thingy.

^_^
i have an ostrich costume like that!! i wear it around the house and around my neighborhood.

very nice though. 5 out of 5.
Bartboy3 years ago
You just either won yourself a 3ds or buckyballs. well done.
what other entries HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
?! I think that judging from the entries now he just won himself an Ipad!
it's barely started :P
Excellent stuff!
Kind of similar as to what I made a number of years ago only it was an interactive coin bank. Well you could either save real coins or you can save trinkets, curios and or chocolate gold coins. it was also made from paper mache and a few other things like a party favor for the tongue. It was hollow mostly, had a special back scale for opening the mouth, and the saddle can be opened for storage.

Here is a pic of it.

http://ktigress.webng.com/images%20ktcl/files/Yoshi.jpg

Not a very good pic but you get the idea. :)
clax12273 years ago
Dude you are an awesome dude to be around for halloween
stunami3 years ago
Awesome, but for the next one, you need to make it poop eggs!

the streek (author)  stunami3 years ago
AH!!! Actually, I drew out the mechanic to make him poop out those little plastic Easter Eggs! Also, I planned to make his eyes blink. But I ran out of money, & specifically time.
omg for a second you fooled me thinking that the front legs were yours. LOL
mrmerino3 years ago
YES
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mrmerino3 years ago
dude... this is awesome!
athrian3 years ago
so cool!
Macyoshary3 years ago
:O Incredible!

This blows my Yoshi costume way out of the water!
It's people like you that inspire the rest of us. Fantastic job!
M.C. Langer3 years ago
F****** AWESOME!!!!!! IT'S THE BEST MARIO COSPLAY EVER!!!! :-)
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