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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 ...
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...
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 asse...
The skeleton is made out of flexible PVC tubing for the curves, & PVC pipe to hold it together. Once i had the dimentions right, I glued it all toget...
I covered the Skeleton with plastic canvas & duct tape, to add shape & give the foam skin a solid surface to conform to. It kinda resembles a canoe, w...
Yoshi legs are made from plastic canvas & duct tape. This 1st pass shape did not work, so its back to the drawing board...
Mario fake legs were made from PVC pipe, flexible electrical pipe, & foam noodles for shape. The Body frame is now cut to add better range of motion ...
Plastic canvas attached to shoes with hot glue & metal paper fasteners. Better shape. More adjustments to come
Large velcro straps attached to skeleton, then attached to an over the shoulder harness bought at Lowes. the Mario Overalls conceal the harness. Th...
Styrofoam eggs & dodgeballs covered in Paper mache & Duct Tape over a for eyeballs, nose & cheeks.
The Head is now covered in Matress Foam, with eyes to follow. Also, Yoshi arms made from flexible PVC pipe & Cross shapes PVC joint, attached to skel...
Covered Yoshi Legs with Matress Foam with a hot glue gun. They now resemble giant chubby stubby legs when combined with the body. Extended the foam s...
Folded foam into pelvis area to conceal legs separation. At this point, the costume began gaining weight rapidly, so a Support Belt was added, so the ...
Added long strip to make the saddle (not pictured). Glued overalls to the inside of saddle Foamed hands & arms with same technique as body & legs. ...
Made a Y-shaped skeleton for the mouth out of PVC pipe. Used threaded PVC male & female adapters to hinge the mouth together (see drawings in step 1)...
Unfortunately, I ran out of time, so i just used spraypaint AFTER I covered the foam with liquid latex. BIG MISTAKE! The paint doesnt totally stick to...
I based the mechanism on Ultra-Hand, a Japanese toy from the 60's. Interesting trivia about that: Ultra-hand was and manufactured by Nintendo, & crea...
There it is, my Super Mario Riding Yoshi Puppet! It took a long time and alot of sleepless nights, but it was well worth it.
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Posted:Mar 2, 2011
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