Robot Monster Space Helmet

Introduction: Robot Monster Space Helmet

I've always loved the B-movie classic "Robot Monster".  Not only was the acting sub-par, but the titular monster was just a guy in a cheap gorilla suit wearing a space helmet.  Since I already had a cheap gorilla suit, I figured I'd make a helmet to go with it.

Step 1: Step 1-Get a Globe

I got mine at a local thrift shop for $5.  I thought it would be made of plastic, but, lo and behold, it was made of cardboard.

Step 2: Step 2-Start Cutting

I cut two holes in the globe using a hefty pair of tin shears.  I had the equator of the globe running from my shoulders around the top of my head, so I used the Arctic Circle as a guide for the "face hole".  The hole for my neck I just eyeballed.

Step 3: Step 3-Stick Some Wooden Dowels on the Globe

I cut two wooden dowels about 6 inches long and screwed them onto the glove just a little bit in front of the equator at 10 and 2 o'clock.  These are the bases for the antennae.

Step 4: Step 4-get a Bucket

I found an old 5-gallon plastic bucket in the desert near my house.  It was pretty cruddy, but I scraped it and cleaned it out the best I could.  I took the wire handle off to make it easier to cut.

Step 5: Step 5-cut the Bucket

I cut a whole in the bottom big enough for my head to fit through.  Then I cut rouned shapes on either side to fit over my shoulders.

Step 6: Step 6-attach the Globe to the Bucket

I used PVC sealant, the kind you use to seal bathrooms to attach the two parts.

Step 7: Step 7-add Some Prop Pieces and Paint It.

The antennae are made of silver coat hangers with little metal balls glued on the ends.  The wire is some old stereo wire I had laying around. I just glued the wire to the dowels and stuck the ends through a hole drilled in the back of the helmet. The "microphone" in the front is a pill bottle cap with some holes punched in it.  The knob in the fron is another pill bottle cap glued on.  The screen to hide my face is a sheer piece of black nylon, like from a nylon stocking.  I painted the whole thing battleship gray, which is pretty much what the bucket was anyway.

Step 8: Step 8-Wear It Proudly

I wore my Robot Monster costume in front of my house while the trick-or-treaters were coming around.  Not one person knew about the movie.  I made up little movie posters on my computer to hand out, but most of the trick-or-treaters just ignored me.  Obviously, they were more interested in getting the candy than finding out about some obscure B-movie from 1953.  But I had fun.

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4 years ago

So the PVC sealant held together with no problem?


I love this! I went researching when it came time to make a version for a baby. I loved how you did this (although it wouldn't work for my application). Anyway, I thought I'd drop you a line as I gave your Instructable a shout-out in my blog post:

Great Instructable!

doktor Zero
doktor Zero

8 years ago on Introduction

born 1969. Know it. Love it. Cool job and choice.When Tim Burton uses it for a remake, everybody in your hood will remember you doing it first, no fear!


8 years ago on Introduction

Fantastic job on the costume! I'm making the same thing but am using a plastic globe instead. Do you know the diameter of the globe that you used?


8 years ago on Step 8

Did it sit on top of the gorilla suit without any problem or did you have to attach it to it or to you head in some way?
AWESOME job! I've always loved that suit. So perfectly cheesey.


Reply 8 years ago on Step 8

It fit comfortably on my shoulders while wearing the gorilla suit. I made sure to cut the U-shapes on the sides of the buckets pretty large.