Non Star Wars Magneto Costume and helmet

Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by LordWast, Oct 3, 2006.

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  1. LordWast Force Ghost

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    Hi. This is a last minute choice for a halloween costume. Does anyone know where I can find a pretty accurate X3 magneto outfit and helmet?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. The only thing I can find is the store bought one(which I can't find for sale anywhere?) and it comes with a vinyl helmet! :(

    By the way sorry if this is in the wrong place I wasn't sure where to post this request.
  2. Darthgordon Jedi Master

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    I assume you're talking about the movie version. It would appear that the costume you're looking for is no longer for sale anywhere. I think it was sold in '02 but not I'm not sure what company made it. By '04 it had completely disapeared. Licensed X-men costumes are few and far between. Your only available option would be to make one yourself. If you know anyone that can sew it shouldn't be that hard. I think it's basically just a coat, pants, and a cape.

    http://movies.radiofree.com/photos/xmen3_18356.jpg

    If you don't know anyone that sews... your pretty much hosed.
  3. LordWast Force Ghost

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    yes, I do mean the movie version. Does anyone know of any sites that make custom costumes like this? Or does anybody know of a site that still has this costume in stock? And what would you suggest for the helmet?

    I have been searching for hours upon hours and still I am turning up empty handed!
    Please I need help! Anyone? Someone?
  4. Darthgordon Jedi Master

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    You could make the helmet using a variety of stuff available at the craft store.

    Here's a tutorial on using craft foam to make armor
    http://entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html

    There's also stuff like super sculpy which you can sculpt into the shape of the helmet and bake, though to keep it from falling apart before you bake it, you'll probably have to sculpt it in sections.
  5. LordWast Force Ghost

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    Hmmm. I am just not that crafty to be able to make a decent looking magneto helmet. I am really lost. Please if there are any other suggestions let me know.
  6. a-tastic Jedi Knight

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    yeah...i wouldn't use sculpey on the helmet, unless you were planning to resin cast it later on.

    here's my recommendation, and it's easy, too, for a non-crafty type.

    - look at the picture.
    - looking at a mirror, take this stuff, and mold it to your head, cutting it into the helmet's shape, leaving a lil' extra in length. feel free to fold the mesh over itself. it will hold. it will also stretch some on the diagonal.
    - when you've got it molded, fold off the ends so you don't have loose wires.
    - cover it with a thin layer of this stuff(Hearty Clay : air drying), pressing it into the wire. let it dry.
    - put another layer on.
    - sand it, paint it with water-based acrylic paints, and varnish it with a water-based varnish.
  7. LordWast Force Ghost

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    thanks a-tastic! :) I will look into doing this.

    Two questions though.....
    1) Do you recomend the activ-wire mesh or the rigid wrap? :confused:
    2) Do you have any recommendations for the costume itself?
  8. TheMuffin Force Ghost

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    For the pants I would just pick up a pair of dark grey dress pants. Thick ones though. I'd say St. Johns Bay flat fronts which don't have any pockets, hems or anything up front. They run about $35 around here. But they're good to have around regardlessin case you have to go to a wedding or job interview as well. Double score!

    Shirt might be difficult to find. Actually I doubt you will. On one side the bottom comes to waist level like a normal shirt. But on the other side it continues down like an overcoat. What I might suggest is get a dark grey dress shirt that's made for an extra tall person (big and tall section) and tuck in only one side. Then take and find a thin sweater with a normal neck and put over top of it. That way you would have the one side hanging down, the high collar and the buttons on it would be covered up by the sweater. For the cape I would just find a local store that sells adult costumes and buy a Dracula cape. Almost every single one I've ever seen is black with a red inside lining. Then just take that and tie it up underneath the colar of your dress shirt and fold the colar down. All in all you're looking at about $100 or so for that stuff. But like I said above everything but the cape can be worn as a normal shirt or pants which is nice.
  9. a-tastic Jedi Knight

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    here's a good image of the upper part of the costume to show the shirt's details:
    http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a395/al_finete/X-Men3/Poster006.jpg

    basically, you'd want to look into using this pattern:
    http://www.simplicity.com/assets/5386/5386t.jpg
    or...
    http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/butterick/shop.cgi?s.item.B6844=x&TI=10013&page=10
    or...
    http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4864.htm?tab=costumes&page=4

    and a dark grey poly or wool blend fabric (dark heather gray). if you don't sew, a seamstress can easily make this for you.
    most of these patterns require not only the movement of buttons to the interior, but the collar, and front fold of the jacket has to move over to the Right side.

    - black gloves, preferably leather
    - silver lapel for the right side of the collar. (i can't get a good image of this, but i'm sure the DVD would have it)
    - coordinating dark heather grey flat-front pants
    - mid-calf black leather boots

    as for the cape, you may want to try combining these patterns:
    http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4320.htm?tab=family_sleepwear_maternity&page=2
    and..
    http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M3789.htm?tab=costumes&page=6

    it's less of a cape and more like a loose fitting jacket with really wide sleeve slits, which means that you would need to eliminate the entire hood and front portion of this pattern's cape.

    it looks to me like it's lined in a blood-red peau-de-soire (which is a dull, heavyweight satin with a good drape), and the outer layer is a wool blend black fabric.

    also, for good measure, here's a stand-alone image of his helmet for reference:
    http://img.epinions.com/images/opti/86/7f/Collectible_Concepts_Group_X_MEN_Magneto_s_Helmet_Desk_Display_Collectible_Toys1-resized200.jpg
  10. LordWast Force Ghost

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    a-tastic

    THANK YOU so very much you have been a huge help! :) I sent you a private message earlier today asking more questions about the helmet,clay,how much to buy, ect. but if you want to reply through this message instead of PMing me back thats okay too.

    Already have the boots and the gloves. ( I also have very powerful earthmagnets I am going to where under the gloves so I can move small metal objects. If a butter knife is on a table I can actually make it spin around rapidly with these magnets.)

    I don't sew but my dad does a little, and what he can't do I might be able to get my aunt to do it for me. (fingers crossed)
  11. Darthgordon Jedi Master

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    just be sure who ever sews it, before they do to show them as many pictures of the costume as you can. Just look around see what you can find. Maybe pull out the dvd and show them a few scenes. That way you're both on the same as page rather than just describing it.
  12. abodeofthedamned Jedi Knight

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    Another thing you might want to consider is haunting your local thrift and second-hand stores for a suit that you can modify.
  13. a-tastic Jedi Knight

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    agreed. it's much easier to modify something than make it from scratch.

    just make sure you buy something about a size or so larger than what you'd need so you can have access to additional, coordinating fabric.
  14. LordWast Force Ghost

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    Okay here is an update!

    Helmet : I have it shaped with the wire mesh and used model magic clay as a base layer (it is currently drying.) Then I plan to put the other clay on to sand, paint, and varnish.

    I have also sculpted his neck pin over a safety pin.

    Costume : As I stated i have the boots(my sith boots!) and the leather gloves.

    I have found a shirt that I like...it is heather gray and is a mock neck shirt. so I bought it. I am going out later tonight to find a match flat front pair of pants.

    That only leaves the cape. I am still unsure what I am going to do about this. But for now I am going to worry about the pants and the helmet... and then I will focus on the cape.

    I will post a picture of the final product!

    By the way I found a couple of magic tricks at a site called penguin magic Like "spun" and "liquid metal" that I am considering because they relate to the costume and look pretty cool.

    What do all of you think?
  15. Jedi-Loreen Jedi Master

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    Sounds like you are really coming along with this costume project. Good job!

    Don't forget to take some pics when it's finished!

    Or even during the helmet making process, people like to see how someone makes something, too.
  16. Darthgordon Jedi Master

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    well, it looks like there's a couple of lisenced adult Magneto costumes up for auction. No helmets though.
  17. sal Jedi Master

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    I haven't posted in a while but this thread caught my eye so I'm giving it a bump.
    Don't forget to post some progress pics man!
  18. LordWast Force Ghost

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    All Finished! :)

    Okay so the helmet turned out pretty good, although it resembles his helmet from the comics/cartoon more so than the movie. [face_plain] Remember this is my first time making anything like this with clay. I also made his pin (although I am wearing it on the wrong side in these pics!)

    Here is the link: http://files.filefront.com/Zmagneto_picsdoc/;6050976;;/fileinfo.html


    I wasn't sure how to post the pics in the thread so I linked them. (let me know if you can't see them.) And If someone could post the pics in this thread I would appreciate it.

    Also if you would like to key them and add fx..... I took the pics infront of a greenscreen. I would love to see what you guys could come up with! (perhaps I should ask for that in the fanfilms section .?)

    So what do all of you think? Under 2 weeks of work and less than a hundred dollars. I look forward to your comments/suggestions!
  19. spacelady Force Ghost

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    May I suggest Photo Bucket? You can sign up for free and it's really easy to post pictures. ;) :)

    ~Spacelady
  20. LordWast Force Ghost

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    Thanks!

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    [image=http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r138/Buffyfan_isme/Zmagneto1.jpg]
    [image=http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r138/Buffyfan_isme/meinxwallpaper.jpg]

    Also remember under my gloves I have very powerful earth magnets where I can actually move metal objects!

    By the way my fave pic is the 5th one down
  21. TheMuffin Force Ghost

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    Wow I have to say for your first attempt you did a damn good job!
  22. Darthgordon Jedi Master

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    very nice work! =D=

    I'll offer one bit of advice, don't take it wrong. I'd suggest adding some shoulder pads if there's room. Ian's costume had giant shoulder pads that made his shoulders go almost straight across.

    like here:
    http://www.latinoreview.com/images/upload/movieimages/movieimage_3301.jpg
  23. a-tastic Jedi Knight

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    I am VERY impressed! You've done an outstanding job! (and I love your budget skills!!)

    The helmet has turned out fantastic! :D

    Have a super Halloween-- you're bound to win all the contests!
  24. spacelady Force Ghost

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    Looks very good, especially since it's a budget costume. ;)

    Good job! :)

    ~Spacelady
  25. LordWast Force Ghost

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    Thanks alot everyone I wouldn't have been able to put this together if it weren't for you suggestions! Especially you a-tastic for the wire mesh and clay idea.

    By the way I agree with the shoulder pad idea .... I will be looking for those when I get back from vacation! (Yay vacation!)
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