Ten DIY robot costumes you can make for Robot Prom --or Halloween
Robot Prom is just two days away, which means you'll need to get your metalic ass in gear if you want to have the most radical costume of the night -- or for Halloween two weeks later. To help you out, we've compiled the best DIY robot costumes we could find online (with instructions). So get building, and feel free to show of the results in the comments.
10. Green Robot
Sometimes simplicity is best, and while this green-bot costume clearly takes a lot of work to make, it's one of very few on this list you can actually move around in. Bonus points to the first person who modifies it into a "sexy robot" costume.
Gort is one of the greatest robots of all time and regardless of the hideous remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, he still stands as one of the best examples of how to make a robot both terrifying and inspirational. The costume doesn't look like it takes a lot of work, but since the lights are powered by a 9-volt battery, it will take a little skill. Unfortunately, it's not quite as tall as the original Gort, but at least you'll be able to get in and out of car.
8. Deep Blue
Hey, not all robots need to have arms and legs, some of them are just kick-ass chess players. For those who don't know, Deep Blue is the IBM machine that kicked Gary Kasparov's ass at chess in 1997. The machine could calculate something like 200 million moves per second, so if you're planning on going with this one, you best be good at chess.
According to teen-dramas, the best way to win the prom king and queen crown is to have matching outfits. Well, that and be an underdog with a heart of gold but a slightly off-kilter dress styles/face. Regardless, we're positive if you and your loved one create a pair of matching costumes, you'll win. Same-sex couples simply need to follow the instructions for one of these twice. These are a couple classic versions of robots, but that doesn't make them any less incredible.
6. Mad Cyborg
If you want to get all technical, cyborgs are not robots, but they're close enough. In this case, you can build a giant robot arm that actually grips things, which is good enough for us. The entire thing is build from junk, with only a few tools, most of which you'll probably already own.
Holy crap. While we can't help but think this nine-foot tall monstrosity would make getting around difficult, we do know one thing: it's awesome. Plus, the mouth actually moves, which makes it all the more awesome.
You can find a little more description of how to pull this one off here, but it basically comes down to a ton of electro luminescent wire, a voice changer box and a shitload of awesome. There are a million things you can do with EL wire, if you're making a robot costume, you need to learn how to use it correctly immedietly.
Okay, technically the members of Daft Punk aren't actually robots, but they might as well be. This helmet (and outfit detailed in the link above) is probably one of the coolest things we've ever seen. Clearly, you can't get this done in time for Robot Prom, but we bet if you take the next two weeks off work you can get it done by Halloween.
2. Transformers Triple Feature
Almost all of these are created with nothing but cardboard, which makes them some of the cheapest costumes on this list. That said, most required a ludicrous amount of work. It's a good thing the pay-off is incredible, especially with Optimus Prime and Soundwave, which look like toys you could actually play with. Thank goodness they weren't based on those crappy new designs in the movies.
Unfortunately, the instructions for Honda's adorable/creepy Asimo are in Japanese, but it appears most of the costume was constructed out of wood. We'd suggest going with cardboard, with a motorcycle visor for the helmet. Asimo is great for its duel-functionality, not only is it one of the cutest robots to ever grace the real world, it's also exceptionally bizarre and relatively easy to make. We love the little guy and we'd love to see someone outfitted as him out there.
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