April 30

Where is Snoopy When You Need Him?

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In January, Rapola posted about the Radio Flyer scooter he turned into the Red Baron’s plane.

He took a new Radio Flyer scooter (from the 2000’s), got rid of the plastic parts and gave it a red baron inspired make-over. While it looks like a relic from the 1950’s, that is due to Radio Flyer making toys in China, to lower specifications than we have in the States. Rapola got this for $28 at a local auction.

Steel wool and stripper took care of the old paint. A couple things they were trying to accomplish with the fiberglass:
1. Patch all of the holes from the cheap plastic grill/steering column
2. Cover the ugly factory seam where the the two halves of the body meet
3. Lay foundation to better profile the scooter

This was actually the third scooter he’s done, last one was a P-40 Warhawk themed scooter. No word on if he sells them once completed, or if he keeps them for his own collection.

March 7

Batman’s Original Utility Belt Was Made Out of Sponges

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Who didn’t want to own a Batman utility belt as a kid? In the 1960s, the Ideal Toy Company manufactured one for purchase, complete with Bat-Cuffs and “Bat-A-Rang.” It was fun but looked nothing like its TV counterpart. The bright yellow, pouch covered belt hanging around Adam West’s waist was an iconic part of his Batman outfit.

Let’s peek into the Batcave closet and take a closer look at the secrets of the belt. There were several versions and add-ons during the production of Batman.

Believe it or not, one of the utility belts was made of kitchen sponges. When the show was first broadcast, such source material would never have been noticed. However, with our HD broadcasts, the detail is right there on screen. You can see the dishwashing-ready accessory up top.

Thankfully, the absorbent “pouches” were later replaced with wood blocks, sometimes covered in leather, which were then painted with yellow latex gloss paint.

The pouches were, in some cases, interchangeable to add the deep triangular pouch used to holster the Batarang on the belt. As for the tubes that are seen on the belt, those were simply wooden dowels painted and added to break up the belt a bit from the rectangular pouches.

With a little time and effort, you might be able to make yourself. So get ready, chums. Be it for cosplay, Halloween or for fun, you can make “those wonderful toys” for yourself.

September 18

1966 Batgirl Costume Inspired Purse

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BenaeQuee of Brooklyn recently made this Batgirl-inspired purse for a friend to go with her Batgirl costume, for DragonCon. They went back and forth and BenaeQuee was given creative freedom to create this. Her friend already owns two more of BenaeQuee’s bag and several accessories, the friend knew something awesome was bound to happen.

This is the Swoon Rosie pattern and it was BenaeQuee’s first time making it. She had to create the bat from Pellon 808 backed yellow cotton fabric with HTV heat pressed on in gold and yellow. That was then appliqued onto the front flap by hand cranking her sewing machine. Rosie is a comfortable crossbody bag with a casual style. It features a long adjustable strap, two zippered pockets and a roomy main compartment.

August 8

Boba Fett Life-Size Figure

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Boba Fett is not my favorite Star Wars character, but I think I need this life-size figure of him.

Coming in at a full six-and-a-half feet, it’s packed with detail: Boba Fett is decked out from head to toe in an authentic replica of his Mandalorian armor, featuring an articulated helmet with adjustable rangefinder, intricately detailed fabric costume and utility belt, a light-up chest panel, and braided Wookiee scalp accessories. Armed with a blaster at the ready, and another holstered at his hip, the resourceful mercenary is equipped with his signature jetpack and keeps various tools of the trade stashed in his pockets.

Pre-order this bad boy now, and you only have to pay $850 a MONTH, or you can pay it in full for a meager $8,495. At 6’6″ tall and 110 pounds, that seems like quite the deal. Sideshow Collectibles expects to ship Boba out March-May 2017.

My only question: does his helmet come off? I need to know, for...reasons.

July 10

Upcycled Ant Man Helmet

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Mikaela Holmes, a costume and experimental fashion designer and artist, and currently an in-house content creator for the Instructables Design Studio, recently posted her directions for an upcycled Ant Man helmet over at Instructables.

This Ant Man helmet is literally made out of stuff that was lying around her studio, strategically painted, glued and duct taped together. It’s not a very hard project, and you don’t need any fancy tools to make it. And the best part about this helmet is that you’re not required to have specific items to make it. In fact, Mikaela gives alternatives for a variety of different parts. And let me know if anyone can get their hands on some Pym Particles…I’m just asking…for a friend.

May 1

Custom TARDIS Inspired Jewelry Box

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pzcreations22 of Texas created this custom jewelry box for her Etsy store. The TARDIS inspired four drawer jewelry box is 7 1/4 inches tall, 6 inches wide, and 3 inches deep, (I wonder if it’s bigger on the inside!) and has a satin finish.

Because it is a custom made box, pzcreations22 said it will take 5-7 days to complete. But the TARDIS isn’t your thing to stash your jewelry away, there are other choices, including Sherlock Holmes, Twilight from “My Little Ponies,” The Golden Girls, and more.