Call me Star Lord
I know that Guardians isn't out til Friday (maybe Thursday if I'm lucky), and it could totally stink (which I hightly doubt), but I saw this helmet/mask thing that Peter Quill wears and knew it was something spectacular. I just loved seeing his hair sticking out of the top for some reason. So, on one of my normal trips to Toys'R'Us, I saw that there was this combo pack with the front of the mask and a tiny nerf-like version of his gun. Since making my Han Solo blaster out of the toy version, I have realized that these toys they sell can be turned into something fantastic if you are willing to add to it (construction and paint).
This was by no means as easy to transform as the blaster, though. It feels like several hours of this process were spent just staring at it wondering how I would construct the whole wrapping around aspect. I will be the first to admit that it is far from perfect as far as pieces fitting together (I hope to remedy some of that with magnets next time I make a run to Michaels or Hobby Lobby), but it is good enough to put on a shelf with my Infinity Gauntlet and custom 1:6 scale Wolverine and be proud of the hard work making such a cool result.
It's hard to give a detailed description of all the pieces, but here goes. There's the mask (duh) with lots of other random parts. I built the sides and back panel out of craft foam, making them curve and round-out with strategic folds hot-glued into place. I added some pieces of leftover garage sale signs from my Clone Wars armor to give it a different texture and the tubing up to the ear pieces is made of that rubber-foam-y sunglass strap stuff and some bendy straws. The eyes are lit up with energizer book lights (fit nicely into mold of the mask); the eye pieces are made of clear plastic (from an action figure box) with red cellophane wrapping paper and a wire mesh tea strainer. Then added some x-acto scoring marks and some other foam pieces to give different layers. A bunch of random stuff really can look cool all put together; proof to judge as a whole and not just the sum of the parts! Glued everything, primed it, painted it all that metallic dark silver, then brushed on some other spray paint for the gold/bronze and pewter/silver. Scratched on some extra pewter/silver on all the edges to give it the worn look it would get with normal wear-and-tear. The inside is ugly as sin due to the gobs of hot glue and random foam to keep from rubbing my face, but as long as I stick it up on a high shelf when not wearing it, I can still brag quite a bit. Might go back and paint a light coat of the dark gray on top to make the silver and gold a little more subtle.
Not too shabby really... may have to use this as a night light haha. Below are reference and process pix.
Here is a REALLY rough version of the measurements of the pieces. There are other foam elements added on top, but those were just eye-balled to where they look best. The "pleats" are where I cut a slit in the foam and tucked one piece behind the other then glued in place; it makes the foam round under that fold. Feel free to hit me up with questions. (click on it to make it larger)