THEY SAY that every woman should own one little black dress. I say that every fan should own a Godzilla suit, and apparently I’m not alone. You can pose for a selfie with one at nearly every convention.
What was once just a fantasy for Godzilla enthusiasts has become a real thing thanks to a few intrepid pioneers, who made the investment of time and resources it took to create their own costumes and then left instructions for the rest of us on how to do it ourselves. You’ll find the plans at a super informative website called Becoming Godzilla.
It’s a one-stop-shop for inspiration and instruction, detailing the work and processes of dozens of artists—like Jim Fazar (above & below), whose costume even includes a sound system that plays Godzilla’s roar. Jim’s costume is a great example of what you can do with materials that are easily obtained. He built his Godzilla out of cushion foam laid over an old, one-piece flight suit. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it is at least doable for most people, and the results, as you can see, can be spectacular.
“BUILDING A 7-foot-tall behemoth of a costume is a daunting task that can take a VERY long time to complete,” Jim says on the Becoming Godzilla website. “It was early September 2005 when I started working. That left me less than 2 months before Halloween so to kick start this project I decided to take a week off of work. Yes, that’s commitment!”
ALL OF the projects featured on Becoming Godzilla have something to offer the prospective builder, including tips on painting, glue, sculpting, and that most essential element in giving Godzilla personality: Eyes. Jim used a pair of stress balls that look like eyes and calls it “cheating.”
I call it ingenuity.
SO, ARE YOU ready to go dumpster-diving for cushion foam and get started on a suit of your own? Visit Becoming Godzilla, and send us some pictures when you’re done!