Groot Costume by HurleyFX

As we get ready for Costoberfest to kick-off next week, we’re excited to bring you a special spotlight with Lee Hurley of HurleyFX who created the amazing Groot costume seen at DragonCon. We asked Lee to walk us through the process used to make the costume!

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My interpretation of GROOT was sculpted in sections over of life cast of my body. The order was Head, Hands, Legs, Torso, then Arms.

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Each piece that was to be made in latex had to be sculpted 10% bigger than I needed due to latex shrinking.

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Then a 2 part plaster mold was made, trying to keep the seam lines as disguised as possible. The molds varied from approximately 15lb per hand to in excess of 400lbs for the legs, which were in excess of 5ft tall.

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For the smaller pieces the molds were dwelled with latex for between 35-45 minutes, for the bigger molds, I had to brush in layers of latex until I had an approximate even thickness, then place the mold halves together and finish brushing latex over the seam line in the mold.

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Custom home made mini stilts were made to make the overall height of Groot at his total highest ( little branch on top ) 7’10.

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Once the parts were out of the mold and had finished curing, I test fitted them and used foam tubing to flesh out any areas that needed to fit better, and trimmed the rest to where I felt the seams would be less visible.

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Then the Silicone head was painted with FUSEFX silicone pigments, and the latex body suit was painted with washes of FWINK’s. Latex was matte clear coated with Liquitex Matte. Then vines and moss were added, along with his little shoulder branch.

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Thus the finished Groot!

I like to push what it is possible for me to create, and if I am told something cannot be done, it just makes me try harder to prove that thinking wrong.

I am totally self-taught and often do things that are not the norm, as was once said necessity is the mother of invention, and that I find is very true. And it is also fun coming up with unique solutions to problems.

Being someone who loves creature creation, I was immediately drawn to Groot when I found out Guardians was being made, and although he was going to be totally CGI (which he had to be on screen) 3 months prior to Dragon-con I decided I to see what kind of Groot I could come up with using practical effects.

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Wow, thanks so Lee for walking us through your process! We certainly agree here at Marvel HQ that seeing Groot come to life was amazing, so thank you!

Interested in seeing more photos of Lee’s Groot, please swing over to Marvel.com DragonCon 2014 Gallery!

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Cosplayers & Costumers, we here at Marvel.com are always super appreciative and constantly in awe of your costumes, time and time again! As is now tradition, we would like to honor the costuming and cosplay community for the time and effort you’ve put toward the Marvel fandom throughout the month of October. For 31 days, we will highlight cosplayers & costumers through profiles, news articles, events and more! Plus you all get your chance to participate! Here’s how:Every day, starting October 1, we will pick a cosplayer or costumer to profile on Marvel’s Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.
If you’re interested in possibly being spotlighted, send in the photographs* of yourself in costume to: cosplay@marvel.comFeel free to submit as an individual or group, but remember only Marvel cosplay & costumes will be accepted. Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older.
—-To see our previous Costoberfest coverage, check out the below:Costoberfest 2011 AlbumCostoberfest 2012 AlbumCostoberfest 2013 Album—-
So remember to stop by Marvel.com, plus Marvel’s Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter every day for the month of October to celebrate in everything cosplay & costuming!
And for more information, head to our Costoberfest Hub!
*We will need a signed release (to be provided by Marvel) from the model and approval from the photographer of each photo.  All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older.

Cosplayers & Costumers, we here at Marvel.com are always super appreciative and constantly in awe of your costumes, time and time again! As is now tradition, we would like to honor the costuming and cosplay community for the time and effort you’ve put toward the Marvel fandom throughout the month of October. For 31 days, we will highlight cosplayers & costumers through profiles, news articles, events and more! Plus you all get your chance to participate! Here’s how:

Every day, starting October 1, we will pick a cosplayer or costumer to profile on Marvel’s Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

If you’re interested in possibly being spotlighted, send in the photographs* of yourself in costume to: cosplay@marvel.com

Feel free to submit as an individual or group, but remember only Marvel cosplay & costumes will be accepted. Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older.

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To see our previous Costoberfest coverage, check out the below:
Costoberfest 2011 Album
Costoberfest 2012 Album
Costoberfest 2013 Album
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So remember to stop by Marvel.com, plus Marvel’s Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter every day for the month of October to celebrate in everything cosplay & costuming!

And for more information, head to our Costoberfest Hub!

*We will need a signed release (to be provided by Marvel) from the model and approval from the photographer of each photo.  All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older.

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Costoberfest 2013 - Day 31
Thursday is Thorsday! Introducing Janine and Alessandro as the Mighty Thor!Photos provided by The Big Tog and Elena Aquila.

Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
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Today concludes this year’s Costoberfest! Thank you to over the 150 cosplayers and costumers who submitted their photos and stories to us.
Make sure to check out all the amazing costumes again over at our Facebook gallery here!
Stay tuned to even more Cosplay & Costuming coverage from the Marvel.com Team!

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Thursday is Thorsday! Introducing Janine and Alessandro as the Mighty Thor!

Photos provided by The Big Tog and Elena Aquila.

Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Today concludes this year’s Costoberfest! Thank you to over the 150 cosplayers and costumers who submitted their photos and stories to us.

Make sure to check out all the amazing costumes again over at our Facebook gallery here!

Stay tuned to even more Cosplay & Costuming coverage from the Marvel.com Team!

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Costoberfest Spotlight - Cap Santiago

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Introduce Yourself!
Hi! I’m Cap Santiago!

How long have you been cosplaying? What was your first costume?
Since 2006, my first costume was Kinikuman Neisi from the anime Ultimate Muscle.

Do you make your costumes? If so, include us in the process!
Yes I do. When it comes to making costumes I research the best photos online or in my own comics that best feature the character I want to create. Then I determine what is doable because what you see in comics sometimes can not exist in real life, so you alter certain things depending on your character of choice. Then my focus goes into what fabric to use that works best for the look. Once I have the best fabric, there is the actual cutting out patterns and sewing. For armor there are numerous ways of doing it, though I perfer making the molds for the pieces then having them Vac Formed before adding the finish touches.

What would be your dream Marvel costume?
My dream Marvel Costume of all time would be to put together an entire Nova Corps that would be awesome or The Superior Six.

What would you say is your favorite part about cosplaying?
That would have to be bringing to life the characters I love, I only cosplay characters that I read about and inspire me. Plus mingling with fellow Marvel fans of the same character or all general stuff Marvel related.

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Thanks Cap! You can check more from Cap at facebook.com/CapSantiago822.

Photos provided by Cap Santiago and Judy Stephens.

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Costoberfest 2013 - Day 27Marvel Round-up! Introducing the Philippine X-Men Team, Todd as Captain Marvel, Nelson & Ariel as Deadpool and Death, Nathan as Mimic, Comradecourt as Bucky, Mykel as Iron Man and Sarah as Taskmaster.Photos provided by Christen Zamora, Patrick Sun, Ron Gejon, Nathan, Comradecourt, Tod Kelso Photography, and Kevin.
Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Marvel Round-up! Introducing the Philippine X-Men Team, Todd as Captain Marvel, Nelson & Ariel as Deadpool and Death, Nathan as Mimic, Comradecourt as Bucky, Mykel as Iron Man and Sarah as Taskmaster.

Photos provided by Christen Zamora, Patrick Sun, Ron Gejon, Nathan, Comradecourt, Tod Kelso Photography, and Kevin.

Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Costoberfest 2013 - Day 26

Marvel Ladies Round-up! Introducing Jay as Captain Universe, MK as Spider-Woman, Tehnakki as Captain Marvel, Carlie as Miss America, Anita as Shatterstar, Mara as Domino, Christine as Psylocke and Melodie as Psylocke!

Photos provided by Eidolon Cosplay, Woman Sole Montemayor, tehnakki, Carlie, Anita, Mara, Christine and Adam Chilson.

Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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