Another great Dapper Day, another great set of Disneybounds! This Dapper Day, Lizzy and I decided on going as Mike Wasowski and Celia from Monsters Inc. We also had Brizzy Voices bounding as Sully, as well as Shannon and her mom bounding as Chip and Mrs Potts from Beauty and the Beast! All in all, we're pretty happy with how our outfits came together.
One of the most quintessential components to a Star-Lord cosplay is his helmet, and today I'm gonna show you how I took the Xcoser Star-Lord helmet and made it screen accurate! Now there are really two options for pre-built helmets on the market; the "Marvel Legends Series Star-Lord Electronic Helmet" from Hasbro, and the Xcoser Star-Lord Helmet. I chose the latter of the two because the Hasbro Helmet is a little more expensive and a bit too bulky looking. Although, if you don't want to mod or paint anything, go with the Hasbro because it has a much better paint job than the stock Xcoser.But we're here to paint, so let's get started!
Everything you'll need! (*AFF links)
- Xcoser Star-Lord Helmet OR
- Hasbro Star-Lord Helmet
- CR2032 Batteries for Xcoser
- Dupli-Color EBGM03447 Gunmetal
- Dupli-Color BGM0340 Silver Metallic
- Rust-Oleum 7270830 Metallic Gold Rush
- Krylon Colormaster Crystal Spray Acrylic
- Gray Primer (Cheap at hardware store)
- Dremel/Rotary Tool
- Fine grit sandpaper
- Drill with small Drill bit
- Exacto Knife
- Scotch Painters Tape
- Needle Nose Tweezers
It's finally time to pick up where I left off! I had to take a break from working on my Star-Lord cosplay for several months because finances got a bit tight for a while there, but I'm back at it! So far I've modded some toy element blasters, and a toy Sony Walkman and a lot of people really enjoyed those videos (and have been asking for more), so I bring you the Abelisk scanner from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!
The Abelisk scanner had a very limited amount of screen time, but it is arguably the coolest prop from the entire movie and once I saw it, I knew I had to have one! Basically, Rocket (or Peter Quill, but most likely Rocket) has modified a 1977 Mattel Electronic football game to function as a scanner of some kind. Whether is specifically designed to track the Abelisk, or if it can be used to track other creatures (hopefully it'll make a reappearance in future films!) is unclear. What I like about this the most, however, is that it was most likely in Peter's possession when he was abducted as a child. It would be one of his few actual childhood belongings.
Okay, onto the mod! So for this mod you'll need the Mattel Classic Football game that was released in 2000. It's a virtually identical remake of the original and, interestingly enough, is more screen accurate than the 1977 original because they used the 2000 remake for the on screen prop. You can tell because of the additional switch on the remake that wasn't present on the original! This can typically be found on ebay for about $25 (aff).
You will be needing the mod kit that can also be found on Ebay for about $30. Thankfully someone went through the trouble of finding the exact materials needed, and recreated the screen animation and is selling it in a nice little bundle, which includes replacement stickers! You can buy that here! (aff)
And finally you're gonna need a Samsung Galaxy SII (or equivalently sized phone). This will be put into the game so that the animation can play, making this an incredibly realistic prop. Thankfully I'm a bit of a hoarder and still had my old SII sitting in a drawer, but they can be found for pretty cheap. If you have a really tight budget, you can get away with printing out a screenshot of the animation and taping in in place. It won't be illuminated of animated, but it'll still look the part!
All in all this was a super quick mod; from start to finish it took less than 5 hours! Heck, it took me longer to edit the video and make this blog post! so if you can acquire the materials and tools, I highly recommend giving this mod a try.
It's dapper day once more and this time around, Lizzy and I decided to Disneybound as King Candy, and Turbo from Wreck-It Ralph (one of my top 5 favorite Disney movies) and I must say... we looked pretty good. As usual we waited until the last second to get stuff and I'm honestly shocked at how well these outfits came together. And honestly, I could easily see myself wearing my outfit again for some function that I have to look fancy for.
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On this day in 2014, Big Hero 6 was released and the lovable health care companion Baymax soared to the top of my favorite Disney characters list. The more Baymax's I have, the happier I am, and after spotting this Baymax paper craft on pinterest I decided that I needed to have it as well... I was not prepared.
You can find the template here, but do be careful because that site is a minefield of spam links. Watch my video to see the chaos unfold.
Spoopy season has officially come to an end... but hey, that just means it's festive season now!! So here are some of my favorite things from the month of October!!
Silhouette Curio Vinyl Cutter
This thing is INCREDIBLE. I've already used it for so many projects, and the possibilites are endless. From just cutting out vinyl stickers, to customizing phone cases, making jewelry, Disneybound/cosplay accessories, and SO MUCH MORE. I seriously can't get over how cool this thing is. Highly recommend getting into vinyl cutting. You can buy one by clicking here - http://amzn.to/2xYzvRn (Affiliate link)
TeeBlox Shirt Subscription!
Head on over to TeeBlox.com and use promo code "JamesChatsTBX" for 10% off! $7 a month for nerdy shirts catered specifically to your interests... I mean how freakin' cool is that!
New York was Incredible. I vlogged the entire experience (coming soon), and took a ton pictures. Here's a little gallery of pictures from the trip :D
Okay, so I COMPLETELY forgot about this video... better late than never? lol
D23 is THE Disney convention, so of course Lizzy and I had to throw together a couple of Disneybounds, and one of our most requested Bounds has always been Max and Roxanne from "A Goof Movie." Ask, and you shall receive :). You can also enjoy my vlog from the event by clicking here!
This was such a fun (and simple) Disneybound and it was a great way to finish off D23!! Now I must eagerly wait until the next D23...
So I got the new "Ultimate Lightning McQueen" remote control car from Sphero and it is INCREDIBLE. Watch my full review below! And you can click here to buy one! (aff)
I can't overstate just how cool this Ultimate Lightning McQueen is, from it's emotive suspension, to the animatronic mouth, reactive touch panels, automatic head/tail lights, emotive LCD eyes, EVERYTHING. The level of care that went into designing this are out of this world and despite the slightly steep price tag, you absolutely get your money's worth.
D23 Expo was a wild ride with a lot of great memories (I documented the event in this vlog). Naturally Lizzy and I needed to Disneybound for the Expo, and for day 2, we decided to DisneyBound as Star-Lord and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy! I was originally planning on wearing my Star-Lord cosplay to the event, but it wasn't going to be ready in time, so this is the next best thing!
This is easily one of my favorite Disneybounds, and it probably helps that Star-Lord is one of my all time favorite characters. We got so many wonderful compliments and were even featured on Disney Style's "Best Fasion of D23 Expo" article! See you in two years D23!
It's time for the second piece of my first cosplay! Many of you know by now that I'm embarking on my first quest into the wonderful world of cosplay, and I've decided to start with Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy! I absolutely love guardians of the Galaxy, and I'm such a fan of Star-Lord. Check out the first part of my cosplay here.
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Finding an original Sony Walkman TPS-L2 for less than $900 is no easy task, so I had to find a cheaper way to make this part of my cosplay. That's where this toy from Target/Toys R Us comes into play! for $25, this makes for an excellent starting point.
I personally picked mine up at my local Toys R Us, but it can be ordered online! Click the links below to order one.
I then took it home, disassembled it, and prepped it for painting. For the painting process I used a rattle can primer, and these two Dupli-Color Metallic Chrysler Perfect Match Automotive Paints in Teal and Silver. These are very close to the original Walkman's colors! I then finished it off with some rattle-can clear coat!
After I was done painting, I decided to mod the toy to house a bluetooth receiver so I that I can connect it to my phone and wirelessly play sweet tunes like Hooked on a feeling! This involved removing everything except the circuit board (and stripping a lot off of the circuit board) to make room for a 3.5mm cable and the reciever! I also took a dremel to the inside of the toy (see video for more). The Bluetooth receiver was only $13, so you don't need to break the bank!
Bluetooth Receiver (aff) 3.5mm Cable (aff)
I then added some accurate walkman stickers that I got on Etsy (find them here), and added the Awesome mix which I got from Secret Alias Man (message him for the PDF). HUGE shoutout to him for providing all the necessary information and making this mod possible! Definitely give him a follow. And for the final step, I put it all together, and replaced the foam with these orange foam earbuds (aff)! Here's the final product.
I have officially started working on my first real cosplay!! Like many of you, I am completely obsessed with Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star-Lord is one of my all time favorite characters so I had to start my cosplay career with him! (Disclaimer: this blog contains monetized affiliate links; I earn a commission when purchases are made using my links at no extra cost to the consumer. These are marked with "aff").
I started by sanding and priming the guns, then I hand painted each gun. The paint job took about 9 hours, but a more experienced painter won't take nearly that long; this was my first time ever doing this so I really wanted to take my time to avoid any mistakes. all of my painting supplies I got at my local Michael's, but you can most likely find everything you need on Amazon [aff].
Part of that painting process included weathering, and to to that I added water to acrylic paint, covered the surface I was weathering, then wiped the paint off with a paper towel. Do so leaves streaks and paint in hard to reach creases giving the guns a used look.
I had a blast painting the first prop for my Star-Lord cosplay, and I can't wait for this outfit to come together!
Today, I show and tell you all about some of my favorite things from the month of May!!
Today I am joined by the amazing Maxwell Glick (AKA mrcheezypop) to make some Mickey Mouse shaped waffles!!
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Check out Max's channel here! - https://www.youtube.com/user/mrcheezypop
oday I show you all of the Disney Apps that are currently installed on my phone!!
Today, in celebration of Star Wars day, I go over my top 6 FAVORITE moments in the Star Wars franchise!!! What are your favorite moments?!
lol, what were they thinking? Let's chat about DisFlix and why it was real dumb.
Join me in the construction of a star destroyer!!!
We went to the Thingamavlogs screening of "Beauty and the Beast" and I felt it was appropriate to Disneybound as the Enchanted Rose!
It's time for another episode of "JamesChats With!" This time, as predicted in the last episode, I chat with the one and only Brizzy Voices!