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How to Build a Lifesize RoboCop ED-209 Costume You'll Want to Wear All Year Round

The talented filmmakers—or should that be, remakers— at Ghostlight recently reshot the 1987 Paul Verhoeven masterpiece, RoboCop. But since they didn’t have a million dollar Hollywood budget, they had to build all of the film’s props and practical effects themselves, including this impressive ED-209 costume.

In the original film, ED-209 was realized using a miniature model that was animated by hand, frame-by-frame, and then composited into footage with actors afterwards. It’s a time consuming and expensive process to get it to look real, which is why these filmmakers simply built a lifesize ED-209 costume using everything from cheap cardboard to vacuum-formed plastic parts, with a puppeteer inside making it walk and move. You can see it in action in this clip from the final version of Ghostlight’s RoboCop remake:

Is this version as believable as the original ED-209 was? Not at all. But as far as costumes this would be a pretty fantastic getup for going trick-or-treating at Halloween this year. And while the filmmaker’s behind-the-scenes video doesn’t give you a complete step-by-step guide on how to build your own ED-209 costume, it covers the basics, and you’ve got about nine months until October 31 to figure the rest out.

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But since they didn’t have a million dollar Hollywood budget, they had to build all of the film’s props and practical effects themselves

I don’t really understand the argument here. 3D animation software doesn’t cost a million dollars, although it of course does take time to produce animation and they have to pay people salaries to do that. But on an indie production, wouldn’t having to make all the props and practical effects cost more and take more work than just animating something these days?