Yesterday (Sept. 27) J and I attended a special screening of the Star Wars Rebels series premiere episode thanks to the amazing people over at Big Shiny Robot. Star Wars Rebels follows the story of Ezra, a young man fighting against the empire in his own way. He sees a group of rebels interrupt a shipment of Empire crates and in the confusion, Ezra takes one of the crates from the rebels. It’s hard for me to write anything else because I don’t want to spoil anything for everyone. I think this will be an amazing series that the whole Star Wars loving family will enjoy. If you have Disney xD on your cable or satellite subscription, you might be able to watch the episode on the Watch Disney xD app. If you can’t watch it on the app, Star Wars Rebels premieres October 13th (check your local listings for premiere time). You can also celebrate the premiere by adding Star Wars Rebels stickers to your photos with the Disney Photo Finish app.
Building a costume for your children can be tough work. It can be more economical than purchasing an outfit, but it is harder. Especially if you have never sewed in your life. I had the idea to build a Rocket Raccoon outfit for my son when a local convention said that there would be a Guardians of the Galaxy photo booth at the con.
When you build a comic book character costume for your child, you have to decide which version to use. Many characters have multiple comic versions plus there’s movie and television versions as well. Once I figured out which version looked easiest for my skill level, I started looking for the separate pieces at all the surrounding thrift shops.
The first thing I needed was a jacket, and after searching for a navy colored peacoat for half a day, I decided to just make something that looked like Rocket’s coat. I bought a navy colored turtleneck, some red t-shirts, and some gold buttons.
My first step was to cut out a square outline. I used Heat ‘n Bond to attach the square outline to the turtleneck, and after it was secure I sewed around the edges to keep it secure. The next step was sewing the buttons onto the turtleneck. After the buttons, I had to cut into the trim of the shirt to make it look more like a jacket. I saw that Rocket had red trim around the bottom of his coat, so I had to cut the trim off of a red t-shirt and sew it onto the trim of the turtleneck to give it that Rocket look.
Next on my list was the pants. Simple enough all I had to do was find a pair of 3T navy colored sweat pants. I found a pair at the first store I went to. After purchasing the pants J and I went out to a local frontier shop and bought a raccoon tail. Once we got home I sewed the tail to the butt of J’s pants. I tried to make it look lively by gluing a wire into the tail, but the glue wouldn’t stick. I eventually sewed the tail in a way that made it look lively. For shoes he just wore a pair of sandals, and we were done with our first attempt at Rocket.
The day before the convention J and I were in the kid’s section at Barnes and Nobel and I saw a Guardians of the Galaxy book that came with a Rocket Raccoon paper mask and I thought it would be perfect for the con. All together our first attempt at Rocket had only cost me $9.
We went to the con and people loved J’s little outfit. We got our GotG picture and met some amazing people. While at the con we ran into a guy dressed as Deadpool (J loves Deadpool) and we got a picture with him too. Fast forward a few month and we run into this guy again except he is dressed as Spider-Man for a video shoot. After the video shoot we finally introduced ourselves and we talked about J’s outfit. He said that he wanted to add onto what I had started.
A few weeks later Kannon (Deadpool/Spiderman) and I started messaging each other about the outfit. We talked about getting the new Rocket mask that Hasbro released and furring it up, about making little furry feet and getting some red gloves. We met in person so Kannon could get measurements, and then I handed over J’s costume pants so Kannon could match fur and we went our separate ways so he could work on J’s outfit. A few weeks later, Kannon and I met up at a pre registration event for Salt Lake Comic Con and he showed us what he had been up to with J’s outfit. He furred up the mask and made it more of a helmet, made a bigger more lively tail, brought some red gloves, and made some furry shoes. And for that he only charged me $30 so in all I spent under $40 for an amazing Rocket Raccoon outfit.
Here is Kannon’s account of everything he did to help make J’s costume one of the best Rocket costumes I have ever seen:
“I started by buying the Rocket Raccoon mask from Toys-R-Us. I then looked up all the reference photos of Rocket that I could for the pattern of the fur. I went with a blend of the movie Rocket, and the classic comic one. I then got some white and brown faux fur pieces from Joann’s. Using scissors, hot glue, and the reference photos, I cut and glued the fur onto the face, making sure the mouth and ears still moved. I added a flap under the chin and on the back of the head, to cover the whole head. The feet were a child’s pair of dress shoes, with a Velcro strap. I cut and glued the fur onto them, keeping the strap free to make them easy to put on. The tail was a wire coat hanger, bent into a curl, then covered in a full piece of the fabric. I then used fabric paint to do the black stripes, then sewed it onto the pants. The gloves were a kid’s pair I found at [the local thrift shop], turned inside out.”
I am so happy with how everything turned out. People were stopping J every 5 to 10 feet at Salt Lake Comic Con to ask for his picture and he was loving the attention. It’s hard to believe that something that started as a 7 day project turned into something this amazing, and for so little money. So before you go and buy your child a costume for Halloween or comic book conventions, why not look into making the costume yourself?
Today Walt Disney Animation Studios released trailer #2 for Big Hero 6. If the teaser trailer wasn’t enough to get you excited about this movie, then you will want to watch this trailer. This film looks like one that parents, kids, and grandparents will enjoy. I’m thinking that Big Hero 6 will give Frozen a run for it’s money. What do you think? Can any new projects beat out the popularity of Frozen? Could it be Big Hero 6? Big Hero 6 opens on November 7th.
As parents we know how difficult it can be to get kids to pick up after themselves. Sometimes you tell them to pick up their toys and you get looks like
When you ask them to throw away their snack wrappers, they look at you like you’re from another planet
They say things like
But you say
You tell them they can turn their chores into a game
If that doesn’t work, you could tell them that an angry raccoon will visit them if they don’t finish their chores…
But that idea might backfire
Whatever you do, make sure you keep you’re cool when teaching your kids about chores. Chores can be hard for kids to grasp especially the younger ones. If you keep with it, you will have a tiny chore machine helping you around the house in no time.
It might also help if you tell them they can get back to their games once the chores are done
(All Ultimate Spider-Man images are owned by Marvel Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Corporation)
A new weekly feature is coming to the blog. Last week J asked me to take pictures of his Hasbro Marvel Super Hero Mashers. He would stage the toy, tell me to take a picture, and then tell me what the character was saying. This feature is not sponsored by Hasbro or Marvel (although I wish it was 😉 ), this feature is just J having some fun with his toys. I hope you enjoy this new feature.