This Cardboard Iron Man Suit Sets The Standard for Economical Cosplay

This Cardboard Iron Man Suit Sets The Standard for Economical Cosplay

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Kai-Xiang Xhong, a Taiwanese artist, created an Iron Man suit entirely from cardboard boxes.

Cardboard is a commonly used material for budget-minded cosplayers, but Kai-Xiang Xhong, an art student at the Stan Winston School of Character Arts in Taiwan, has taken cardboard to a whole new level. His newly minted Iron Man suit will remind you that your handmade Halloween costume sucked.

"Tony Stark's suit cost almost one billion dollars," Xhong said in a video on the Stan Winston School website. "But mine cost almost zero."

Xhong spent nearly a year completing his Iron Man suit, working only in his free time.
Every single notch and corner has been intricately molded into a life-sized sculpture that would make Robert Downey Jr. proud.

"For my cardboard Iron Man suit, I used pepakura technique," he explained. "But I did not add any special color on the surface. Keeping the cardboard color and texture was deliberate. That's my style."

Pepakura, for those of you who may not be paper crafting experts, is a folding technique that allows heavy-gauged paper to be fashioned into a three dimensional model. The finished pieces often have an angular, polygonal look, but some of Xhong's sculptures are so lifelike, that they've been mistaken for real animals.

If you don't believe me, check out the gallery below.

Source: Stan Winston School, Yahoo, Kai-Xiang Xhong on Facebook

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That is the most amazing thing I can recall having seen all week. I thought the bearded dragon and the sparrow were real for a minute.

Holy damn.

Yeah, if he could please release a detailed how-to, that would be great...

Fuck man these are brilliant. I'd actually pay money for these fine pieces of cardboard.

Pfft... LoadingReadyRun did it in 2008... ;)

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It cost almost nothing, just a year of his time! Lucky for him, time costs nothing!

So rather then making a suit from a box of scraps, this guy makes a suit from the scraps of a box. I like this guys style.

Just in case you ever thought you had some form of talent.

People like this come along and knock you off your ill-formed mini-perch.

Welcome back to the masses of mediocrity people, enjoy your stay!

That's fantastic work. Looking at his other work I'm betting he's got quite a future in art ahead of him as an actual lucrative career and that's not something many artists can say.

Rawbeard:
It cost almost nothing, just a year of his time! Lucky for him, time costs nothing!

Exactly. I'd rather fork over more cash in order to save the ludicrous amount of time and effort needed to put into this and get it at this level of quality.

Ubiquitous Duck:
Just in case you ever thought you had some form of talent.

People like this come along and knock you off your ill-formed mini-perch.

Welcome back to the masses of mediocrity people, enjoy your stay!

You're one to talk Danbo. >_>

scorptatious:

Ubiquitous Duck:
Just in case you ever thought you had some form of talent.

People like this come along and knock you off your ill-formed mini-perch.

Welcome back to the masses of mediocrity people, enjoy your stay!

You're one to talk Danbo. >_>

What? I'm welcoming people back, that means I'm already here - I never even left.

I am well aware of my own mediocrity.

I'm fairly sure the 'bearded dragon' he made is a Tuatara, a reptile native to New Zealand. If it wasn't for the unusually thin back I would have thought it was real haha.

Nowhere Man:
So rather then making a suit from a box of scraps, this guy makes a suit from the scraps of a box. I like this guys style.

And I like YOUR style, sir, with your excellent punnery.
Seriously though, that is exceptionally awesome. Both the suit and the pun.

Holy crap, this guy has some amazing work. This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to just quit my job and go hide in a cave forever.

 

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