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How to make a TRON costume

Complete TRON costume

With all of the Comic-Cons, Wizard Worlds, and other geeky conventions, there is always an element of costumes and cosplay. If you plan on attending one of these events, you can really show off your geekspertise by creating your own costume.

In 2003, Jay Maynard made his own TRON costume for Penguicon 1.0, and he ended up winning the award for workmanship. Read Jay's explanation and step-by-step instructions on how he made the TRON costume. (All photos are used with Jay Maynard's permission.)

Photo credit: Leland Kesler

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16 comments
Oz_Media
Oz_Media

TR must have coughed up more than a coffee mug or a tshirt for you to let them publish those pics. Honestly, the costume is well done, a lot of time and effort into it, but........well, just, I was thinking you'd have to have some balls to wear that but, well....yeah.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

he he he LOLOLOLOLOL !!!OMG, ROFLMAO, GUFFAW! Oh no, SO many comments,must make them go away, must stop before I burst! Oh priceless, thanks for the pics! :D Peter Griffin comes to mind...lol...must make it stop! :D That should go into history as one of TR's best headlines, right after 'How to rebuild a Windows server with paperclips and RedBull cans' [b]"How to make a TRON costume!"[/b] Man, you just can't make that stuff up, the makings of quality stand up. LOL Just too good for words! Great topic for the day.

GSG
GSG moderator

Either build in a cup/codpiece, or wear some tight bicycle shorts under it. TMI, dude. TMI.

Stargzer
Stargzer

I salute you for having the bravery to wear tights; I don't have it. Myself, I'm at that 80/20 stage of life: wishing I was 80 pounds lighter and 20 years younger!

Andy_A1280
Andy_A1280

I think thats pretty cool. But I don't know much about wiring lights like that.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

And there's no doubt about having balls. seyeymhguaeesotnialperayehtsayllaicepse

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Cups are fine if you're protecting your jewels from being smashed, but they're not the most comfortable things to wear for long periods of time, especially in costume at a convention. (Try wearing one all day at a martial arts competition, ugh!) So, why were you looking at his crotch GSG?

Gh0stMaker
Gh0stMaker

the entire I.T. dept could hear me laughing

GSG
GSG moderator

The costume itself is great. The guy did a good job, and as I was looking at it, there was this camel-toe right there in the center of the picture. If you look at the design on the legs, they are practically arrows pointing right there and yelling "look at my camel-toe". I have a friend who does Ren-Faires, and most of them that wear tights have something to prevent this phenomenon. I'm far from being a prude, but I may have to bleach the eyeballs after this picture.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

The ole moose knuckle, generally a term saved for women in leotards or bikinis though. LOL, oh god, what a day! Hopefully you managed to get out of the way when 'it' jumped out at you! I'd even go as far as wearing matching shorts over top, or maybe a feminine napkin to 'smooth out' the old fella. SOMETHING, PLEASE GOD, DO SOMETHNG ABOUT IT! All the LED's in the world aren't going to cause enough of a distraction in this case.