“This is Godzilla and Baby Godzilla created by the Anna G. Costumes team, which includes myself and my two fantastic assistants Rebecca and Angela.
I bought upholstery foam in both 1/2″ and 1″ width. This can be expensive, so shop around for the lowest price in your area! Unfortunately, I didn’t find out about the cheapest spot for foam in my city at about 80% through the project. Now, I know that The Textile Discount Outlet in Chicago has the craziest deals on it. I recommend calling them and seeing if they can ship to you!
We used 3M Hi-Strength 90 contact spray adhesive for all gluing. It is available at most hardware stores. Make sure you work near a fan or in a ventilated area because the glue’s vapors are intense!
Modge Podge to harden the foam for paint. By it by the bulk. You’ll need a lot!
Montana Spray Paint in black and gray. This can be expensive, but it works well. If you want to cut on costs, you can use this spray paint for the first coat, then use a cheaper spray paint for the second coat and highlights.”
— Anna Glowacki | Anna G Costumes: www.annagcostumes.com
Rebecca, creates a cylindrical shaped thigh for Godzilla, and also tests out a few scales. She cut them out of foam individually with scissors into vertical shapes. Grooves were cut onto the top of each scale.
I take advantage of the warm weather outside to continue using that contact adhesive spray! I cut out a basic torso shape. I make sure to keep the crotch area extended, as I will be adding a closure there later. My plan is that the costume wearer can slip the torso on over his head, and then clasp the crotch together.
I created Godzilla’s claws. I used pair of large snow gloves as a base. I glued foam fingers over them, making sure to leave room for bending. I glued the middle and ring finger together, to get Godzilla’s famous 4 fingers.
Baby Godzilla’s head is almost done. That black part is an eye screen for the costume wearer to see through. I used a crinkled organza fabric. The texture of it matched the rigid texture of the scales.
This is how the costume is worn:
The legs slide on first.Next, the feet slide on over the legs.
It’s a tight fit, but once they’re on, the feet keep their shape and do not move.
Any shoe can be worn underneath. The “torso body” slides on over the costume wearer’s head.
There is velcro in the crotch area, and up the back to close it up.
The gloves go on next. The head goes on last. There are 4 velcroed places for it to anchor to the body.