Hands & Feet
JIM FAZAR’S GODZILLA
Godzilla’s hands are usually 4 fingered so I needed to do a little cutting and gluing for this part. The first thing I did was buy a pair of cheap gardening gloves that were loose fitting and not too thick. I cut out half of each of the two middle fingers (the two edges facing each other) and then carefully glued them together. Voila! Four fingers.
Just as I did with the claws for the feet I decided to use the white foam for the finger claws. I cut out eight pieces of foam and with scissors turned them into small cylinders. I slowly carved each finger one at a time while reviewing my photos and plastic figurine to be sure I was getting close to the same. To make sure they would be secure I made the end of each claw long enough to fit over the fingers to about the second knuckle. I glued then duct taped them until they dried.
Once the claws were dry I did the same process of the hot gluing the tips of the claws. It takes a long time but you slowly run a bead of glue from the tip to the end then back up again making sure not to let the first bead dry. When you are finally done you’ll be surprised how sturdy yet flexible they are!
Each hand has a SFX switch wired in it. I placed the 9 volt battery on the top of my hand (I padded underneath the battery just in case) and built up foam around it so it had a natural gradation. The trigger button was placed in the palm of the glove so all I had to do was squeeze my hand and “SKREEONK!” the SFX blasts through the speakers.
I couldn’t have the hands be fully separated from the costume because the roar SFX switch was in each palm so I attached the gloves at the tops only. By leaving the rest open I was able to grab underneath with the other hand and pull the glove on. This was necessary cause when I created the fingers/claws I made a couple of them so small that I really have to strain to get my fingers in them.
The feet were pretty easy to create. I first went out to the store and purchased a pair of cheap, comfortable slip-on shoes. Then I cut two big rectangles of thick white foam that were a little big bigger than the Godzilla feet. I used a permanent marker to draw out the basic shapes of the feet with four toes and big claws. After that I traced the outline of each slip-on shoe on the foam and cut out the area so I could slip the shoe in and glue it.
Before gluing the shoe in there I thought it would be neat if I could have a stomping sound effect like in the movies. It just so happened that the first Fantastic Four movie had just come out and toy stores were selling toy feet for the Thing that made a loud stomping sound! I purchased a pair, cut out the sound FX device, attached it to each shoe and glued the foam foot around it. The foam wasn’t quite thick enough so I had to had another layer of white foam on top, glue, then shape.
Shaping the feet
Once the glue dried I took an ordinary pair of scissors and started shaping each foot. I carefully carved the toes and the nails so everything had a nice rounded and organic feel. I paid close attention to my plastic model that I was using as a guide and did my best to match it.
Applying a Layer of Skin
To make the feet (and the entire costume) feel organic I wanted to layer it with some sort of fabric. I thought of the foam as the muscle and this fabric as the skin to my Godzilla costume. I went to the local fabric store and searched until I found a thin, breathable, stretchy dark grey fabric. I cut out a piece of the fabric (make sure it’s bigger than the foot), sprayed the foam foot with spray glue then wrapped the fabric around the foot.
After affixing the gray fabric I realized I needed something on the bottom of the foot that would protect the foam as well as keep me from slipping around. The bottom of the shoe could be exposed but then that would leave the foam exposed to the elements and that isn’t a good idea.
I purchased some fabric called Grip-Tight from Joann Fabrics. It has little rubber nubs on it for traction but all they had was white so I had to dye it dark gray, let it dry, cut it to fit and glue to the bottom of each foot. I used spray glue for the bottom, but used hot glue to seal up all the edges just to be sure. 20/20 Hindsight Note: I should have first covered the bottom of each foot with some type of rubber, then add the no-slip layer. Soaking wet foam Godzilla feet are not recommended.
I really liked the shape and size of the claws that I had already cut as part of the foot so I decided to reinforce them. I wanted them to be able to take some abuse so I decided to coat them with hot glue from a glue gun. It takes some time and patience but I slowly covered each and every claw with the glue. It created a nice resistant outer layer that looked organic and it was flexible. They also yellowed over time so they looked even more real.