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Iron Man 2 Fan Costume: Fan-tastic

Making that significant leap from dressing up Fridays to full-blown fan built replica, Anthony Le’s War Machine suit is a sight to behold. Wired and Geektyrant have lots more photographs of this incredible costume, so do head over there in just a minute.

Anthony Le built his War Machine (based on Don Cheadle’s outfit in Iron Man 2) from high-impact urethane held together with around 1,500 rivets. The helmet is moulded from a clay and liquid resin. Miniature servos operate the faceplate and a rotary gun turret crafted from pipes; LEDs are imbedded in the chest plate. It took a month to construct and cost $4,000.

When not scaring his neighbours or seizing up in the bath, ‘Le Machine’ likes to travel to children’s hospitals, homeless shelters and fundraisers. Unsurprisingly he plans to be at Comic Con in San Diego. Le also constructed a Downey Jr. Iron Man suit, among others, so has plenty to show off.

While beautifully made, Le’s ‘unofficial’ outfit (i.e. not licensed by Marvel/Paramount Pictures) raises an important question as to who owns the likeness of War Machine, moreover this likeness of War Machine. Surely Iron Man 2’s costume designer Mary Zophres might have something to say? As will Marvel and Paramount. Although how much they tolerate as free publicity or just good-natured fandom is unknown.

Hollywood costume designer Kristin M. Burke discusses this subject on her blog FrockTalk. With homemade friendly Comic Con right around the corner, the likeness ownership issue is more prevalent than ever. It is a tricky one.

Source: Wired and Geektyrant

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  • Kristin Burke

    I will have coverage of all good (and undoubtedly, some bad) costumes at Comic Con 2010 on, starting on Friday night. I must say, some of them are truly amazing. I really don’t have an issue with people copying costumes on a fan-level.

    It’s when people start selling them, profiting from the design, and then telling me “not to publish the story until September, because other people will steal THEIR designs”, that I take umbrage. The studios have their hands full chasing down mass manufacturers without license – they will pursue the big ones without hesitation. However, if you intend to MAKE MONEY copying someone else’s designs, no matter how few you sell, be aware that you could face legal action from the studio responsible for the original costume. It is illegal to copy a licensed design and sell it for your own profit.

    Furthermore, it would be wise to not have an attitude about copying someone else’s work. That’s all. 🙂

    Looking forward to sharing Comic Con with you!


    • Kathleen

      I wish I could say KB is wrong but I can’t tell you how many “designers” who do exactly that, copy someone else’s design and then have the nerve to call it their own. Icing on the cake? They want everyone in their production pipeline to sign NDAs. It was never like this before. Now, it’s an epidemic. If someone thinks they need a piece of paper to keep me honest, it tells me they’re usually doing something not-nice themselves. For my part, an NDA is a heads-up… to walk away.

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