Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cosplayer Anthony Le Creates a “Real” Iron Man Mark 7 Suit

Never underestimate a fanboy, especially one with a little ingenuity and a whole lot of time on his hands.  At the 2010 Nan Desu Kan (An anime convention in Colorado), cosplayer Anthony Le stole the show by wearing a fully functional (well, not quite) Iron Man Mark 7 suit to the event.  What’s more, he actually made the damn thing from scratch!  It has an arc reactor, repulsors on the palms, and eyelets on the helmet, all of which light up brightly.  The mask even comes down over his face like the top on a convertible.  On the back, flaps raise to reveal jet thrusters.  If this thing could actually take off and fly I wouldn’t be surprised.  Even though it obviously can’t, it’s still pretty amazing.


According to Le, the suit took two weeks to make.  It consists of recycled plastic, yet still seems to have a metallic sheen at first glance.  All of the lights work courtesy of LED’s and resistors operating on a surprisingly low wattage.  In the interview clip below, Le is amazingly nonchalant about it all, and why shouldn’t he be?  He’s obviously a very talented guy.  His YouTube page reveals a similarly impressive cosplay of the Kestrel Armor from Mass Effect 2.  If Marvel Films wants to save a bit of money on the FX budget for Iron Man III they should hire this guy.  People like to stereotype fanboys as reclusive manchildren who live in a perpetual fantasy world.  Well, it seems that some of these guys have figured out how to turn fantasy into reality. 

1 comment:

  1. This is presented as a CUSTOMER PRODUCT REVIEW and is accurate to the best of my ability and knowledge.

    I see that this is an older post, but I am posting my experience with Mr Le and his product anywhere and every where I can. Two words - BUYER BEWARE!

    My boyfriend purchased a Mark 3 IronMan suit less than a year ago - actually we received product in Feb 2013. We paid $3800 and when the product was ready to ship we then were notified of a $700+ shipping cost, after questioning this cost we were told that he could ship with a different company for $400+. Even with that shipping issue, what seemed to me to be a bit shady) my boyfriend was 110% interested in the mask being made electronically functional (lifting and lowering), but Mr Le refused to add this on at the time he made the suit saying there was other customers waiting for that feature and we would have to re-ship the helmet back to him to complete at a later time for an additional cost which was a range up to an additional $1200.00 and additional shipping charges both ways. We opted out of that choice - thank goodness.

    My boyfriend's suit was not perfect by any means. He fitted into the suit three times, all three times he had an issue. Paint was bubbling up and chipping off, the original paint job was not even and showed a lot of flaws (which Mr. Le added a typed up piece of paper explaining that elevation levels can effect the paint),his left leg knee piece stuck out a lot further (very noticeable) from the other. His left leg piece at the floor was longer than the right leg piece, so he could not properly walk without dragging the plastic on the left leg across the ground or it would bend under (near the ankle area) - we had to trim this as it was a walking hazard and we did not want the suit to be damaged. The helmet did not proper fit my boyfriends head even though measurements were provided and the helmet did not properly line up for easy open and close, which impeded the lights coming on and off properly in the eye area. The most devastating flaw was the iron man arc reactor had pulled away from the chest piece. My boyfriend kept the suit stored exactly as instructed by Mr Le. My boyfriend had to make major adjustments to fix this low quality craftsmanship work (again more money out of our pockets. He re-removed the suit from the original boxes shipped and stored in and wore the suit ONCE since purchase to the June Philadelphia Comiccon/Wizard World for a period of 6 hours.

    What we have today, as we prepare for the Baltimore comiccon this weekend - well, paint continues to chip off of various areas of the suit, seams are now opening up in the thigh areas where the gold pieces are bonded to the upper thigh areas on both legs (as the bond used is evidently not working properly or was not applied properly or was not even the correct bond in the first place), the helmet is cracking in the back (nap of neck) where two pieces where molded together (visually noticeable).

    This is absolutely NOT top quality and not worth the money or frustration we have lost in this Ironman suit. We have to find other experts willing and able to now help with painting repairs, seam repairs, helmet repairs and proper fitting.

    I am not happy with this purchase - I hope that my experience with Mr Le and his "product" will help other decide if this is the best option for them when considering a purchase of such cost and delow average quality.

    I am more than willing to provide anyone with proof with pictures of the suit, receipts through paypal and email correspondence between my boyfriend and Mr Le.

    This is presented as a CUSTOMER PRODUCT REVIEW and is accurate to the best of my ability and knowledge.