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.