What inspired you to do Legos?
I actually went online in August and started looking at movies that had been popular in the last year. As soon as I saw the Lego movie listed among them, I was pretty set on it. I had another idea but after putting it to a vote with the whole team, Lego won by a large margin.
I looked at a bunch of different websites that outlined how other people had done it, and then consulted with my co-worker Dianna to figure out what the best way would be. Many methods we found online either were too expensive for our budget, or ended up looking a bit off, so I improved on a lot of the methods I found. Also just wandering through Lowe’s and looking at different materials helped a lot.
What was the hardest thing about making the costumes?
The hardest part was the sheer volume of pieces I needed. Specifically, cutting the styrofoam out. I used a heat wand to cut the circles out of a large styrofoam sheet, and each circle took about 5 minutes to cut out. Multiply that by 110 pieces, and that’s pretty much an entire day JUST cutting out styrofoam. Then those pieces needed to be glued, painted and sanded. So what really caught me off guard was how long simple tasks took.
I also couldn't figure out how to do the hair for a long time. At first I wanted to use expanding foam and carve it down, but soon discovered it was very messy. So then I bought some air dry clay online, but it was super heavy… so that was out. At last I resorted to construction paper, which was very much an experimental art form. I would eyeball the lego head, cut a seemingly random shape, and hold it up to see if it worked. In the end though, I do really love how the construction paper looked.
Which costume was your favorite?
My own was my favorite, haha. I love Doctor Who, and this will be the fourth Doctor Who costume I've made (all different versions). Plus I didn't think I could pull off my robotic dog companion, but I did! He was mounted to a remote control car, so he could follow me around!
Something I didn't anticipate was that a severe lack of sleep, the stress of packaging up all the costume pieces, and stage fright would combine into a panic attack. I started to get tunnel vision and broke into a cold sweat. I was suddenly terrified that I was going to pass out, and we were about to go on. So I stripped out of my cardboard boxes and ran into the other room, sat down for all of 10 seconds, then someone I knew said hello to me and I went back in. Once we danced, I actually loved being in the costume. The high of everyone having a good time, and the crowd eating it up made me keep it on and even dance around afterwards. Winning made me dance even more, it was amazing!
[Ed. note: Wearing a costume alone doesn't really count as participating at Coupons.com. You must also prepare a song (bonus points if it's an original one) and dance or perform a skit in front of the entire company. Real serious stuff.]
NO... never again. Not 11 costumes.