Easily weighing in as a top Halloween costume this year is Young Robocop. Pretty awesome! “The helmet is an old bike helmet that didn’t really fit him anymore, so I ripped out all the padding inside and glued on a piece of plastic I cut out from an old bucket to make the front visor part. The circles on the sides were orange-juice-container lids. The chest piece is made out of an empty laundry-detergent bottle and the back is made from milk jugs. The arms and legs are cobbled together out of 64-oz Trader Joe juice containers. I made the boots by gluing a bunch of plastic crap to his old rain boots. Then I painted everything metallic gray”, notes Jim, the suites maker and Young Robocop’s Dad.
The fastest reflexes modern technology has to offer. On-board computer-assisted memory. And a lifetime of on-the-street law enforcement programming. It is my great pleasure to present to you: Robocop.
The boy insisted for months that he wanted to be a robot for Halloween. His sister was a robot when she was his age. We looked at various robot images on the computer and he was most intrigued by Robocop. After I showed him the trailer, there was no convincing him otherwise. He was going to be Robocop. Which was good, because Detroit has a Cancer. That Cancer is Crime.
The original 1987 Paul Verhoeven-directed Robocop is actually a pretty great movie. But I was at the bar with my friend and his female companion the other day talking about working on this costume and she was like, “Wait, who’s Robocop?” Turns out she was born only a year before the movie came out, so maybe I need to set the stage here:
According to its Wikipedia entry, Robocop takes place in a terrifying “dystopian future, [where] the city of Detroit, Michigan is on the verge of collapse due to financial ruin and unchecked crime.”