Unexpected Problems…and Solutions. Mostly.

Last week, I wore the partially completed costume to a roller derby match in order to promote the CASA Superhero run. It was a great test run for the outfit. Putting the whole thing together brought to my attention some details I hadn’t considered.

Problem: Belt loops. Turns out, the motorcycle pants I ordered didn’t have them. This was an issue for me since Star Lord wears a belt.

My wife is awesome.

My wife is awesome.

Solution: Luckily, my wife is amazing with her sewing machine and helped me out.

Problem: Wearing the Walkman.  The Walkman comes with a pouch and a strap to attach to my belt. However, the pouch covers the front of the Walkman so that you can’t tell what it is. This wouldn’t work for me.

Solution: I purchased an OtterBox belt clip from a thrift store and modified it for the Walkman. Using some ribbon and snaps, we created some straps that held the Walkman in the clip. It worked for the entire evening.  I may need to add some additional straps for the run, however.

I removed a section of the top. We then used superglue to attach snaps to the back of the clip and to the ribbon.

I removed a section of the top. We then used superglue to attach snaps to the back of the clip and to the ribbon.

Problem: Attaching the blasters to my belt.

Solution: I utilized elastic ribbon and velcro patches to create a loop which I used to attach the blaster to my belt. Halfway through the evening, the “fabric glue” on the back of one of the patches slid off and the blaster crashed to the floor. So, I placed the blaster on the display table. Of course, some kids ran over, picked it up, and began shooting the darts all over the place. My meticulously painted blaster. Sigh.

I ordered custom holsters.

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4 thoughts on “Unexpected Problems…and Solutions. Mostly.

  1. justin

    for the holsters you could just go to home depot and get a thin gauge rod, and bend it into a hook shaped loop, and then around the belt. thats what i am doing for fan expo this weekend. it will def hold up better than velcro, esp if your gonna be actively running. anyways post pics of the holsters you ordered! looking good!

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    1. Liam Post author

      That’s a really good suggestion, Justin. Definitely cheaper than my solution. I found a shop on Etsy that produces custom holsters for the Star Lord nerf guns. They utilize strong magnets to secure the blasters. I kind of like this approach because (supposedly) they are very secure but can be drawn easily. This way, they aren’t completely locked in place. Plus, they resemble Star-Lord’s holsters. I’ll post about them with I get them installed.

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  2. justin

    You also need the Orb. should make one from a dollar store styrofoam ball. just use a pen to indent the surface to get the watered look, the paint black and silver. my wife made me one and it looks like a perfect replica from the movie.

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    1. Liam Post author

      That’s awesome. What a great idea…and cheap! Honestly, I’ve kind of ignored the orb until now…basically because of time. Also, unless I make the pouch, I’m going to have to carry it. Not sure I want to do that. Do you have a solution? How do you deal with having to carry the orb?

      By the way, thanks so much for the comments and suggestions! It really means a lot. Feel free to spread the word about the blog and the fundraising effort!

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