It Only Took 1600 Hours to Craft NYCC’s Ridiculously Amazing Hulkbuster Cosplay
Even if you didn't make it to New York Comic Con this past weekend, it's likely you heard about the awesome Iron Man Hulkbuster cosplay that towered over all the show's attendees. Developed by Thomas DePetrillo and Extreme Costumes, the massive costume made waves both at the show and online. To be fair, it's pretty easy to stand out when you're in a costume that's 9.5' tall no matter where you are.
While a big surprise to many of the attendees at NYCC, Extreme Costumes had actually shot a brief "making of" video in the time leading up to the convention. In the short, DePetrillo can be seen piecing the Hulkbuster together bit by bit, including putting the fine technical touches on the various electrical systems. "I'm not the kind of person that starts with a big block of stone and carves inwards," DePetrillo said. "I'm much more likely to be the guy that starts with nothing, and puts on a million pieces in a row until it looks just right."
Costume creation is DePetrillo's full time job these days, which is a good thing since it took two years and approximately 1600 hours to create the Hulkbuster alone. Impressive considering there was very little information about the finalized Hulkbuster design from Avengers: Age of Ultron available that long ago for Extreme Costumes to work with. "This is the single-most largest, domineering thing I've ever done in my life," DePetrillo said.
At least all that hard work paid off in the end. In addition to being a worldwide trending topic on Facebook, the Hulkbuster took home the title at the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay. How they intend to top this one remains to be seen, but the Hulkbuster will be headed to Chicago for C2E2 for the next round of the cosplay competition. Good luck, everyone else. Your work is cut out for you.
You can check out even more behind the scenes production images on the Extreme Costumes Facebook page, as well as seeing some of the other creative designs the team has crafted over the years.