Who else is excited for a new post series?!! I’m super excited to be working on this, and I’m still open to suggestions for future costumes. 🙂
In the Costume Palooza series, I’ll be showing you some super fun (and, indubitably, extremely geeky) cosplays/costumes that I’ve translated into doll form! 🙂 I’ll also be sharing how I made the outfits, and what materials I used.
First up is……………….
The Avengers!!! 😀
Read on to see the making of the Dollvengers (yes, that IS what we are calling this 😉 ), followed by the official trailer and some more photos!
I have had an obsession with superheroes ever since I was a little girl. Seriously, though, in my mind, superheroes ranked right up there with princesses and fairies. 🙂 Having two older brothers, I was watching Justice League and Batman cartoons almost as much as I watched Barbie movies. 😉
In recent years, my obsession has expanded to include Marvel heroes as well as DC, mainly because of THIS movie:
Source: IMDB Gallery
More specifically, it was THIS guy. (YES I have a huge crush on him, what of it? 😉 )
Without question, Captain America is absolutely my favorite. I have yet to see the Civil War movie, but it should be pretty obvious by now that I am #TeamCap!!!! 😉
I really love all of the different outfits that Cap wears throughout all of the movies, but I kind of tend to like the version in the Avengers best. In any case, here is a collage of some of Cap’s different looks, so you can see where I drew my inspiration from. 🙂
Source: Google Image Search
When deciding which doll to use for Cap, the answer was, without a doubt, DEXTER. 😉
I started with DGRequiem Art’s Ever After High Boy Basics pattern to make the pants and shirt out of stretch fabric. Next, I molded the red and white part out of Sugru moldable plastic. I also added some brown strips of paperboard to look like leather.
I thought that Alistair’s boots were perfect, too. 🙂 For the shield, I roughly followed My Froggy Stuff’s instructions in her Doll Superhero Video. I coated it with Mod Podge several times to get the shine I wanted.
Aaaaand, here is the finished product! 😀 (without a mask, because I wanted to make it more recognizable as Dexter)
Next, I knew I wanted to make Black Widow. If I were a superhero, I would want to be like her. As in, a super cool spy who doesn’t necessarily need powers. 😉
Her look stays pretty constant throughout the movies, although her hair does get a little longer in the Winter Soldier.
Source: Google Image Search
I knew that one of the O’Hair twins should be Black Widow, but I wasn’t sure which one. Poppy has the short red hair, but the purple mixed in sort of ruins the look. Holly has the all-red hair, but it’s super long. In the end, I decided on Holly, because the pure red looked better to me.
I made her pants and top freehand, and the jacket is from the Bratz fashion pack I reviewed a while back, with a SHIELD logo added on both shoulders. Her boots are from Freak du Chic Frankie, and I made her bracelets and belt buckle out of Sugru moldable plastic.
Her gun is from one of my older brother’s soldier dolls, and yes, it is very out of proportion. 😉
Next up, it’s HAMMER TIME! 😉
I’m only sort of kidding. Seriously, Thor is probably in my top three favorite Marvel heroes. Okay, let’s just accept from here on out that I have a crush on every single guy character in the Avengers movie. 😉
Anywho, Alistair was my only blonde doll option, so even though his hair isn’t quite as voluminous as I would have wanted, and he isn’t quite as ruggedly handsome as I wished, I did what I could. 😉
Thor has several different looks, but they all have the same basic elements. I opted for the sleeveless version.
Source: Google Image Search
His pants are recycled from signature Dexter, and I freehanded his undershirt. I made the armored chest plate by weaving strips of silver paperboard, and his cape is recycled from my Cerise ball gown.
So, first, we need to get this out of the way. And yes, I did make this meme. 😉
Okay. There we go. 😉
For Mjolnir (which, in case you don’t know, is the name of Thor’s hammer 🙂 ), I in a sense created a cube of paperboard, then added a handle and leather strap. The detailing was done with hot glue before it was painted. His gauntlets were made using the same detailing technique, but are really just a tube. His boots are from one of my brother’s soldier dolls.
Next up is a guy who, in my opinion, doesn’t get enough appreciation. Yes, I’m talking about Hawkeye. Let’s be honest, though, he’s pretty awesome. 😉 I wasn’t sure at first who I want to cosplay him, but in the end I decided on Hunter. (More on this down below) Thankfully, Hawkeye’s outfit is pretty simple.
Source: Google Images
I freehanded his shirt and added some grayish/maroonish accents and a SHIELD badge. His pants are made from the same DGRequiem Art pattern linked in the Captain America section above, and his shoes are repainted from Deuce Gorgon’s Mansters Two-Pack shoes. His bow and quiver are actually from the Friendship Games Sporty Style Archery Twilight Sparkle doll, for whom I have a review in the works right now. I just repainted them black with maroon accents and removed the heart shaped tip of the arrow and replaced it with a tip molded out of Sugru. His gauntlet is made from black fabric strips.
For Iron Man, there isn’t as much to talk about. I was really out of guy dolls at this point, and so I used My Froggy Stuff’s Custom Tony Stark Doll Tutorial (which is AWESOME! 😀 ) to turn my Princess Power Reporter Ken into Tony. I really, though, didn’t know what to do about the whole Iron Man suit thing, though. UNTIL I remembered that My Froggy Stuff had somehow managed to put her Naveen doll’s head onto an Iron Man doll body in her Everyday Heroes Darbie Show Episode (which is also extremely awesome 🙂 ). So I took off to Walmart, found a 12″ Iron Man doll, made the switch (it was actually really easy), and HERE you go, a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist! 😛 (That’s a quote from the movie 😉 )
Before I show you the trailer, I wanted to explain some of my choices for which dolls should cosplay each character, beyond the obvious appearance similarities. (Feel free to skip this part if you’re dying to see the trailer. I would be too! 😉 )
I felt that Dexter was best suited for Captain America not only because they are both extremely adorable and have dirty blond-ish hair, but because they both can feel awkward sometimes. Also, they both have/had a big brother figure in their lives whom they looked up to. Those big brother figures were both sort of arrogant, and they both went through hard times later, ending up taking a back seat to their little brothers. For Dex, this is Daring (the hard time that I’m talking about is him turning into the Beast in Epic Winter, which was awesome by the way 😉 ), and with Bucky it’s obviously the whole Winter Soldier deal. For Black Widow, I basically chose Holly because of the red hair. Nothing else, really. 🙂 Moving on to Thor, I thought that Alistair was a good choice not only because of the blonde hair (Although let’s admit it, Alistair looks a lot more like Thor in his cartoon/webisode version 😉 ), but also because they both come from lands separate from all of the other characters. For Alistair, this is Wonderland, and for Thor this is Asgard. Also, they both have crushes on slightly geeky girls. 🙂 For Hawkeye, I chose Hunter not only because of his archery skills, but also because in Age of Ultron we learn that Hawkeye has a wife and really cares about her. I feel like Hunter is this way about Ashlynn (even though they aren’t married…..yet 😉 ). There really is no character meaning behind the casting of a customized Ken doll as Iron Man. Like I said, I was desperate for guy dolls. COME ON, TOY COMPANIES, GIVE US MORE BOYS!!!! 😉
But. I know that you all probably just want to see the trailer. Not me geeking out over how much I love the EAH guys and how much I love the Avengers. 😉
Enjoy, and be sure to read further for the full photo shoot, and be sure to let me know which Dollvenger is your fave in the poll! 🙂
Here is the whole crew who worked on the video, including the behind the scenes dolls, including Maddie of Salsa Narwhal Productions, who graciously provided tea to the crew throughout filming. 😉
Oh, and since I have the Grace doll now, this photo had to happen. 😉 (WHAT? I made a good Jane Foster sub, right? 😉 )
DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of these characters, nor am I affiliated with Marvel. This is purely fan art, and NOT a claim of ownership in any way.