So I had a themed party to go to. It was “1987-1989”.
I racked my brain until I discovered the Nintendo Gameboy was first released on April 21st 1989. Thanks wikipedia.
With the spark of creativity I grabbed a few boxes and set to work:
Everything is to scale. Constantly measuring. Maths sucks. Scale and ratio suck.
I was pondering how to great the indents where the buttons lie. I contemplated cutting out holes and making it step down, but then realised I was working with corrugated cardboard and could squish the corrugation. A large marble was perfect to work the cardboard without tearing the top layer.
A few buttons and speaker vents cut out it was looking great.
I originally intended it to be a box head.. but this would result in minimum manoeuvrability of my neck/torso and most importantly making drinking difficult, so I scraped the idea.
A trip to Bunnings for the closest spray paint I could find. The lightest grey they had was the dark one, except for a grey primer. The primer was matt so after a second coat I gave it a clear coat to match the gloss of the dark grey.
A few shoulder straps glued and taped on and it was done..
And my good self wearing it on the night.
This took me a couple hours every second night for like 2 weeks to complete. It was really hot (40°C) during and didn’t feel like working on it most of the time.. But had I another week I would have put more detail in, like the lettering, small details on the d-pad, power light, an image on the screen and label on the cartridge on the back etc
The design of how I wore it wasn’t flawless either.. it tended to ride up on my neck (CARDBOARD CUTS!), flare out instead of sitting flush with my body and sitting down was awkward, but those are minor nuances and for the most part it was a great success with many kudos given, except for the woman who thought it was a calculator.. SERIOUSLY?!
There were a few other cool costumes that night too, including these two English guys who came as separate Tetris pieces. I tip my hat to you sirs.