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I spent hours reading about others’ attempts to make Sam Flynn’s Tron costume, mostly on Instructables, Cosplay forums and YouTube. I was so impressed with the time, effort and amount of money people spent on trying to make their costumes. I’d like to credit them all but there were simply too many.
A lot of attempts seemed to use a boiler suit or leather biker clothing. In my opinion those costumes looked too baggy. If you look at the costume that Sam Flynn wears, it’s pretty tight fitting, obviously custom made. I saw a behind-the-scenes clip once of Garrett Hedlund putting on the costume (actually someone else had to put it on him) and that cemented in my mind that it needed to be a tight fit. So I thought of using a wetsuit as the base. For the lights, I’ve seen some pretty amateur efforts using glow-sticks – the kind that you see at raves, but they’re quite inflexible.
The obvious choice of technology is electro-luminescent wire (or EL wire) and EL tape. This was the actual technology used in Tron Legacy, so why not? I’ll tell you why not – EL wire and especially EL tape are expensive. But it’s worth it. Next, I decided to use sheet foam for the panels that would be worn on top of the wetsuit and house the EL wire and EL tape. The foam would be attached to the wetsuit using a mixture of velcro, superglue and fastenable straps. Finally, the Tron identity disc. You can buy the toy from Disney online. Some modification would need to be made to get the lights to stay continuously on – then the real challenge would be how to mount the Tron disc onto the suit.