Tooth - Rise of the Guardians


MCM London Comic Con October 2014

LFCC Winter 14 Winner, Manchester FCC Summer 16 Winner, New Forest Fairy Festival 2016 Winner

Showcased 15th November 2015 What is this?




Tooth Fairy from 'Rise of the Guardians'.

See our pics and videos at Tooth's Palace on and You can see the construction at

I've never made a costume before so this was my first attempt!

Other costumes I have seen of Tooth use the actor's own head, however like most animated movie characters Tooth's head is oversize and she has beautiful big eyes, so I wanted to try to replicate that. But I didn't want a static head, I wanted it all to work and move naturally. I wanted her to be able to look at you and blink and so on, I wanted her crest to stand up when she gets excited- to make her as real as I possibly could.

I also wanted to get her wings right. I love the way she flaps them and then folds them down her back in the movie, so of course I wanted all of that to work too, and I wanted them the right size and shape.

Also in the movie she flicks her tail, so that had to work as well.

The costume also had to be durable enough for quite a lot of use. I wasn't going to put all this effort in for just one appearance! Considering I'd never done anything like this before it was the biggest challenge I have ever attempted and many nights sleep were lost over it.

Anyway here she is.

Her head features fully working eyes, eyelids, mouth, crest feathers.
All her facial features operate autonomously off sensors which track the facial movements of the person inside.

A friend who is a sculptor made me a clay model of the head. I replicated it with alginate and plaster of paris. The head is made from vacuum-formed plastic formed over the plaster form and covered with hundreds of real feathers. Her face is cast in silicone reinforced with powermesh.

Inside there are six servomotors and two battery packs. I designed and made four bespoke electronic circuits including two microcontrollers and associated software which control six servomotors which operate her crest, eyes, eyelids and mouth. It was fun trying to get all the animatronics to work around someone's head, and the actor's eyelashes are just 1mm from the inside of Tooth's eyes.

Her irises are printed onto plastic film. I made hundreds of tiny pinholes in it with a CNC laser. The pinholes enable the actor to see out.

Her eyeballs are vacuum formed over a wastepipe elbow. Her eyelids are pink lycra stretched over a hinged brass frame, and her eyelashes were designed on the PC and laser cut from smoke grey plastic.

The shape of the head was a problem because Tooth's eyes are set back a long way from her mouth, and her eyes are very far apart. All sorts of tweaks and compromises were made to fit it all around a real human head.

She has ten working wings made of hand-laid carbon fibre which can be opened up, flapped quite quickly and folded down. When folded her wings stack on top of each other in two stacks of five. When open she has a two-metre wingspan. The carbon fibre was laid over a print of the official DreamWorks image of Tooth, so they are an exact replica.

The wings are flapped by a 450W DC motor. A second motor operates the open/close function. The mechanism is fully purpose built, and the backpack also contains two rechargeable batteries. The wings are radio-controlled and the degree of opening and the speed of flapping are all controlled.

Her tail feathers are also motorised and flick occasionally when standing, because they do in the movie. They are servo-driven and operated by a bespoke electronic circuit that also stops them from moving when she sits down.

The tail feathers are weighted with curtain wire, whilst the four 'flag' feathers use GRP plastic rod, both materials giving the desired movement but are durable enough to be sat on.

Her body is custom-printed lycra with padding in certain areas. An artist friend painted me dozens of feathers and I laid them up into a full body artwork on the PC.

The costume is worn by a good family friend as I'm too big and the wrong sex! We've had loads of fun and Tooth delights children and adults alike. The reactions of the adults when she flaps her wings or looks at them and blinks is absolutely super, and for me- it's an real joy to create something which brings so much pleasure to others and was well worth the effort.

I've got no plans to make another costume- this one was enough for me!


Viola posted on 30 July, 2014 - 20:34
You look just like her! Nice job with the costume! (:

Casper posted on 30 July, 2014 - 20:50
That is amazing! Fantastic job!

yuubalu posted on 31 July, 2014 - 14:28
Great job with this. You look awesome!

SteamAndDust posted on 31 July, 2014 - 17:45
So damn cute. Looks exactly like her!

Shinigami_ky posted on 1 August, 2014 - 13:51
Wow this is insane! I'd love to see a video of all the moving parts in action, it sounds amazing!

cowiee posted on 1 August, 2014 - 18:29
Holy wonders of cosplay this is incredible! You did a brilliant job omg im so proud! :'D

Kyuipo posted on 5 August, 2014 - 00:15
So beautiful!! amazing work. *O*

Manjou posted on 11 August, 2014 - 22:10
Amazing costuming and animatronic skills :D I'd also love to see a video of this in motion ^_^

Kitri du Lac posted on 18 August, 2014 - 23:12
This is incredible. Would love to see a video of the animatronics in action!

beth-the-amateur posted on 23 August, 2014 - 15:49
Wow. Honestly amazing, you have the patience I don't xD I love everything about the costume,especially the headpiece, that must have taken forever! Fantastic cosplay :D

leedwood posted on 23 August, 2014 - 20:28
Wow thanks to all you guys for your comments, and for making me so welcome to the cosplay community. Your feedback is so heartwarming, makes the effort so worthwhile and gives our little team here the encouragement to carry on when the job seems endless, impossible or when it's just all gone wrong! Really hoping to see some of you at London MCM ComicCon Oct 26. Cheers :)

rosieroo posted on 27 August, 2014 - 19:49
this is AMAZING

quixoticschlemiel posted on 1 September, 2014 - 18:45
This is insanely incredibly beautiful, I cannot wait to see her in action <3

ArcaneArchery posted on 14 September, 2014 - 20:37
That’s an impressive piece of engineering. First time I’ve seen a cosplay with an animatronic face

Ranma1-2 posted on 14 September, 2014 - 21:24
Wow, this costume is amazing! I hope I get a chance to see the animatronics in operation at the MCM Expo in October!

Ladyoscar1991 posted on 15 September, 2014 - 10:04
I and Leedwood just create our Tooth Fairy cosplay page on Facebook. Here it is : . You also can visit there to see more photos and clips about our work!

lynlatex posted on 18 September, 2014 - 06:07
Magical !

HarryKurt posted on 19 September, 2014 - 19:45
This is incredible... *__*

CrystalNeko posted on 20 October, 2014 - 23:36
Fantastic use of electronics to create such a realistic model of Tooth! This is by far the best costume I've seen of the character and I can't congratulate you enough for the outcome, the hard work and dedication really shows!

SamanthaKaiba posted on 18 April, 2015 - 18:59
This is so amazing...such a great job...I love it so much

KyoukaKami posted on 7 October, 2015 - 23:29
Wow love it. Great job!

puzzledpenguin posted on 8 October, 2015 - 09:55
Incredible! I thought you were another reference at first!

ToroSonyCat posted on 18 November, 2015 - 15:54
Wow, looks absolutely amazing!! You really nailed bringing the animated look to real life.

Storme posted on 20 November, 2015 - 13:39
Superb work, your makeup especially is astonishing!

Storme posted on 20 November, 2015 - 13:40
(okay, having now read the info: that head is astonishing!)

Sephirayne posted on 4 December, 2015 - 14:57
Incredible costume. The work that has gone into this is amazing. Well done on the showcase. Very deserved.

leedwood posted on 8 January, 2016 - 22:30
I haven't been on Cosplay Island for a while. We're having so much fun with Tooth and we tend to keep up to date with our latest pictures and videos. So I've only just seen we got showcased! Oh my goodness thank you so much to whoever did that, and thank-you also for the kind comments above- so good of you all! We are hoping this year will be very special. We are hoping Tooth will be at Bournemouth or Liverpool in March, then MCM London. Then she is going on tour to USA and San Diego Comic Con and incredibly she has been invited to a very special place in Glendale California! I wonder who that might be? We are so lucky and so excited!

Progress Journal

16th November 2017

San Diego and Hollywood

We took Tooth and Jack Frost to San Diego Comic Con. We had an amazing time and Tooth drew a huge crowd. We got an invitation to DreamWorks Animation where 'Rise of the Guardians' was made and were shown around by the chap who animated Tooth- how lucky are we? Then we entered a costume competition and won $1000! Wow!

8th January 2016

Plans for 2016

Tooth's catching up on sleep as she has an exciting and busy year in 2016. Hoping to do Bournemouth Con in March, possibly MCM London in May then we go on tour to USA, including San Diego Comic Con in July. Then we are so lucky and excited to have been invited to somewhere very special near Hollywood... follow us at for latest news, pics and videos.

7th October 2015

We're at MCM London 25th October!

Tooth, Baby Tooth and I are coming to MCM Comic Con London Sunday 25th October 2015. We're hoping to have Baby Tooth flying freely in the foyer- that should be fun!

18th April 2015

We're going to MCM London May 24!

Yup Tooth and I are coming to MCM London Sunday 24 May. Very excited! See you there!

29th October 2014

Accessories Progress

I finished the Tooth Box and Oscar and I finished Baby Tooth in time for MCM London. The tooth box works pretty much as in the movie. When Tooth holds it, brilliant light shines out of it for a moment, then it fades away and the decorated table flips over revealing the teeth. Only Tooth can open it- it has no levers or buttons on the outside.
Baby Tooth actually flies by flapping her wings and we flew her while Tooth was on stage at MCM. She looked really cool flitting round the stage as Tooth came on.

20th October 2014

New plumage!

After an incredible effort we got Tooth's new bodysuit made in time for London Film and Comic Con 2014. The colour, intensity and feather placement is so much better and I'm utterly thrilled with it.

22nd August 2014

Tooth Box started!

Mechanical parts of Tooth Box in progress.

18th August 2014

Body Print

Latest printed sample of the body fabric from Citrus Rain is stunning. The colours are much closer, the contrast and intensity is much improved and the yellow part wraps properly around the neck. Hope we can remake the body in time for MCM ComicCon London.

10th August 2014

Baby Tooth

We've got a Baby Tooth that actually flies by flapping her wings. There are however two problems- 1 She doesn't yet quite look like Baby Tooth, so she needs some work doing, and 2 she's a bit uncontrollable and usually ends up stuck in a tree or disappearing over the neighbour's fence!
She's also been chased by the cat on at least one occasion.

1st August 2014

Tooth's wing mechanism and tooth box

Having loads of fun trying to make a proper cover for her wing mechanism. The cover is such a strange shape. Current idea is to bash it out of thin aluminium and the vacuum form over it, then probably cover it in feather fabric.

Tooth's head has a pair of ventilation fans but they are quite noisy inside, so I've added a speed control so I can slow them down a bit.

Now working on a tooth box. As usual I want it to work, thus as usual letting myself in for more work and lack of sleep. Anyway it's mostly drawn up on the CAD and looking good in theory. It will contain two motor/gear sets- one to open the outer doors and one to flip the internal table to reveal the teeth.