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Mark and his boys — known online as @transformerskids — are passionate about cosplaying as their favorite “Transformers” characters.
In the original video, taken in 2018 at a cosplaying event, the boys went viral for their depictions of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Starscream.
And while Mark’s ingenious costumes look like they’re made of expensive and complicated material, they’re actually constructed using everyday items — and they cost less than store-bought costumes!
“They are made mostly from cardboard and polypropylene strapping for the hinges,” said Mark. “The cardboard we get for free from the local grocery store, and we also use wooden paint ‘stir sticks’ (also free) for reinforcement…”
Mark continued, “Excluding matching shoes, each costume costs about $30 to make … that includes paint, material for clothing, and building supplies.”
For those interested in how Mark puts together his elaborate costumes, his YouTube channel is full of step-by-step videos documenting his process.
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‘Where were these when I was young?!’
Thousands of TikTokers from around the world responded to @overtime‘s now-viral footage.
“That’s awesome and very creative,” one user wrote.
“Not me 23 years old still thinking of doing this,” another TikToker joked.
“Holy crap this is so cool,” one user commented.
“Do they make these in adult sizes?” a would-be customer inquired.
“Where were these when I was young?!” cried another user.
“Best costumes I’ve seen in a while,” observed another.
Hopefully, Mark and his boys will continue to stun the world with their incredible creativity and inspire us all for many Halloweens to come!
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