“For most of us, a Halloween costume is something you panic buy on October 30.
It’s usually an amalgamation of the dregs that were left in the local pound shop – namely, ‘short blue bob’ wig, a devil tail and some fake vampire teeth.
Cue the awkward questions from fellow party guests. “What are you even meant to be?”
But one man from Northern Ireland has put us all to shame on the Halloween outfit front – and there’ll be no doubt in anybody’s minds as to who he’s dressed as.
James Muldoon, 30, from Aughnacloy, discovered he had a lot of spare time on his hands after his wedding in October last year.
Deciding to take on a project, he turned to building an Iron Man suit – just like a real life Tony Stark.
But there’s just one small difference – he made his out of YOGA MATS.
So really, he’s ‘Yoga Mat Man’. It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but we’ll let him off.
James told Mirror Online: “I am a massive Marvel fan – especially the Avengers – and I wanted to build something that wasn’t just another costume.
“I started the costume in November last year and worked on it at weekends, on and off, until March. I’ve been tidying it up since.”
And if you’re wondering why Iron Man is holding a baby… No, he hasn’t just saved it from a villain. This is actually James’ son, James Jr, who is just five weeks old.
We’re guessing he won’t have as much time on his hands anymore to create his next costume…
How did he do it?
James said: “I was able to get the plans from forums online and edited them to the suit I wanted.
“It’s made from 3mm packing foam, which is what yoga and camping mats are made from.
“Using the 3D blueprints, I cut out the shapes and glued them together using a hot glue gun. Then came layers of PVA glue, primer and finally I spray painted the design on.
“I personalised it a bit more by adding LEDs and shades to the eyes and creating touch lights to the chest and hands to make it more like the real thing!”
What advice would James give to others wanting to replicate this costume?
“Advice I’d give would definitely be measure twice and cut once- there have been a few mistakes made along the way.
“I’d really encourage people to check therpf.com to see what other people have done and how they’ve done it.””
Isn’t it amazing how a groundbreaking movie from 2008 is still inspiring people to make their very own Iron Man armor? We think so!