What happens when you combine a childhood passion for LEGO, the videogame Halo and the ability to build elaborate costumes? You get the first ever LEGO Master Chief body armor suit. The suit -- based on the attire worn by the protagonist of the Halo series -- was created by fan Benny Caulkin who began to examine the possibility of a full-blown suit following the success of his first LEGO creation: a Master Chief helmet. “At first it was just a fantasy, which is reasonable enough,” he said. “I mean, come on, a full-blown LEGO Master Chief costume? It is pretty ridiculous. But when I started to take it seriously, I finally realized it was possible, and I committed myself to it.”
Completing the suit was an arduous task, says Benny Caulkin and he is relieved to be finished. “I was getting pretty tired of it, and I’m not sure how much longer I could have gone on,” he said. “But I am glad I did, because now I can say that I’m the only person to (successfully) build a Master Chief costume out of LEGO.”
Check out our gallery to view highlights from Caulkin’s creation or check out his Flickr to witness the entire complicated process.
Photo credits: DVice
Lego Enthusiast Benny Culkin Creates Halo-Inspired Body Armor
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