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Snake Eyes is the mute ninja from the GI Joe 1980s series. Silent, deadly, uses a katana and guns, AND A SUPE SWEET VISOR?! What more can you ask for!!!

In 2016, I had plans to propose to my "then" girlfriend and I wanted to do it at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). I was going to have all my friends wear costumes and hold up letters asking her to marry me. Well, I had originally made a Snake Eyes costume several years ago, but it was in drastic need of upgrades. Years ago, i had only thought of using fabric and foam to create miscellaneous pieces. However, I leveled up in skill and thought it was time for a more armored Snake Eyes.


- Black Balaclava (motorcycle mask)

-black long sleeve shirt (Turtle neck works great for this)

-black pants

-black military boots

-Black gloves

-Black Belt

-toy samurai sword

-craft foam

- EVA Foam

- plexi-glass (home depot)

-2 spice caps

- Self-adhesive window tint

-Silver sharpie

-toy gun

-kwikseal caulk

-plastidip or modge lodge

-Hot glue



-comic book cardboard

-pvc pipe

-Mini Black plastic buckles


-key rings

-shoulder strap of lap top bag with clasps at each end

-Heating gun

-Strong miniature magnets (home depot)

-thin metal squares (about 1x1 inch). i just sawed some off of a metal ruler.

-Dog tags

-little circular magnets

- silver thumb tacks

Step 1: Reference Pictures

Before I ever start ANY costume, I look up a ton of reference photos from various sources and put it in a folder. The more pictures from different angles, the better.

Look up: 1. Actual photos of the character from its source (movies, comics, action figure, etc)

2. Cosplay pictures. You can see what has been done, what you like, what you don't like, how to improve on a design. You can also start getting an idea of different poses you think you'd like to do.

3. I start looking at art work. I usually look up things via google images, deviant art, tumblr, etc. This way, you can see different renditions of a character through a new perspective and once again, start thinking about what you like, don't like, etc.

4. Use your own imagination. Think about what you want, how to make it your own original design, what are some tricks you think you'd like to incorporate.. perhaps you want to try out a new technique with this build, etc

Optional: 5. If you can draw, I sometimes will take all my reference sources and start drawing out my own design.

really impressive! nice job!

thank you!