Today is Halloween, and if you’re dressing up as something, you probably already have your costume picked out and hopefully put together. If not, there’s always next year. It’s never too soon to start planning, and given a year’s worth of lead time, you should be able come up with something pretty damn epic. For instance, how about a 10-foot-tall, flame-shooting costume of the Transformers‘ Bumblebee?
That’s right: if you live around the greater Phoenix area, and have somewhere in the neighborhood of $9000 burning a hole in your pocket, the Bumblebee costume could be yours. This is your chance to fulfill your greatest childhood fantasy of becoming a goddamned Transformer. That’s the dream.
So, yeah. Someone built a giant Bumblebee suit. A giant Bumblebee Suit that shoots fire! As impressive as this outfit is, the whole thing is only made up of seven pieces—two arms (which bend at the shoulders and elbows), two legs (constructed out of drywall stilts), chest, helmet, and the adjustable license-plate belt. Built with flexible foam and latex paint on a solid wood frame, this costume is “very durable.” There are also LED lights and headlights to complete the effect and increase visibility.
And then there’s the flamethrower. How safe can a homemade robot costume with a built-in flamethrower be, you ask? According to the creator, it is perfectly harmless, though you should make sure no one is standing in front of you when you set it off. The jet of flame shoots three to four feet, and uses cheap butane canisters readily available at retailers like Walmart.
The seller claims there is a world full of moneymaking possibilities for you and your new Bumblebee suit. For example, you can hire yourself out for birthday parties, corporate events, and events at auto dealerships. Nothing makes me want to buy a car more than another car that changes shape and shoots fire.