Alien Queen Costume


Animation director and self-proclaimed “Queen of monsters” Ashley J Long wanted to make something that could be used for Halloween and Comic Con. The queen alien from Aliens 2 would fit the bill as something that is scary and a huge part of geek culture. After all, according to her it can “dislodge a human head from its spine in under 5 seconds.” Being gooey in the movie doesn’t hurt the creepiness factor either.

The headpiece is the thing that most stands out and was the most work for this project. It’s made out of 50-60 sheets of card stock which were cut and glued over a 2 month period (geeks must always remember to plan early for Halloween). The in-process headpiece was braced with drinking straw, then coated with Bondo boat resin and painted. Various jewels were also added for effect.

A bike helmet was then squeezed into a place that seemed to be the most balanced, then locked in place with adhesive and clay. You can see some of the process and finished pictures in the gallery below.

Naturally there’s also a black outfit that goes along with it, as well as a spine piece and egg. The spine was made of flexible aluminum conduit with sheet foam for the vertebrae, while the egg is made out of paper mache. Apparently it’s filled with green slime, so don’t stick your hand in there!

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Jeremy is an engineer with 10 years experience at his full-time profession, and has a BSME from Clemson University. Outside of work he’s an avid maker and experimenter, building anything that comes into his mind!

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