“There was an idea to bring together a group of…

“There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if we could become something more.” (3/3)  

Watch the new Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer….

Watch the new Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer. Get your tickets now: www.fandango.com/infinitywar

Suit up, power up, and team up with friends in explosive co-op…

Suit up, power up, and team up with friends in explosive co-op fights from across the Marvel Universe! Be the hero in Marvel #PowersUnitedVR for Oculus Rift + Touch: powersunitedvr.com

We’re hooked on a feeling with the new official Guardians…

We’re hooked on a feeling with the new official Guardians of the Galaxy sterling silver jewelry from RockLove Jewelry! Shop now: http://www.rocklove.com/merchandise/guardians

Put yourself in the shoes of the Guardians -…

Put yourself in the shoes of the Guardians – “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series” premieres April 18! Get the details: http://bit.ly/2mMM5S2 

The new Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy…

The new Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” posters have landed!

Check out the new Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the…

Check out the new Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” poster!

Hit play. Check out the new Marvel Studios’…

Hit play. Check out the new Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” poster!

They’re back. Watch the extended big game spot…obviously….

They’re back. Watch the extended big game spot…obviously. #GotGVol2

‘Tis the season for gingerbread cookies — Marvel-style!…

‘Tis the season for gingerbread cookies — Marvel-style! Watch Patti Paige from Baked Ideas create these adorable and delicious treats.

Escape from the Collector with Rocket and Groot in this new…

Escape from the Collector with Rocket and Groot in this new Marvel & Funko animated short!

It’s showtime! Watch the brand new Marvel Studios’…

It’s showtime! Watch the brand new Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” teaser trailer. Obviously.

Happy Tuesday! We’re bringing you another Cosplay Cover…

Happy Tuesday! We’re bringing you another Cosplay Cover Spotlight!

Next up is HurleyFX, who is on Rocket Raccoon & Groot #1 Cosplay Variant, on sale tomorrow.

As we’ved spotlighted HurleyFX’s Groot before, we’ve brought back his break-down here!

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My interpretation of GROOT was sculpted in sections over of life cast of my body. The order was Head, Hands, Legs, Torso, then Arms.

Each piece that was to be made in latex had to be sculpted 10% bigger than I needed due to latex shrinking.

Then a 2 part plaster mold was made, trying to keep the seam lines as disguised as possible. The molds varied from approximately 15lb per hand to in excess of 400lbs for the legs, which were in excess of 5ft tall.

For the smaller pieces the molds were dwelled with latex for between 35-45 minutes, for the bigger molds, I had to brush in layers of latex until I had an approximate even thickness, then place the mold halves together and finish brushing latex over the seam line in the mold.

Custom home made mini stilts were made to make the overall height of Groot at his total highest ( little branch on top ) 7’10.

Once the parts were out of the mold and had finished curing, I test fitted them and used foam tubing to flesh out any areas that needed to fit better, and trimmed the rest to where I felt the seams would be less visible.

Then the Silicone head was painted with FUSEFX silicone pigments, and the latex body suit was painted with washes of FWINK’s. Latex was matte clear coated with Liquitex Matte. Then vines and moss were added, along with his little shoulder branch.

Thus the finished Groot!

I like to push what it is possible for me to create, and if I am told something cannot be done, it just makes me try harder to prove that thinking wrong.

I am totally self-taught and often do things that are not the norm, as was once said necessity is the mother of invention, and that I find is very true. And it is also fun coming up with unique solutions to problems.

Being someone who loves creature creation, I was immediately drawn to Groot when I found out Guardians was being made, and although he was going to be totally CGI (which he had to be on screen) 3 months prior to Dragon-con I decided I to see what kind of Groot I could come up with using practical effects.

For more from Hurley FX, click over to his Facebook.

Click over to the Marvel.com Gallery of all the Marvel Cosplay Variants.

Stay tuned to Marvel’s Tumblr as we have one final spotlight from our Cover Variants on January 19th!

Photographs provided by Judy Stephens and HurleyFX.

Day 30 of the Fifth Annual Costoberfest; a celebration of Marvel…

Day 30 of the Fifth Annual Costoberfest; a celebration of Marvel Cosplay and Costuming from around the World!

We’d

like to introduce you to Kevin as Star-Lord, Division-Ten as Rocket, Anastasia as Star-Lord, Scott & Amy as the Collector and Carina and John as Star-Lord!

Photography provided by RiverWalk Studios, Reutan, Curious Joi, Vivid Disaster Studios and Garry SPeipht Photography.

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For even more, head to http://marvel.com/costoberfest

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All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older. All selected
individuals/groups will be required to sign and return Marvel’s
likeness release and waiver form.

Highlights from Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con Costume Contest!…

Highlights from Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con Costume Contest!

Judges Ann Foley, Hannah Kent and Judy Stephens had their work cut out for them as they had an amazing group of cosplayers and costumers enter. After much deliberation, Nebula was awarded Best Female, Starlord was Best Male, Rocket Raccoon with Baby Groot for Best Prop and Best in Show was Black Panther and Shuri. A huge thanks to all those who competed and were able to attend!

For more Cosplay coverage from SDCC: Marvel Cosplay & Costuming 2015

And even more photos, Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015

Photos by Nicole Ciaramella.