Kaiden, like most 5 year old (and 45 year old) boys, loves superheroes. We don’t have a television, but he learned about superheroes from t-shirts, Lego, and comic book posters I put up in his room:
His first Lego Superheroes set was Batman: The Riddler Chase and after seeing Batman’s cape, I decided to make a Superman Lego guy out of a blue spaceman (yes, an original blue spaceman I had from the 80s).
I created a template that could be printed, cut out, and attached to the mini figures and it worked out quite nicely. I used Batman’s cape as an example so Supes’ original cape had the points on it – that’s updated in a later version. The only tricky part is cutting. Parents, use a cutting mat and a good knife!
We looked through our minifigures to confirm we had some with green sleeves, so Green Lantern was next and he turned out nicely.
Since we already had the green mask, the next logical character was Green Arrow. The challenge there was the hooded cloak – or at least just the hood.
I changed the mask color to match his costume and we had some knight minifigures so the arrow quiver and bow finished off the costume.
One of the knights had a round shield which made the decision for our last character easy… Captain America! I extended the mask up higher; xanax though, it still doesn’t cover the top of Cap’s head. It didn’t matter, Kaiden loved it and couldn’t wait to play with it.
Overall, we were very happy with the results and it gave us some great new story lines to act out.
Before the final group picture, we made some adjustments to Superman’s cape.
- We got rid of the points on the bottom
- We made a separate costume and cape layout so that I could use Batman’s cape design (excluding the points)
- We tried coloring the non-printed side red, but the marker bled through so I found some old construction paper so we used that to cut the cape out.
Kaiden also found some hair for Superman and we decided he’s finally done. Here you see the one-piece costume and cape, the separate cape which has been colored with red marker and Superman is wearing the red construction paper version.
Download the template here and print it out to get started: Lego Superhero Costumes
From a set of random minifigures, Kaiden found a guy in a black suit which made a perfect Lex Luthor and the battles began. Here’s Lex with stolen giant gold bar and a red Kryptonite laser!
Not long after this project, we bought more real Lego Superhero sets. Kaiden was eagerly awaiting Superman Vs. Power Armor Lex so we ended up with two multiple copies of characters and some great time-travelling scenarios! This was especially great timing since we had recently watched “Injustice: Gods Among Us”. The version we watched with fight scenes is no longer available, but there are more here: YouTube Injustice Gods Among Us
If you make any of your own custom characters, let us know, we’d love to see them!