No, I am Sportacus!

This one’s pretty different from my usual fare, but when I had a commission request come in asking for this I couldn’t help but be excited about it. I’m old enough that I was nowhere near the target audience for LazyTown when it was airing, but the constant meme presence of the show made sure I knew about it. Sportacus is a pro-health, pro-exercise hero in the show who tries to keep kids engaged in physical activity and off of eating sugar. 

The client here asked for the ‘hard surface’ components of Sportacus’s costume – the bracers, belt buckle, chest emblem, and ribbing details. He wears goggles as well, but those are the type of thing that you can generally grab off the shelf and paint to match, so it wasn’t necessary for me to reproduce them. I did a bit of digging around the internet and came up with enough reference images to work from.

To start with, I modeled the belt and chest emblems flat, which let me get the sizing and details right. After the geometry was set up, I used a bend modifier to give the parts a gentle curve to try and form around the body measurements I got from the client. Loops were then added to the back to accommodate an approximately 2″ wide belt. 

Sportacus’s bracers looked to be mostly made from fabric, but the client wanted something 3D-printable and solid. I made a form that could be printed standing upright, and added a few holes for straps or elastic so that they’d be easier to wear.

A study of some of the images I found showed that the ‘ribbing’ details on Sportacus’s shoulders were also present on the sides of his jacket, under each arm. The shapes looked fairly similar across the costume, so I opted to make a ‘large’ rib and a ‘small’ rib model, which could be paired up in each location. I added some basic holes to the parts so they could be sewed, riveted, or otherwise attached to a jacket.

After chopping the chest emblem and belt buckle up into halves so I had flat surfaces to print from, the process of getting them printed went pretty smoothly, though a little sanding will need to be done by the client once they get the parts.

Given how niche this is, I don’t expect there’s going to be a ton of demand for it, but I’ve gone ahead and made the files available on my web store as a ‘pay-what-you-want’ item. Enjoy!

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