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Father-son MechWarrior costume is beyond MechAdorable

This creative costume makes cosplaying MechWarrior look like a blast. Made from cardboard, PVC and Velcro, the getup may not win battles, but it does win our praise.

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That's what we call Baby BattleTech! Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

While you were dressed as Batman, Wonder Woman, an Angry Bird or maybe just a ghost (with a sheet over your head), Ryan Bowen and his baby son Geraint were busy winning every Halloween costume contest -- or at least the popular vote on Twitter -- as the Sunder from the MechWarrior game series.

"My husband had this costume planned for several years, long before we had a child," Bowen's wife wrote on Imgur. "The inspiration was a computer game he played in high school. When we found out we were having a baby, he got to work. Ryan sketched out the rough designs probably two months before Geraint was born. With so much baby stuff coming in the mail, we had plenty of boxes for him to work with, so he just had to buy a few things to make it."

In the MechWarrior game, the Sunder weighs 90 tons, but to safely carry his 6-month-old baby, Bowen used much lighter materials consisting mostly of PVC, cardboard boxes and Velcro straps.

"Ryan built a frame for the body out of PVC and wrapped a cardboard shell around it and secured it to the frame with zip ties," Bowen's wife said. "He then cut and sculpted the other pieces out of cardboard, with some foam board details to add a true 3D effect. The joints are all fastened with Velcro cable wraps, and the head and other pieces attach to the main body with Velcro tape."

"The legs are supported by a belt, which is hidden under the body," she continued. "His arms slip into the gun pods and he has more Velcro straps on the inside in order to hold them. The feet just fit over his shoes by gluing toilet paper tubes on the inside to take up the extra space."

Watching the video of the MechWarrior Sunder costume -- which they've nicknamed MechDaddy -- in action, it's easy to see the costume was a labor of love. Bowen is hidden inside the cardboard costume while his baby Geraint looks like he's a tiny pilot at the controls.