"Guardians of the Galaxy" fans have already made their own life-size Groot swing., tributes, and even a . But this may be the ultimate Groot homage -- a
The Groot swing was made for a new Web series appropriately called "Super Fan Builds," hosted by Alison Haislip. The bi-weekly show, presented by Break and hosted on the Awe Me channel on YouTube, features elaborate creations from Hollywood's top prop makers, Tim Baker Creations. In the show, they build detailed custom tributes for super-fans of comic books, video games, movies and pop culture franchises like "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Batman" and more.
In the debut episode, artist Tim Baker and his team create an awe-inspiring tribute to Groot from "Guardians of the Galaxy" for super fans Michael Coleman and son Patrick, who were nominated by Michael's wife, Karen.
Baker initially built a Groot swing maquette, or small scale model of the intended final sculpture, so all the angles could be properly determined before time-consuming welding began.
Initially, Groot's head is made from urethane foam, which is lightweight and easy to sculpt. Baker uses a curry comb, which is designed for grooming horses, to sculpt the foam into Groot's recognizable face.
The swing set itself is made from sturdy metal that can withstand both the weight of a child or an adult. After the frame is welded, the crew add foam elements that will make up Groot's body for the swing.
Inside Groot's arms and hands are steel rods and resin to make them stronger. In "Guardians of the Galaxy," Groot's hands and arms light up with a firefly effect. Baker and his team wanted to replicate the look so they used LED lights in the swing as well.
The entire swing is also covered in dark epoxy resin that bonds with fiberglass to form a strong, waterproof layer. The vines on Groot are made from ropes wrapped and threaded throughout the body.
The results are breath-taking, and the Coleman family flip out when they see the Groot swing in all its glory in their yard.
"It's too cool, I can't even talk about it," young Patrick said as he tries out the swing in the video.
If you have a super-fan to nominate, contact the producers of "Super Fan Builds" at firstname.lastname@example.org