This Hulkbuster armor shown at NY Comic Con is real, and it’s spectacular

OK, so it’s possible that this whole cosplay thing (short for costume-play) might just be getting a little bit out of hand.

What started out as a few superfans stitching together their favorite characters’ costumes using whatever you might find at your local arts and crafts store, has culminated in the construction of a scale model of Tony Stark’s famous hulkbuster armor, featured in one of the baddest action scenes from Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Thomas DePetrillo debuted the suit at New York Comic Con 2015 and told reporters that it took him around 1,600 hours to build … sounds like coswork to us. Despite a profile that stands almost 10 feet tall and a weight of 95 lbs., DePetrillo was able to cruise around Jacobs Javits Center in the armor, leaving a host of gawking attendees in his wake.

As it turns out, the suit’s architect owns a costuming company called Extreme Costumes, which has already pulled in top prizes at other Comic Cons around the country. While that makes this a bit more explicable, we’re still in awe of how dedicated some fans can be.

If DePetrillo ever wants to go into the home security business, this suit could be a pretty effective deterrent to burglars, in-laws, and other unwanted guests. Just a thought.

For the uninitiated, the hulkbuster armor was designed as a countermeasure in case The Hulk ever got out of hand with his smashing. Watch the Age of Ultron or check out the video above to see it in action. Warning: You will want one by the time you’re done.

While it will be quite a while before we see the Avengers all on-screen together again, the franchise is moving forward with Avengers: Infinity War – Part I (May 4, 2018) and Avengers: Infinity War – Part II (May 3, 2019), so fans have plenty to look forward to.

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