Eric Levine originally planned to transform his nephew's wheelchair into an AT-AT Walker from Star Wars for TerrifiCon. However, when 11-year-old Ellijah Davila decided he'd rather go as the Incredible Hulk, his uncle leaped into action. Butt-kicking action.
An optician from Keene, New Hampshire, Levine doesn't have a background in costume design, but he told the Keene Sentinel he wanted Elijah's outfit to be “the Hulk with butt-kicking action." After researching materials that he could turn into legs to attach to the wheelchair, Levine settled on foam and PVC pipe, and went to work.
On the hulking green legs, which can be moved by levers, Levine spelled out "HULK" and "SMASH" using green LED light. Ellijah, who was diagnosed at age 3 with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, donned Hulk fists and a mask to complete the costume.
Held last month in Ucasville, Connecticut, TerriCon turned into a family affair, with Levine, his wife, two children and mother-in-law all going in costume. Levine, who pushed Ellijah's wheelchair and helped him operate the Hulk's legs, dressed as Bruce Banner, suitably enough.
“It made me feel good,” Ellijah told the newspaper. “A lot of people liked it.”
He plans to dress as the again for Halloween. After that, Levine and his wife plan to donate it to a local child who also uses a wheelchair. And Levine hasn't given up on that AT-AT Walker design: He plans to build it for next year's convention.