I will not be able to watch TRON again without thinking about this costume. Especially since this Jay Maynard person looks very much like the man who hired me for my first post-college job. I think the following paragraph sums up the entire costume-making experience:
I made a few compromises. I wanted to be as close to the original as possible, but let's face it: I'm not the same shape as either Bruce Boxleitner or Jeff Bridges (the actors who played Tron and Flynn, respectively). I'm somewhat overweight, as you see (one drawback of wearing spandex is that it does nothing to hide one's obesity). Therefore, I decided to make myself a character in the same universe, but not one of the known characters, which gave me much more latitude in what I could do with paint and other design items.Thanks to mlsmithjr for pointing me to this page. I don't even want to think about how he discovered it.
To be clear: I heartily applaud Jay Maynard's dedication to TRON and his desire to make as realistic a costume as possible. I even more heartily applaud his dedication to documenting the process and publishing a web page about it. I've done some dorky things in the past -- and will likly continue to do dorky things in the future -- but I think this definitely takes the cake.
Jay Maynard's not the only one to have made a costume -- there's a whole web site devoted to people who have made TRON costumes.