Comic book superheroes inspire fan's movie costume business
A film fanatic from near Wincanton has taken his love of comic book movies to a new level – by turning himself into a superhero.
Angel Sunley, of Henstridge, has set up a business where he makes giant movie replica suits and helmets.
His quirky inventions, which include Iron Man, video game character Halo and 1980s icon RoboCop, have received widespread interest from all over the world.
He said: “I snapped my shoulder in 2007 working as a blacksmith which kept me off work for just under a year.
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“While I was off I decided to make an Iron Man helmet out of paper and then into fibreglass.
“It only started as a hobby but it seems people are willing to spend their money on this sort of thing.
“It’s a dream job for me – I am a huge fan of the Marvel comics, computer games and films.”
Mr Sunley has recently secured his own workshop for the business, after previously constructing his masterpieces at home, in his garage and at his friends’ houses.
He is now taking orders from America and beyond to make superhero suits, helmets and plaques – and believes 2013 is to be an exciting year.
He said: “The year ahead should be fantastic – we have the new Halo game, Iron Man 3, Thor 2 and the new Gears of War. I am also hoping to make a warthog vehicle from the Halo series.
“My wife, Faye, is really supportive and has been from the very start and helps me with some of the painting.”
In July, Mr Sunley is hoping to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in a full Iron Man suit to raise money for a cancer charity.
He is keen to complete the unique challenge with his best friend and brother in memory of his late mother, Heather, who died of the disease.
Mr Sunley said: “My mum died 11 years ago from cancer and I looked after her for the year she had it.
“Almost everyone I know has either been affected or knows someone who has been affected by cancer, so I wanted to do something completely different to raise a lot of money for the charities who help so many people
“I could just raise a couple of thousand pounds by doing something like a bungee jump, but I want to raise much more.
“Some people have said I won’t be able to do it, so that’s all the motivation I need."