If you wanted something cheaper you'd basically be sacrificing quality for price.
Are you wanting to get the helmet made too? What about the gun?
I have seen some cheaper Samus suits that use a lot of craft foam, but things like those shoulders and helmet are difficult (time consuming) to make no matter how you look at them.
If you could pick some of the specific materials that you want certain parts to be made out of that could make it a bit cheaper if you can get them to do parts more cheaply than they otherwise would have.
Another option would be to just commission the parts you don't want to make yourself (like only shoulders or something). Craft foam is pretty easy to work with and could probably be used to make the entire leg armor and most of the arm stuff depending on how nicely you want it done.
Edit: Yeah, even for such a fancy costume 5k-7k seems pretty ridiculous. I could see it hitting 1000 (fursuits tend to run about that much or higher) but it can definitely be done for cheaper. I wish I knew where the picture was, but I saw a girl in a decent looking Samus costume recently and the limbs were mostly craft foam.
Last edited by catfetus : 08-26-2010 at 02:30 AM.