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I first got started in April 2008 when I heard there was to be a Tokyopop ReCon event at my local Waterstones. Coincidentally, LittleKuriboh (creator of YuGiOh the Abridged Series) had uploaded a video of his local ReCon's cosplay competition. So then I decided to enter this competition, dressed as Bandit Keith from YuGiOh. It wasn't a very accurate cosplay, but I did get recognised, and spent quite a lot of time shouting out catchphrases. IN AMERICA!

A few months later, I got a message from a friend of mine on a forum, asking if I was going to the Midlands Expo in September. I looked into it, and thought it would be a great idea to cosplay there. After scrapping my original plan for Robotnik (too complex, given the time available), I went for Mario. And I've never been the same since.

One of the things I like the most about cosplay is having people recognise your costume. As Mario I was constantly being asked for photos, either posing with others or pretending to fight another 'Smash Brother' (there were lots, let me tell you!) etc.

Last online 4 years ago


Joined: 4th Apr 2009

Completed costumes: 8

Photos uploaded: 25

Progress journals: 9

Events attended: 7


Still waiting for the briefcase, but apart from that I'm ready to work for HDSVADL.

The hat has red trim. We just sewed a new ribbon over the old one.
The glasses have had the novelty lenses taken out so I can actually see.
The jacket has had the lapels sewn down and most of the plaid pattern has been drawn on with a permanent marker. It's not very smart at the moment, but it looks alright.
Images to follow.

The jacket arrived, as did a pair of glasses I forgot I bought.
It's not what I expected...

It's very cheap, and doesn't look like a suit jacket. The collar is slightly padded, and doesn't extend round the back. Plus it doesn't button up.
On the other hand, it's a jacket. I've spent months looking for the right jacket, and there haven't been any perfect matches. It's going to be modified anyway, and it's not like I'm going to wear it much.

Now to find the fabric paint...

Finally, an update.
I've managed to find a jacket. It's part of a gangster costume, and I had to buy the whole jacket/trousers/hat set just to get it. It's plain yellow at the moment, so I'll have to find some fabric paint or something to paint on the plaid stripes.

Trousers, shirt and shoes have all been located. I'm fairly certain I have a briefcase somewhere.


Another fast update.

The screw-thread still works. Not that it's gonna be used.

"That there is a gold-plated kill!"

Fast update...
Well, the new wrench has been cleaned with a wire brush and meths, meaning that the screw-thread will now turn.
And I do believe I have undone that with the application of primer.
I was able to take the handle off, meaning that I could stand the wrench up in a bottle.

Maybe later tonight, I can give it the Midas touch...

What's this? An update, long after the costume is complete?
Well, not so much a costume update. More like a prop update.

I bought a second wrench. As you can see, it's slightly bigger than the other one (about 2 inches), but it's not in as good condition. It's a bit dirty and the screw-thread is quite rusty, meaning it's not very adjustable.
So why did I buy it?

Well, it should be pretty obvious since I talked about it in the Information section...

The hat arrived. It needs a red trim.

That's all.

My knife arrived!
It really looks the part, although the build quality isn't perfect.
Oh well, it's only a prop.

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