"Human Error, Part 1 & 2"
Last Updated: 06-02-2010
**UPDATE** March 21, 2010
Bought a wig online for Anime North this year for this cosplay, seeing that I don't want to bug my friend to do my hair this year and especially on the final day of the con where we have to pack up and do last minute things. It should be here in about a couple of weeks or so, so when I get it in, I'll hopefully will get some pictures of it, along with styling it.
Cybertronian Axe is still in the design stage. I seriously hope that I can get it made before the con, due to my decreasing lack of funds lately with buying other cosplay stuff. ):<
This costume was very comfortable at Otakuthon 2009, although at some points, I had to take a break to remove my jacket and cool down. Thank god for AC inside the convention center!
A few Transformers fans recognized me at the con, but one in particular who was managing her friend's booth at the artist alley literally flipped out when she saw me. A TFA geek-out ensued and then we exchanged e-mail and Deviantart addresses (her user name is "fail-fox"). She was really a nice person to hang out with at the con. Hope to run into her next year!
I will be wearing this cosplay again at Anime North 2010, where I will be at the Transformers photoshoot.
I also have a small video showing off my cosplay :D
After seeing the TFA episodes of "Human Error Parts 1 & 2" when they aired, I had fallen in love with Human!Optimus' design (mainly his jacket but damn, his design was sexy!).
-JACKET - While finding the remaining parts of my Anime North costumes at Value Village, I found a beautiful red leather jacket with fit me perfectly. The back's a little worn but I'll figure out something to patch it up. Only $15!
The vinyl was a PAIN to sew on the jacket, due to the different layers already sewn on the jacket. I removed the zippers on the front pockets in order to properly sew on the material (and not make it bulgy). The 'window' patterns on the jacket were the hardest parts due to that I was trying to make it look symmetrical (I had to restitch both patterns twice due to that one side had a higher stitching pattern than the other). Once I finished the sleeves, my fingers were in pain, pricked and blistered since I had sewn all of it by hand.
-JEANS - Found my old pair of baggy jeans in my closet at home that weren't too tight around my legs. Then just for fun, I painted the back pockets to resemble a back license plate that read: "I *heart* Autobots".
-SHIRT - Found at a make your own t-shirt store downtown.
-HAIR/WIG - For the hair at Otakuthon, my hair was a long enough length to style. My BFF, Steph, was the one who helped style it for the Saturday at the con. I slicked my hair back with water to keep it in place, then used a tiny bit of hair gel. Steph had used a mix of the gel and used a straightening iron to make the spikes. Then she set it all in place with 3 (count it, 3!) brands of hairspray! I must have applied 5 layers of my ultra strength stuff in my hair because one it was done, it was hard as a helmet! For the stripe, I mixed a combination of white and light brown acrylic paint (the cheap stuff from the Dollar Store) and painted it around my head. Thankfully, it held up for the entire con, which was amazing (and was easy enough to wash out).
For Anime North 2010, I've ordered a wig so that it will take less time to get into costume (and less of a hassle for my friend to put together).
-CYBERTRONIAN AXE - The biggest (and the most essential) part of the cosplay that will take a lot of spare time to make. The head of it will be made out of foam or a sturdy cardboard while the bottom will be made out of some sturdy but flexible material. I planning to make a locking mechanism to extend the base (like in the show). I would even like to make the axe light up (if possible) so it's partially canon to the show in the future.
Probably will get my dad to help me with building this prop.
-CONTACTS - Still debating whether to buy a pair of light blue contacts for Anime North 2010 (his eyes are blue like his robot counterpart) but it might be pricey. Possibly another con I will save up the money to do it...
Total (so far): $105.00 (aprox.) (CAN)
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