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Unread 12-29-2012, 11:03 AM   #61766
ShinobiXikyu
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I LIKE to try and do cosplays for under 100 or under 200, but yah. Quorra is one of those that's going to cost a crapton if you want it lit up. The disk was $70, the LED flexistrips (for various reasons I skipped on EL wire) cost $78, the transformer for the voltages was about $10, the battery cases were $12, an arduino mini was $25, bridge connectors were $10, and there was still shipping. Booyfriend and I refused to make a flimsily-wired costume and pulled out the stops on making the connections tough and decently long-lighting. Then the undershirt and armour pleather cost about $100, the gloves $10, the wig $30, the base boots $28, and the tights $15, plus 13% sales tax on almost everything, AND I bought some new makeup items just for the cosplay. And I still need to buy a frosted vinyl shower curtain and all the batteries, and some glow paint.
Yup. It's a fun money pit. (By contrast, my Twilight Sparkle gijinka, with circle lenses, got completed for just $70 of my own money, and the lenses were $30 and the wig $27 something. I won't count comissioning an Owloysius shoulder puppet because he'll be used for numerous other things too.)
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