I'm cosplaying Youngster Joey. I've cosplayed Shigeru (Gary Oak) before. At some point or other I managed to score an Original 1998 Tiger Pokedex
in perfect condition.
Should I leave it as is, or should I attempt to modify it more to look more like the Pokedex as seen in the show? I watched a few youtube videos where people had just coloured in the lights at the top and replaced the right-hand panel with duct-tape suggesting where the buttons should be instead of the "Gotta Catch 'Em All" image with Ash throwing out Pikachu.
If you guys think I should mod it to be more realistic, what modifications would I make to make it more accurate, and what materials should I use to make them?
I've considered the possibility of painting the lights at the top (which are all red right now), as well as the possibility of gluing in some kind of plastic or gem stone. Ideally I would put in LEDs and it would light up, but I think that might be kind of complex... especially for the largest dome part which is supposed to be light blue.
Would appreciate any help offered. I will probably use the Pokedex in future cosplays so I don't mind working on it in the long-term because right now it's only 7 days til the con I'm debuting Youngster Joey at.