My Top 5 Bucket List Cosplays

Hi there! Today I have a fun post for you – a little glimpse into my cosplay hobby. 🙂

I think every avid cosplayer has a list of costumes and characters they want to do. I have quite a long one myself, ranging from traditional cosplays (like Eowyn) to unique twists (like an Elsa/Elphaba mash-up) to original costumes of my own design.

Today, I want to share with you five of the cosplay ideas at the top of my list. These won’t necessarily be the ones I’m doing next, but they are some I’m pretty excited about. And, as time and money permit, I’m sure I’ll start working on them – a writer’s got to have a hobby, right? 😉

1. The Favorite Character Cosplay – Captain America

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As you probably figured out from my fem Steve Rogers cosplay, Marvel’s Cap is one of my all-time favorite characters. I identify with him on a lot of different levels, especially the traditional values.

Although my Rogers cosplay was fun, it was also pretty low-key. The Cap costume I’d really love to do is the one he wears at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, after “robbing” the museum to get his original uniform back. To me, this costume just symbolizes his origin and how he consistently holds on to who he is in the middle of an ever-changing world (yes, even in the Civil War movie. Don’t get me started. You have been warned).

I also have a friend who wants to do a fem Winter Soldier with me, so this cosplay should be pretty epic. I’m hoping to do this costume within the next year, so hang in there for pictures down the road. Also, my dream is to start doing a short choreographed fight with my Winter Soldier friend in the middle of a con, so we’ll see how (and if) that goes (gulp)!

2. The Favorite Fandom Cosplay – Galadriel

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Most girls who love The Lord of the Rings wish they could be Arwen or Eowyn. But I’ve been told indisputably by my nerdy friends that I am far more like Lady Galadriel than either of them. And, considering that Galadriel is beautiful, wise, and the most powerful elf in Middle-earth, I take that comparison as a high compliment.

While I much prefer The Lord of the Rings films to The Hobbit adaptations, I was absolutely floored by Galadriel’s gown in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I mean, the flowing white material, the subtle sparkles – definitely a dress for an elven queen.

However, I’m going to need to acquire some serious sewing skills before I can pull off this cosplay. I’ve seen a few cosplays of it before that looked a bit cheesy and not at all like the original material, so I’d like to avoid that. Whenever I do attempt it, I want to do it right.

3. The Unexpected Cosplay – All-New Wolverine

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For those of you who saw my fem Wolverine photos, this cosplay might not be so unexpected. But, those who know me well might be surprised that I want to do such a characteristically violent character: Laura Kinney, a.k.a. The All-New Wolverine.

In the comics, Laura eventually takes up the Wolverine mantle following Logan’s death, and I’d like to cosplay her in the full-on, blue-and-yellow Wolverine costume. Wolverine has always been one of my favorite superheroes and now that there’s a girl one, I can’t resist the cosplay opportunity – although, when exactly I’ll get to do this one is uncertain. When I do, though, I’d love to play around with some possible methods for making claws that can actually retract (into gloves, not my hands 😉 ).

So why do I want to represent Laura? Well, as I said, I think it would be great to cosplay a female Wolverine after all my years of liking the character. I’m not super familiar with all of Laura’s comics (they tend to be too violent for my taste), but from what I do know of her, she’s got quite the story of redemption. She was made to be a weapon, but through the intervention of Logan and some other caring people, she was able to become a hero. Now, in the All-New Wolverine comic series, Laura herself is protecting others, just as Logan once protected her. That’s pretty worthy of a cosplay in my book.

4. The Impossible Cosplay – Ruby Rose

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If you’ve never watched the web-based show RWBY (pronounced “ruby”), then you are really missing out. It’s a fun, sweet, epic show (with short episodes) that will take you through unexpected levels of feels.

There are a number of cosplays I’d like to do from this show, mainly because the characters are so enjoyable and unique, but my favorite character just has to be the adorably awkward Ruby Rose. We share the same perky personality, love of all weaponry, and loyalty to friends.

The costume I’d like to do is her original one from seasons 1 and 2. It’s the first costume I saw her in while I was falling in love with the series, so it’s special for me. It has a black-and-red color scheme with a red hood, a bullet belt, and a “combat skirt” (fellow RWBY nerds, I know you got this joke).

This cosplay isn’t technically “impossible” and it has been done numerous times. However, all the RWBY characters have complicated costumes with weapons that tend to defy the laws of physics. If and when I do this costume, I’d love to have a scythe gun prop (Ruby’s weapon) that actually transforms. It’s been done before, but it’s definitely not easy.

So, this cosplay is one I’ll have to save for a really long vacation. 🙂

5. The Original Cosplay – Bree Silverstar

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Tolkien’s Middle-earth will always have my heart more than any other fantasy world – so much so, in fact, that I’ve created original characters for it over the years. One of my favorites is an elf character I came up with named Celebrian “Bree” Silverstar.

Bree is a Mirkwood elf – a child of King Thranduil, in fact, along with her twin sister. Bree is the older twin and, predictably, the more responsible and cautious one. She’s an expert with swords, a decent singer, and a defender of those in need.

Someday, I’d love to bring this character to life by doing an original cosplay. I’ve sketched out some concept ideas and spent way too much time on Pinterest for its sake, but this costume still has a long way to go. So far, I’m working with some earthen-brown base colors for the main costume parts, such as the skirt. I’m making some armor pieces from dull turquoise leather and even hand-weaving chain maille accents.

Hopefully when it’s done, it will be a knock-out! Now I just need enough free time to finish it…

Bonus: The Csoplay I’ll Never Do (But Wish I Could) – Toph Beifong

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If you never watched the show Avatar: The Last Airbender, you missed one of the best animated shows ever made. Also, you probably don’t understand why I put a random photo of dirt with this cosplay idea.

For those of you who have seen the show, hopefully you got my visual reference to earth-bending (okay, so dirt doesn’t look that appealing, but oh well). Avatar fans, let’s face it – Toph is a total boss. I’d rather face first-season Zuko a hundred times than get on Toph’s bad side. I mean, she’s the only one in the world who can bend metal. Don’t tell me that’s not cool.

Sadly, I don’t look a thing like Toph. While wigs and makeup can do a lot, I’m not a cosplayer who likes to spend hours in the bathroom manipulating my face. So, thanks to my completely non-East-Asian looks, I’ll have to leave the Toph imitations to those who can do her justice.

And thus we come to the end of my top five (or six) cosplays post. I hope you enjoyed it!

What about you? Any dream cosplays you’ve been planning? Comment below and tell me! I’d love to hear about them. 🙂 Happy crafting!

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2 thoughts on “My Top 5 Bucket List Cosplays

  1. Hi Caitlin! I absolutely love this post (Galadriel is an incredible character to cosplay!); did you know that Orlando MegaCon 2017 is coming up soon? That would be an awesome opportunity for you to do some of your bucket list cosplays. Keep up the awesome work!

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    • Hi Dianne! Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂 I do plan to go to some conventions soon, but I have a couple of different cosplays already in the works for those. I didn’t want to spoil by mentioning any of them in this post. 😉

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