My Top 5 Bucket List Cosplays

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

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? πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰ ).

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ Happy crafting!

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Cosplay Showcase: Wolverine (Fem)

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Welcome to my second cosplay post! Before I share too many pictures, I want to say that this costume is not entirely screen accurate. It’s based on Wolverine’s casual outfit from the beginning of the first X-Men movie (the one he wears in the bar scene and later).

X-Men was one of the first “grown-up” superhero films I ever saw and Wolverine has been one of my favorite comic characters ever since. The character has been interpreted a lot of different ways over the years, but my favorite version of him is in this film: rough around the edges, but a hero underneath it all. And, let’s just admit it, it’s pretty awesome that he has retractable short swords in his hands.

While I think this cosplay is pretty close to the mark, it’s not perfect because I threw it together in about ten minutes. I had a chance to use some Wolverine claw props in a photoshoot so, of course, I had to have a costume! Who passes up a chance to pose with Wolverine claws?

With that in mind, enjoy the photos of my casual Wolverine cosplay!

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Favorite memory in this cosplay: Trying to act serious, fierce, and/or cocky while my best friend snapped the photos, and then cracking up in between shots because of how ridiculous it felt. Wolverine is a very different persona from my actual personalityΒ  – case in point, I was using apple juice for the “bar” photos.

Favorite thing about this cosplay: This pretty much defines a no-brainer, especially for a sword-crazy person like me…100% the prop claws. It took some time before I was willing to put them down…

Changes in mind for this cosplay: This was more of a fun cosplay than a super-accurate one, so if I was to do it again, I’d like to make it more true to the film. I’d also like to take some more pictures in better lighting, because while I’m really happy with what I have, indoor lighting is just difficult to work with.

Thanks for visiting! Hope you enjoyed the photos. And for those of you who go see Logan this weekend (I’m too squeamish for R-rated films, so I’ll sadly be missing out), have fun and say farewell to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine for me (sniff sniff).

 

 

Cosplay Showcase: Stephanie Rogers (Fem Steve Rogers)

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Hi there, and welcome to my first Cosplay Showcase post, in which I share my finished cosplay projects with you. πŸ™‚

It seems fitting that my first Showcase should be about my very first cosplay, one that I affectionately dubbed Stephanie Rogers because it’s a female interpretation of the character, Steve Rogers.

This particular cosplay is based on one of Steve’s casual costumes in The Avengers movie.

While not my favorite cosplay that I’ve done, this one is special for two reasons. First, as I mentioned, it was the very first cosplay I did. At the time, I purposely selected it because it’s fairly easy to make (you just gotta find the right clothing items; no sewing required).

The second reason is, Steve Rogers is possibly the pop culture character that I identify with the most, in terms of personality and values. He’s just a great, noble character to represent.

So, without further ado, here’s my Stephanie Rogers cosplay!

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Favorite memory in this cosplay: Meeting a legit Captain America cosplayer at a con

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When the weight of a country rests on you…

Favorite thing about this cosplay: Um…the giant shield?! Also the chance to represent a great character.

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Getting a little creative with the photo filters πŸ˜‰

Changes in mind for this cosplay: None! While many of my cosplays feel like works-in-progress, even when they’re “done,” I think this one is great as is.