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SEE WHAT CAME IN THE MAIL TWO WEEKS AGO.

*SQUEALS*

Isn’t it the most gorgeous thing ever! Usually I’m really anal about spending too much money on a single item, but holding this baby in my hands just vanished instantly any heartache over the hole in my wallet. I was actually pretty surprised at how identical this was to the supplier’s promotional pictures. It’s practically like 1:1, and exactly to scale. My faith in suppliers is restored LOL.

There are a couple of things I need to do to it before it can be used, though. It needs a new coat of color because I find it not metallic enough, among other things.

BUT KYA I CAN’T WAIT TO PUT IT TO USE.

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And anyway, to answer a question I’m sure people will have after reading this post – No, I do not disapprove of buying cosplay things. Personally, I don’t really bother how someone puts together a cosplay (if there’s nothing criminal involved), as long as they take charge of their own hobby, and the end result is true to the character. I’ve seen a countless number of debates online as to whether it’s blasphemous to buy or commission cosplays, and some of these discussions can become quite passionate. My stand is quite a simple one – I don’t care. People have different ideas about having fun. Some people like to make costumes; some people like to wear them and look pretty in them, some people like to become the characters, some people like to perform, yadda yadda. I don’t believe there’s any one right motivation in cosplaying. There’s no fixed definition as to what having fun cosplaying is supposed to mean.

I think it’s terribly elitist and stupid to go OH I MAKE MY COSPLAYS WITH MY OWN TWO HANDS. IF YOU DON’T DO THE SAME, YOU’RE NOT A REAL COSPLAYER/LAZY/DO NOT DESERVE RESPECT!!!1!!!ONE!!11 etc.

….Because real cosplayers must make their wigs from scratch, fibre by fibre, with their own two hands too, and not buy them from shops/suppliers. Good on you, man.

In my 4 years and counting in the scene, I’ve pretty much dabbled in a bit of everything – I’ve self tailored whole costumes from scratch, worked with professional tailors, had costumes supplied from overseas, sawed wood, burned my fingers with hotglue, moulded foam, sewed wigs together, bought things off shelves, the list goes on; I can safely say I understand the importance of having a bit of DIY know-how, it really improves your understanding of how things should be put together. But sometimes you just don’t feel like subjecting yourself to the nightmare of having to burn midnight oil during an exam period sewing a costume that you need for a major event in 10 days, but you really want to step into that event in that particular character’s shoes. Or, you might not have the skillset to complete a particularly complicated costume, but love the character to bits and are dying to cosplay him/her.

I find it very sad whenever I come across a stunning cosplay photograph online with comments going “looks pretty, but don’t think he/she made that herself. pffft” or “I’m better than XXXX because I make my own costumes” or (and this is a very common one) “Japanese cosplayers aren’t good because they buy their costumes, even if they do look very good”

Don’t get me wrong; I believe people deserve truckloads of credit for making cosplay things themselves, but I don’t believe DIY encompasses EVERYTHING that is cosplay.

So, people, let’s not be elitist. If people feel strongly that you don’t need to be gorgeous to enjoy cosplaying, then I think it’s the same to say that you don’t have to be pressured to make everything yourself to enjoy cosplaying, either. Let’s just enjoy the hobby for what it is – bringing characters to life (and making friends in the process), rather than bitching endlessly about the itty bitty things that don’t even matter. 🙂

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