The form of Cosplay has seen it’s share of good, bad, and ugly (warning: link will repulse you). Cosplay of course being when fans dress up as their favorite fictional character from pop culture. It’s nerds being nerdy. It’s an exercise in creativity and an excellent way to get attention. Cosplay is a great thing. However, every so often there are some costumes that set a whole new standard for the art and well, for nerd kind. Such as the case with Anthony Le’s War Machine armor, which won him “first place” and “best in show” at the Starfest 2010 Costume Contest. Not only is it a spot on replica based on the character’s “Iron Man 2” suit, it features a glowing ARC generator (chest piece), working helmet visor and a shoulder gun that actually spins. It supposedly took him 1 month to build/make and cost him over $4,000.
According to Popsci, “[Anthony Le] used thin, high-impact urethane for the armor, cutting it into plates and joining them with some 1,500 rivets and washers. He sculpted a clay helmet mold and then used a liquid resin mix to create the final product. But that was just cosmetic work. He also added a small servo motor that opens the faceplate, as in the movie, and built a gun out of pipes and a motor. LEDs in the eyes and chest-plate further add to the illusion.”
This a man dedicated to his cosplay. That, and it’s another prime example at how Asians are better at everything, except driving. (Oh snap!)