Costume :Kenshiro
Variant :Hero Outfit (Downloadable)
Source :Fist of the North Star, "hokuto musou"
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Amecon 2010

Costume Photos

Ken @ Ame 2010

Ken @ Ame 2010

Ken @ Ame 2010

Ken @ Ame 2010

Ken @ Ame 2010

Ken @ Ame 2010

Ken @ Ame 2010

Ken @ Ame 2010

Kenshiro Ref

Ken @ Ame 2010

Ken @ Ame 2010

Ken @ Ame 2010


Costume Information

Cost : £250
Awards : Amecon 2010 Judges Choice - Best Muscles; November Costume Showcase
Time Taken : 3 months

If Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee had babies this would happen

Since they are not my legitimate fathers im going to make another muscle suit!!


Big thanks to Triki for the Vid and Help with the Masquerade preformance

**07/03/2011 Just found out I was featured in November 2010 on Cosplay.Coms Cosplay Showcase :D**


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Haha xD your gonna need breast implants xD looks like he smuggling stuff xD
Toughguy cosplay eh :P .... can you DO toughguy? :P

by Ikkaku-kun on Monday, 15 February, 2010 - 09:40
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by Defrain on Monday, 15 February, 2010 - 10:09
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This should be incredible! Good luck XD

by Felixize on Monday, 15 February, 2010 - 13:31
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Someone's going to be a buff man...

by Odd-One-Out on Monday, 15 February, 2010 - 17:37
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I was hoping for beetle-browed anime Ken :( But this still contains good amounts of awesome!

by Mighty Odango on Monday, 15 February, 2010 - 19:56
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aww sweet, always wanted to do ken but would suck, i love his new battle uniform from the game . . . i so cant wait to see this one dude, im sure you'll make it epic ^_^

by DarkPharaoh on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 00:58
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nice one man :P what you gona use to make the foam look more like armour? :O

by keir160 on Tuesday, 11 May, 2010 - 20:58
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Mike, You are a legend!

by JakeX on Tuesday, 11 May, 2010 - 23:35
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Do you intend to look gay at cons, or does it just happen naturally?


by KhaosKreator on Wednesday, 12 May, 2010 - 00:02
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by Ilpala on Wednesday, 12 May, 2010 - 08:51
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You are already dead...awesome.

by drowned_panda on Wednesday, 12 May, 2010 - 09:10
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by ryaoki on Wednesday, 12 May, 2010 - 09:30
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looking good bud

by Defrain on Wednesday, 12 May, 2010 - 10:52
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Woah! Looks amazing so far! Can't wait to see!

by PapercutPerfect on Saturday, 15 May, 2010 - 19:51

hahah amazing! is this what you look at to wake up every morning?! XDDDDD

by on Saturday, 15 May, 2010 - 21:43
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Nice work on the muscle suit! You really got the muscles looking smooth, great idea. What glue are you using to stick the cotton and lycra layers onto the foam?

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 15 May, 2010 - 23:35
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Loving the muscle suit!

by MikeJenks on Sunday, 16 May, 2010 - 14:34
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Cheers. I'm lookig forward to seeing this at Expo. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 16 May, 2010 - 18:20
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This is looking great how your making this but do you think you'll finish it on time?

by Anime_Angel on Sunday, 16 May, 2010 - 18:55
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nice job so far

by Berserk667 on Monday, 17 May, 2010 - 06:45
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Whoa Mike, muscle suit a go go!

by Odd-One-Out on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 21:22
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yes go for the original , looks sooo much better ^_^

by DarkPharaoh on Friday, 16 July, 2010 - 14:56
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Hey! Just saw your journal about the wig! There's a wig shop in the centre of Bristol (bottom of Union st, near Primark) that has some really nice affordable wigs ^^ I just got my new one for Serenade as well as two packets of extensions for about 30 pounds, might be worth popping in there~

Good luck!

by Chibi on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 23:04
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looking good wanna see this at ame no excuses

by Defrain on Friday, 6 August, 2010 - 12:34
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This was one of my favourite costumes at Amecon. You really looked the part, amazing job!!

by theKillingDoll on Monday, 16 August, 2010 - 19:07
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ive seen pics and you looked amazing!

seriously, arnie would shit himself at this and when you enter the room he ll be like GET DOWN, GET TO THE CHOPPER, ITS DETECTIVE MIKE FOSTER YOU IDIOT!

by ryaoki on Monday, 16 August, 2010 - 21:23
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I was actually in awe, you pulled this off SO well, and the masquerade performance was brilliant~

by Felixize on Monday, 16 August, 2010 - 23:50
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you mike = win

by Defrain on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 06:51
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You are a legend! I was blown away by this, it looked utterly brilliant and way too believable. Love the eyebrows XD

by Amy-Lou on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 16:37
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As soon as I saw this I was already dead, it was epic O.O!

by Manjou on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 19:42
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This.. I saw this and my jaw dropped. You looked awesome, almost like an action figure XD best ever

by Exelia on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 20:00
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as i said when i saw it at Ame!
Good job man!

by JakeX on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 20:03
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that is soooo cool, your one of the few people who did this one right since most of them are either skinny or fat lol

by Anime_Angel on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 20:08
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Beyond brilliant!

by Just Hen on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 20:21
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I was thinking earlier, ‘wouldn’t a Kenshiro cosplay be awesome?’ and I come onto Cosplay Island and lo and behold there is one, and it is awesome! :D

- Chibi

by ChibiandthePenguin on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 21:22

Looks awesome!

by same_difference on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 23:26
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Looking very buff Mr Mike! XD

by perfectly_purple on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 23:26
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THis was actually brilliant. I think it's the best muscle suit you've made yet!

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 17 August, 2010 - 23:35
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bloody impressive stuff. The whole thing looks awesome!

by Berserk667 on Wednesday, 18 August, 2010 - 03:31
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You were amazing at ame dude ;D

by kirato on Wednesday, 18 August, 2010 - 17:45
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Someone's been to the gun show :)


by Taffeta_Rose on Wednesday, 18 August, 2010 - 22:36
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I fuckin love it! bout time someone tackled Ken!

by Captain_Marvelous on Saturday, 21 August, 2010 - 09:47
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Haha~ This was so epic!

by Uni on Tuesday, 24 August, 2010 - 23:31
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This is so beyond awesome. You rocked at Ame.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 25 August, 2010 - 14:57
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by KhaosKreator on Thursday, 2 September, 2010 - 20:52
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Awesome! loved the gun show.

by Captain on Thursday, 2 September, 2010 - 20:53
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Impressive! Epic stuff man!

by SherlockHulmes on Monday, 13 September, 2010 - 21:22
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Good LORD, Mike, you continue to astound me! O_O This is just.....Wow. Awesome character choice, awesome cosplay, awesome PECS! XDD
Once again I may come crawling for advice, this time on suits of MANRYNESS~!

by sarmander on Monday, 13 September, 2010 - 21:30
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Loved the muscle suit (had to resist urge to poke at it!), but also loved the rest of your costume. You looked so much like Kenshiro, you helped bring back memories! :)

by Pez on Sunday, 3 October, 2010 - 23:08
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Was amazing seeing this upclose on Sunday!
Thanks for letting me take your picture whilst Chin wore my Bat cosplay! :D

by MikeJenks on Tuesday, 2 November, 2010 - 21:54
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thanks for the comment ^--^ absoulotly love this such an amazing job, just perfect. wish i could do Shin or Rei would love to do them in the future at some point or see someone attempt them with u, youll have to get some guys to make exploding heads for u one day. wonderful cosplay XD

by timpey on Friday, 5 November, 2010 - 00:39
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Dude. Your cosplay. WAS AWESOME!
I don't know if you remember, but I was the guy cosplaying Nero from DMC4 who went "Oh shit, It's Kenshiro!" on the stairs down to the Novotel and highfived you.

You had probably one of the best cosplays at Expo, and really can't wait to see if you bring it back! :D

by Yamakuzy on Sunday, 7 November, 2010 - 15:38
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Just an amazing cosplay to be honest, i'm still in awe of your muscle suit... any chance of a tutorial as i really want to do LSSJ Broly from DBZ

by tomaki-suoh on Saturday, 13 November, 2010 - 10:11
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The birth of a legend and death of a brummie!

by ryaoki on Tuesday, 16 November, 2010 - 00:13
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(sorry for second post) makes me laugh how the music starts when i edge it on lmao, thanks for this bud, you got me good! intime for epic music too!

by ryaoki on Tuesday, 16 November, 2010 - 00:14
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by ToroSonyCat on Tuesday, 2 August, 2011 - 14:55
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Still think this is an amazing costume. Congrats on the showcase :D

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 3 August, 2011 - 17:30
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Amazing costume.
What did you use for the pants and jacket?

by KairuXIII on Tuesday, 1 March, 2016 - 23:48


Trousers Done (Posted 8th August 2010)


I'm very happy with the finish and made them using the back yoke and everything to make them ultra tidy, all the seam lines match and they look very symmetrical :)

Almost worth all the hours put in to them & going through a whole set of Denim needles due to the thickness of leatherette and uber strength thread :D

Keeping true to the Ref there are no pockets or belt carriers and an ultra high waist line

BASTARD WIG (Posted 5th August 2010)

bought what seemed to be the perfect wig from Eaby about a month ago (no pics) I GUESS THE SELLER HAD DIFFERENT IDEAS AND HAS SENT ME A VERY BADLY BUTCHERED 2ND HAND WIG!!
Now I have to fall to the shitty back up wig :(

Rebuild (Posted 7th July 2010)

Amecon is approaching so bought some FLAME RETARDANT blue leatherette :D

£10 but where else am I going to find blue leatherette this short notice, although I have to say im much happier with the texture of this fabric its much closer to the reference

So I peel away and cut apart the original suit to use as a pattern

EPIC FAIL (Posted 15th June 2010)

the Day before Expo the majority of the costume was finished

I deicide this is a good time to paint the PVC suit this is a seek peek of how it looked before it completely stuck to its self and tore apart :(

Although I do look like Kittan on Steroids which cheerd me up a bit

Boots Finished (Posted 13th June 2010)

Once Sewn is carved and heated camping mat foam to fit the trim of the boot, once happy with the fit I covered the foam in No more nails using my finger which left very messy hands but a great brushed metal finish on the boot.
I then Glued them on with Evo stick by pinning them in place once on securely i masked up the boot and spray painted them the base black colour and detailed in 3 types of citadel metallic paints on the Trim and sole of the boot

Boots (Posted 12th June 2010)

Modded Pirate boots bought from Ebay to fit tighter and lengthened the top a bit

you can see the Difference between the two boots here

Painting The Torso (Posted 10th June 2010)

I have painted the base layers of Latex and added top coats mixed with acrylic paint, I have continuously been lightening the mix to add some basic shading but do need an airbrush for more definition.

Smoothing Complete (Posted 6th June 2010)

Unfortunatly due to time constraints i mised taking photos of the foam and cotton covered in Lycra.

The next step is to layer up latex a few base coats then the top coats mixed with paint in different shades to try to add tone

Smoothing the Surface (Posted 15th May 2010)

To give a smooth Skin top surface just carving foam wont acheave i guled cotton on top of the foam then stretched and glued Lycra on top of the foam.

The photo shows the completely smoothed right arm and right chest, the Left Bicep in just has cotten strips glued to it.

Foam Sculpt complete (Posted 10th May 2010)

This is the beginings of the Torso

Basically I have made used an old long sleeve t-shrit put a zip in the back and placed it over a duct tape cast of my torso.

I then cut blocks of Upholstery foam according to a rough template for the base shape of the muscle then pinned and glued them directly to the shirt using evo stick.

Once the evo stock had dried I removed the pins and carved the foam to the basic shape of the muscles, where muscles meet ie Front, Side & Rear Shoulders i cut between them to improve definition when I wrap the Lycra over them.

This isnt the finished product I now need to add the Lycra Skin and lose the rough surface.

Ta Daaaaaaaa (Posted 9th May 2010)

about time i did a journal entry

although its a little late :S

I have stripped the 10+ layers of latex from the Vegeta muscle suit of old, layered up more foam and shaped more accuratly to look more like muscles

When i was really struggling with the chest muscles i came across this image whuich helped an unbelieveable amount!!

If only i found it from the start