Costume :Laputian Robot
Variant :Caretaker
Source :Laputa: Castle In The Sky
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minamicon 16 (2010)

Costume Photos

A flower for the princess

Walking in his garden

Robot with Sheeta

Can I help you?

CG Model



Costume Information

Cost : £225
Awards : Minami award for making Rob Fahey cry
Time Taken : 100 hours

A costume I’ve had on the wish list for a couple of years now. When I saw Laputa some 19 years ago it was the first time I realised the difference between Western and Japanese animation so (like so many of us) it holds a special place in my heart.
This is my homage.

The costume was always going to be challenging, laputian robots have quite plain curved designs so it would be very easy to mess up its shape. As it is I had to use some painting and modelling tricks to hide or distract the eye from panel joins etc.

Plastazote and latex construction over a hardboard frame.

It was a bit rushed to get it ready for Minami so there’s a few things left to do like the fill in painting and some extra supports to help him keep his shape. I might break the head open and install some lights too.

I took some liberties with the design to aid in construction and added in extra chest damage (a la the Statue at the Ghibli museum) so that I had a convenient vision slot.
In the anime the chest pods appear to be solid, however these are the robots flying thrusters so I figured they should actually be open and shaped at the bottom.
Arms and legs both have the correct number of segments, the arms are built around felt strips so that they are fully flexible and wired with a pulley system so that they can be moved. Additionally the hands are wired so that they are reasonably pose-able.

The head attaches to my own head, so, in theory I can move it – this broke on the day though so needs some adjusting before it will work properly.


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This worked out really well - boy done good again; I especially love the fine details like the cute little birdies, etc. (woo for huge Paris haberdashery!).

And erm ... oops - did we mean to make the masquerade audience cry? :-p

by Lunar_Kitten on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 10:14
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You toy with our emotions...

Stunning costume, the detail on it is just crazy and it's perfect. Clever engineering there, especially getting the arms to lift. How on earth did you manage to keep it secret?

by Amy-Lou on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 10:31
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You put us all to shame with your amazing skills! That robot was soooo cool!

Can't wait to see the film now! ^_^

by perfectly_purple on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 10:54
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This was all kinds of amazing :D

by Sillabub on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 10:58
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was jaw droppingly awesome

by Defrain on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 11:03
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Undoubtedly the best costume at the convention. I have never seen something so amazing! You never fail to astound and amaze.

by BlusterSquall on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 11:11
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Awesomesauceness! thats all I have to say :)

by Limegreenjelly on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 12:59
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super amazing mcjamess

by ryaoki on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 13:26
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So much love for this costume! The construction is fantastic, it just blew me away when I saw it!

by SephNoir on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 13:30
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I was so amazed when I saw you sorting this out in the masquerade line. I don't think there are words for how awesome it is. :)

by Ayame on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 15:39
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I have to say when I saw you put this on when we were waiting for the masq I nearly cried at the epic-ness of it :D Well done on the win, it was truly deserved!!!! I will never be able to express just how much I loved this X3

by Freyarule on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 16:04
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This is just pure win. So epic. You always managed to make my jaw drop everytime.

Congrats on the award and for tugging on everyones heart strings. Made for more awesomeness.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 16:07
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GAH, YOU NEARLY RUINED MY MAKE-UP! I had to think manly thoughts so I didn't burst into tears properly...

Was so lovely to see this in person and I look forward to seeing the photos you got outside on the Sunday :)

by Delusional on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 16:08
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Uwaaah, this costume put me on so many levels of happy when I saw this!!! It looked amazing, and it was so nice to see it in real life!

by CrystalNeko on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 16:31

Absolutely amazing costume.

by same_difference on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 18:46
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This is an absolutely fantastic costume. :) Congratulations on building this. ^_^

by Lil-Samuu on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 21:42
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Absolutely amazing. Every time I saw this I was more and more impressed with it. I especially loved the attention to detail and watercolour-style painting on the body. Very, very nice. :)

by Refira on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 21:51
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Just seen photos of this on facebook, and I must say OMFG this looked amazing! O.O!

by Manjou on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 22:14
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Have just seen!

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 22:22
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Forget making Rob Fahey cry; i think you made most of the convention cry.

Much like yourself, this was one of the first anime i ever saw and i've love it ever since.

Truly awesome costume. :D

by eva_fan on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 22:24
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a proper stunner i must say :)

by Berserk667 on Wednesday, 21 April, 2010 - 16:14
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by nanahara on Wednesday, 21 April, 2010 - 21:27
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This makes me so fuzzy and happy <3

by eternal_aranel on Wednesday, 21 April, 2010 - 22:37
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woahmygosh greatest cosplay ever :D so so so awesome and great and yay!

by Pigmypie on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 00:24
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why is it so amazing

by ryaoki on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 11:33
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This is amazing, really well done, wish i could have seen it <3

by Alyx on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 12:04
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OMG that is awesome ^^ i love it!

by Zelda on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 12:04
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This was such a fantastic cosplay, seeing this was one of the highlights of Minami for me. Really well done!

by Tsuchinoko on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 14:18
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When I saw the pictures of this I HONESTLY thought it was a resin statue. It's that amazing!

by RanmaSyaoran on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 15:47
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This is Epicly Epic ^_^ I love it when you are 'free' to just cosplay, you're such a talented costume maker!

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 22:27


This is AMAZING!


by No thanks on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 22:39
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Seriously James, seeing this at Minami made me so happy!!!
Its beautiful!! i just loved all the little details like the moss and all ya know?
So weldone to you :D

by JakeX on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 23:12
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My jaw is still on the floor.

Incredible cosplay and the best I have ever seen.

by drowned_panda on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 23:13
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Simply Amazing!!!

Nostalgia to the EXTREME in mindblowing detail

by MangaChild on Friday, 23 April, 2010 - 00:21
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Mygod, this is simply incredible!!

by MikeJenks on Friday, 23 April, 2010 - 08:07
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Wowwwwwww OoO
This is one of the most amazing cosplay I've ever seen

by Dark and Light Samurai on Friday, 23 April, 2010 - 11:06

Incredible craftsmanship! ^^ I can't believe I'm actually seeing this, I never imagined...
I'm at a loss for words! This certainly made my day. :'3

by Adamoluna on Sunday, 25 April, 2010 - 20:24
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meant to comment on this much much sooner but it was so epic :D
excellent work as usual :3

by montblanc on Sunday, 16 May, 2010 - 01:42

This is amazing!!!!

by Hannah-Kiwii on Monday, 24 May, 2010 - 13:46
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Why haven't I commented on this yet!!!?????

I never got to see it in person, but my god does it look absolutely amazing!!

The paintwork, the moss, the bird, and all the little details. Perfect!!

by k4tt on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 23:53
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Awesome =D

by Kannacchi on Thursday, 10 June, 2010 - 21:55
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this is insane its just like wow, nah its not real, but it is, but it cant be. its exceletly made and well, really life like. its just pure amazing lol

by J-Po on Monday, 27 September, 2010 - 11:44
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Love this to bits, aswell as prime
MAkes you wonder aye james, you can easily do these soo
If someone said HAI JAMES YOUD MAKE A GOOD NIRVASH, you should think of doing it

by ryaoki on Friday, 17 December, 2010 - 05:09
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LOL, but you know i'd never have the time to wear a Nirvash at the Expo :(
Holland maybe :P

by Ilpala on Saturday, 18 December, 2010 - 11:24
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Hahah good enough for me mcjames!

by ryaoki on Saturday, 18 December, 2010 - 11:28
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Your amazing costume inspired me to watch the film tonight. Easily one of the best productions i've ever seen!

by Leadmill on Saturday, 18 December, 2010 - 22:33
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Words can not describe how 1. in awe i am seeing this and 2. how amazing this is.
Very nice work!!

by Kitticus on Friday, 7 January, 2011 - 16:37
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I love this film, it's definately one of my favourites! You have done it so much justice, such an amazing costume! :D

by Eloraborealis on Saturday, 16 April, 2011 - 23:37
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No way, FFFFFFF-- *¬*

by tripletriad on Sunday, 17 April, 2011 - 02:29
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This is clearly super awesome!

by cowiee on Sunday, 17 April, 2011 - 13:21
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Honestly.. this is freakingly awesome! <3

by Sley on Sunday, 17 April, 2011 - 14:09
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Omg this is amazing

by Blinx on Sunday, 17 April, 2011 - 15:16
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That is epic!!!! I love this so much! <3

by BabemRoze on Monday, 18 April, 2011 - 08:55
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Amazing. O__O

by Clover-tan on Friday, 22 April, 2011 - 18:59
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I've seen a lot of amazing things in cosplay but wow....Just.
This really is something fantastic! <3

by My__RoadOfBlood on Saturday, 23 April, 2011 - 02:34

Oh my ... I wish I could see it in real life!

by Vicky on Tuesday, 25 October, 2011 - 20:26
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This is so so so so so COOL ^^ very well done on a great cosplay!!!

by Siouxsie James on Monday, 2 January, 2012 - 00:47
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This is a masterpiece

by ArcaneArchery on Sunday, 21 April, 2013 - 19:43