|This was a lol costume, the result of one of those times when you say among company, "hey, that would be a fun thing to cosplay".|
Worrying how I went through with it. Very worrying.
But even so, Rabbids are probably one of the greatest video game creations ever, beaten only by the Looper (but that's a completely different story isn't it). You just have to love the ruddy things, what with their snazzy dancing and disturbed expressions, they're just too damn loveable. Needless to say, this was made clear at AmeCon from the amount of glomps, photos and indeed, humping I received when in the damn thing, somewhat entertaining but dear God disturbing.
Though, somewhat entertaining how the first photo I had taken was by 2 random chavs outside of the university, who apparently knew what a Rabbid was and found it very novel how I was dressed as one. Woo!
The construction of a Rabbid is intriguing.. seems the fearsome little things are mainly made up of Ikea goods, including 3 fleecy blankets, a large lampshade, wire, and tape. As well as this, more fleece, some wadding, about 8 layers of black mesh, about 5 metres of ribbon, some leggings, lots of PVA glue, oodles of paper, 3 wire coat hangers, 2 polysterene balls and lots and lots of staples. And probably some other junk.
The head was evil, utterly evil, all because the lampshade was a spherical one and was supported by a wood coil and some wire it was hard to cut and customise without it falling in on itself. Cutting around the hole in the bottom was a fun experience but one not to be repeated as a result.. my head hardly fits through the hole and requires lots of wiggling to get inside of the thing, then it's pitch black and boiling, and ughhh. It's hilarious to wear though, and all the time when making it I had to stop myself from laughing, but still ughhh.
The body however is the most hellish part, made in 3 bits (the body and then the legs) which is like being inside of an OVEN. Seriously, that much fleece on a hungry congoer can't be good, I'm surprised I didn't actually faint - especially considering I wore it to the AMV Disco, danced in it for a while and then continued to die repeatedly in a corner after every good song. The only thing saving me by the end were the thoughts of "there's a shower back at the room" "as soon as they play Agadoo I can go" (which they consequently didn't all weekend, thank God) and of course the helpfulness of the free conbag fans and then of course the MagiCool I stole twice during the evening which is probably the most heavenly thing on Earth when you're wearing that thing.
In any case. Things I learnt from this were:
Rabbids are very hard to dance as. They must have special training.
Rabbids REALLY can't do anything. This includes cooling down in general, holding drinks, opening doors, walking in a straight line, and getting undressed.
Rabbids must not be cosplayed again unless the installing of tiny fans all over the head and body commences.