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|Awards :||Alcon 2008 Masquerade Winner (group entry)|
|Time Taken :||One month|
|A Tale of Egg-pic Proportions|
by Christian R. Allan
When the vast majority of your childhood consists of playing ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ on the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis), it is only natural and right that you become somewhat emotionally attached to the characters and the world to which you immerse your impressionable young mind with.
It was with this mentality that I searched for images of Sonic cosplayers with complete enthusiasm… I was disappointed to say the least; in particular, the lack of care and respect giving to our wondrously obese villain Dr. Ivo ‘Eggman’ Robotnik.
A major problem people have cosplaying Dr. Eggman (apart from the cardboard cut out moustaches and the use of yellow towels for capes) is that he is an egg-shaped man with tiny legs. As a result, my skinny figure ironically suited him. I knew that with the aid of a fat suit, my legs would compliment this cosplay perfectly... plus the fact that I’m apparently good at ‘acting’ the glorified bastard.
Now I had secured this idea firmly in mind, I approached Tab Kimpton, Über-Nerd’s costume designer. The conversation went like this:
Christian: "Hey Tab, I should be Dr. Eggman."
Tab: "Wow… That sounds super fun. Okay!"
(It is important to note that Tab was also making a ‘Soulcalibur II’ Ivy Valentine and a ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Spike Spiegel costume…)
On the construction, Tab writes:
“Christian who wears this is really skinny. He's got about a 28" waist, so it required a far suit. So we made one. It was like a jacket that we put foam onto, and then covered with fabric over the top. We then looked back at it, realised we had made him TOO fat, and so we had to alter it. During the alterations it fell apart.
Another fat suit later we started on the trousers. These were made using a really crap "Star Trek" fabric from Fabric land. We picked it because it wasn't PVC, yet still looked nice and man-made. It was a good choice though because it's held up to Christian being a dick in it for hours, and hasn't ripped at all!
The shoes are part of the trousers, and are made out of two pairs of flip flops. Christian actually wears a pair of shoes inside them too to make them sturdier.
The jacket was made of Velvet because deep down Eggman is a right ponce. I soon found out that velvet is REALLY hard to sew, and spent a lot of time shouting at how everyone should die. The straps on the side are leatherette, and the zips on the costume are craft foam.
The buckles and the screws on the costume were actually resin casts, and our first try at them too. We made some clay versions, covered them in latex, and used that as a mould. Resin turned out to be a right cock to use, but we needed 8 buckles which would stand up to some heavy usage, so they worked brilliantly. After casting we just painted them.
The head was made by paper MA-cheing a football, and then we added some foam to it so it would fit Christian's head. It was then painted with liquid latex so it's more skin like to the touch. The glasses were made out of solder, and we stole some lenses from some fancy dress "hippy" glasses. The goggles were made by my mum out of foam and cardboard (Love ya mum- thanks for helping out!)
The moustache was actually made from white wadding, which I then glued wool tops on top of for the colour/texture.
The gloves were made of a cheap poly cotton and more wadding.”
All praise must be showered upon the glory of Tab. The amount of effort put into my costume is indisputable. As a result, team Über-Nerd has proved that Dr. Eggman can be cosplayed!
My first event in costume was at a local Tokyopop ReCon. When I entered the building, I was giving a standing ovation from all attendees… Unfortunately, it was the hottest day of 2008. I almost died. Was it worth it, you ask? Yes! Knowing that my childhood nemesis has been honoured in the typical cosplay fashion, and that we’ve made so many old-school Sonic fans happy is a fantastic feeling.
Our next plan for the evil doctor? The Egg-mobile!
- Christian R. Allan