|Awards :||Video Games Live 2007 Cosplay Contest: 1st Place|
|Time Taken :||3 days. flat-out, little sleep.|
|If this character isn't immediately familiar, then you have a medical deficiency of DOTT in your life. Track it down, play with ScummVM, enjoy.|
This is Purple Tentacle from the masterpiece that is LucasArts' Day of the Tentacle, sequel to Maniac Mansion.
Purple Tentacle is an experimental creature created by Dr. Fred Edison, and kept as something of a pet, until one day he drank from the toxic sludge pipes sticking out the back of the house, grew arms and turned into an insane genius hellbent on taking over the world.
This was a stroke of genius cosplay, originally penned as a much later costume for the following year, I hit on inspiration, doused my insides with caffeine and went to town on a couple of camping mats.
PT comprises two such camping mats, one I'd had since scout camp, the other was the last remaining camping mat in the entirety of Canterbury, or so it seemed. Also 60m of ducttape, several meters of purple and green fabric, pipe insulators, plastic tubing, select bits of stiff card and funky foam, and half a gashapon capsule.
It was a joint effort between myself and AllanC, I did the bulky stuff and all the machine sewing, Al did all the tedious hand sewing (essentially attaching the suckers to the skin, one stitch at a time..)
It's designed around Allan's wiry frame so while most of us can fit in it awkwardly, Al's the only one capable of fitting in and doing a dance. He's the one true pilot of the Tentacle.
The middle sucker opens up and a prehensile tongue can indeed lick his lips. He comes with a hastily added shrink ray, which even lights up! Just isn't obvious in daylight and is a bit of a cheap gimmick.
First worn at Aya05, where they liked it so much they roped us into the masquerade without us even entering XD
Also reworn at London Expo Oct 06, and likely to be used again whenever there is injustice in the world. or whenever Ruth makes her Laverene costume.