Costume :Totoro
Variant :Mk 1
Source :My Neighbour Totoro
Progress :Complete
Worn At :AyaCon 2013

Costume Photos

Had a drink Totoro?

After judging.


Assembling in a car park.

Added the triangles to the belly.

Starting to get skin

Adding fur

body WIP

Head almost done.


shaping and carving.

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I’ll be looking out for this. I was just re-watching 'My Neighbour Totoro' yesterday

by ArcaneArchery on Sunday, 21 April, 2013 - 20:10

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh I so can't wait for this!! I've thought about doing a Totoro costume before but never got around to it!
Looking amazing so far too! :)

by Ashika on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 - 12:28
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OMG i sooo wanna see you at the expo, must keep eyes peeled. It looks amazing so far

by otakugirl on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 - 15:31
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OH MY! This will be amazing!!! If you're free and going please consider joining our Ghibli group in October (Friday), good luck at May anyway!!

by Siouxsie James on Monday, 29 April, 2013 - 00:08

Thank you all.
Afireinsidegirl, I would love to join you in the group in October. I'll definitely be there.

by cannibalistic_cow on Monday, 29 April, 2013 - 01:51
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OMG dude this is amazing!

by sjbonnar on Monday, 29 April, 2013 - 09:29
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This looks so impressive already! Can't wait to see it all complete :)

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 29 April, 2013 - 11:20
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cannibalistic_cow I'm adding you to 'the list' ;)

by Siouxsie James on Monday, 29 April, 2013 - 23:24
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This is really great! Using webcams is a nice idea! will keep any eye on you!!

by Dax79 on Thursday, 9 May, 2013 - 13:23
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This is looking amazing. Great work :)

by Kuchiito on Friday, 10 May, 2013 - 12:19

This looks epic so far :D

Hope the weather aint like last may for ya, trust me it aint nice walking round in super hot cosplays >.<

by Chimmy on Wednesday, 15 May, 2013 - 22:41
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I can't wait to see this finished, it looks amazing so far!

by ToroSonyCat on Thursday, 16 May, 2013 - 18:08
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This is just looking exciting!!! :D

by Siouxsie James on Friday, 17 May, 2013 - 09:22
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Oh hope you're doing this on the Saturday- I'm really excited to see it! Is it ok if I add you to my sons photo scavenger hunt??

by shyezri on Sunday, 19 May, 2013 - 23:14

Thank you all for your kind comments so far.
It's helping me through the long nights.

@Shyezri; I will indeed be wearing this on Saturday, and of course not. I would be honored.

by cannibalistic_cow on Monday, 20 May, 2013 - 00:13
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This is the greatest thing i've ever seen.

by cowiee on Monday, 20 May, 2013 - 02:22
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This is coming together nicely. Looks amazing.

by ST212 on Monday, 20 May, 2013 - 09:16
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This was so amazing!!!! :)

by Siouxsie James on Saturday, 24 August, 2013 - 07:57
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This was so cute!!! I fangirled so hard over it XDD

by Freyarule on Saturday, 24 August, 2013 - 11:18
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This is awesome :D

by dan-dan on Saturday, 24 August, 2013 - 22:36
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Such a good Totoro, I'm glad I got to see it in person. I was really impressed with the structure you went for, good proportions and it kept it's shape even when you weren't wearing it. Can't wait to see version 2 :)

by Amy-Lou on Sunday, 25 August, 2013 - 13:49
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Such an amazing Totoro cosplay! I can't believe this was one of your first
costumes too! Congratulations on the showcase, it's very well deserved!

by Littlegeeky on Sunday, 2 February, 2014 - 20:45
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Absolutely superb! Massive congratulations on the showcase - extremely well deserved! Also, I was really interested to see the pictures of how it's constructed. :)

by Nesabi on Sunday, 2 February, 2014 - 21:06
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Totally amazeballs, was fun seeing how it all went together and getting you around Aya!

by Leadmill on Sunday, 2 February, 2014 - 23:03
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Grats on the showcase :)

by Siouxsie James on Sunday, 2 February, 2014 - 23:22
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Oh crud! This cosplay! XD

by Mangamad on Monday, 3 February, 2014 - 12:48
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congrats on the showcase my friend! ;)

by Fizzykat on Monday, 3 February, 2014 - 14:04
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This cosplay was brilliant!
I love that you have an umbrella as a prop, too ^^

by Tsuchinoko on Monday, 3 February, 2014 - 14:22
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Amazing work on this!!

by Moonchild on Monday, 3 February, 2014 - 17:43
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Gwahh!!! soo soo good!!

by cowiee on Monday, 3 February, 2014 - 17:53
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This deserves the showcase!

by Alias Cosplay on Monday, 3 February, 2014 - 20:24
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Congrats on the showcase! Well deserved, adorable Totoro <3

by Freyarule on Tuesday, 4 February, 2014 - 11:41
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This is amazing. Congrats on the showcase.

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 6 February, 2014 - 09:44
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Genius!!! Congrats on the showcase!

by White Tigress on Friday, 7 February, 2014 - 00:57

I know this is a late reply.

But thank you all for the kind words.

by cannibalistic_cow on Thursday, 13 February, 2014 - 15:09


Completed, sort of. (Posted 24th August 2013)

So I got Totoro completed for Aya (kind of), and got to walk him to the masquerade and wear him in it.
I couldn't get everything done on him that I wanted to though, and because of this he wasn't as easy to wear as I had previously hopped.
So what didn't I manage to get done;
The eyes only moved from left to right, and not by much. I bought 180° motors thinking that these would be okay. I then worked out that as the motors would sit in a central position that this meant they only had a movement of rotation 90° each way, which didn't translate in to a great deal of slide movement.
As for vertical movement, the Papier-mâché base just wasn't sturdy enough to take the torque from the motor, and caused the face to flex.

Staying with the eyes. For a camera I used one that is normally installed into a car for help with reversing. They're cheap and not bad quality, however, bad idea. Turns out the lens used in these camera are convex shaped, rather than flat. This means that I had a wider field of view, but it was distorted, completely screwing up depth perception and other things. I kept stopping because I thought I was going to walk in to people, but then be no where near them. Other than that, it worked well.
Speaker was a little too quiet, but worked overall.

Hands... I need to find a better way of doing them. They couldn't grip anything, so had to install two clips in to the hand. I think this may be the best way to do it even on Mark 2, but we'll see. I found another way of doing them, so I'll try that first before ruling anything out.

Damn, there are a lot of things I wasn't overall happy with on this one. I'll blast threw two more and then move on.

I changed the stomach from foam, to teddy bear wadding. This worked awesome for huggers as it was all nice and soft, but the fur kept wrinkling, making it look loose. This may have also been caused by the soft papier-mâché support though.

last thing, the fur connection to the head and legs. Well there was none. Which really spoils it for me. I wanted him to look like a plush, but those two things just make it look like a cheap costume (Which he was not!). I got to speak to some awesome fur suiters though, which game me some awesome pointers on how to sort that next time.

So over all, I enjoyed wearing him, My friends seemed to be impressed and excited by it, and from what they've told me (I couldn't see a lot) other people around liked him a lot.

Whats next?
I'm going to work on a couple of smaller things for Expo in Oct, couple of cosplays and some props that people seem to get excited about, then I'll start working on a bigger, better, more stable, and animated Totoro for the new year.

Thank you for reading all of this, if you have. More photos will be uploaded soon.

Still standing in my conservitory. (Posted 29th May 2013)

So unfortunately I wasn't able to get Totoro completed to the standard that I wanted for May Expo.
I'm going to give him a couple of weeks off, and then start working on it again to get him ready for Aya and the October MCM group.