Costume :Raiden
Source :Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minamicon 15 (2009)

Costume Photos

Ninja (95% complete)

Ninja (95% complete)


Raiden profile

MGS4 Raiden


Costume Information

Cost : £55
Time Taken : LOTS!

Raiden: Metal Gear Solid 4

The photos are a mix of the in-progress photo from Minamicon and the complete photos with the upgrades from Ayacon. I am actually happy with the way this costume turned out (surprisingly for me) considering the difficulty of this thing in the first place. It has taken about 3 months in total with a lot of time spent pondering the engineering. The helmet is a wonderful advert for what can be done with card and polystrene.

Costume is 95% complete, there is minor detailing missing but I don't care anymore! It isn't one I will be wearing often given the fact that I have to be glued in to it every time I put it on.


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That looks awesome! What materials did you make that from? It looks really professional :)

by Manjou on Tuesday, 10 March, 2009 - 23:51
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This will take some believing, but I actually only used cardboard, polystyrene and PVA glue, with the exception of the visor ofcourse.

by theKillingDoll on Tuesday, 10 March, 2009 - 23:53
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That is AWESOME.

by Elata on Wednesday, 11 March, 2009 - 00:34
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Thanks to both of you for your comments :)

by theKillingDoll on Wednesday, 11 March, 2009 - 09:40
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Boom this is rad, cant wait to see all, mgs4 really made up for what they did in 2 and let raiden step up a notch :)

by Captain_Marvelous on Thursday, 12 March, 2009 - 12:19
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Can't wait to see it all done! It looks awesome so far :D

by Relion on Saturday, 14 March, 2009 - 00:47
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Looks awesome so far! ^^ can't wait to see it finished XD

by Moonchild on Saturday, 14 March, 2009 - 01:47
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Seriously awesome. You've done an epic job. Can't wait to see it complete.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 10 July, 2009 - 13:05
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I loved this at Minami and I loved it at Aya. Its really awesome!

cardboard, polystyrene and pva you say? my god o.o it looks like you used way higher grade stuff that that and its holding out so well! I'm amazed!

bodysuit cosplays ftw!

by Lulu Rose on Thursday, 20 August, 2009 - 14:15
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Smexy Phil!

by Lunar_Kitten on Thursday, 20 August, 2009 - 14:23
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very nicely done man ^^

by nanahara on Thursday, 20 August, 2009 - 14:32
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Great to see this again at Aya. Looked fab on stage.

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 20 August, 2009 - 19:05
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Brilliant :D
One question, how did you put the barcode on the visor?
Please help ^^,
Check out mine :}
The earpieces and visor on yours win by far haha

by KrEid on Saturday, 5 September, 2009 - 09:55
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Brilliant thanks. I found a way to do it for mine yesterday, I covered it with duct tape with gaps in(good ol' life saver) and then painted over it all, when i peeled it off, the paint was left in clean white strips :P

by KrEid on Saturday, 12 September, 2009 - 13:35


At last! (Posted 20th August 2009)

I don't usually enter anything here because I'm very busy plus I want to keep the costumes under wraps until the event for various reasons.

It started of as a challenge and it has taken several months of work, but Raiden is finally complete, well 95% complete. There is some minor detailing that I haven't had time to do, namely the barcoding all over the costume and a couple of small pieces on the arms, but its now at the stage I am happy with it. I am particularly pleased that the entire costume came in under £60, with the cunning use of card and polystrene obtained free from work's recycling point. You really don't have to use expensive materials to create an impressive costume, just a little time, patience and know-how. If you have any questions about it please feel free to ask, I help out if I can.

Originally it was worn at minamicon at the 80% completion stage, but I have uploaded some photos from Ayacon which include the updates which made a vast improvement to the overall look. I doubt I'll be doing any more to it because quite frankly there are other costumes that I am now more interested in doing, but I have proved to myself that even though it looks difficult, it can actually be done to a reasonable standard (Omi Gibson aside).