Costume :cactuar
Variant :(VIII )
Source :final fantasy
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo Comic Con May 2014

Costume Photos

fight on !

cactuar dance

cactuar and garnet aka dagger

jumbo cactuar reference

jumbo cactuar lol

cactuar cosplay

cactuar at the photo shoot

1.000 needles (cactaur cosplay)

cactuar cosplay may 2014

i fits and i can see and breath !

1,000 needles arms complete apart from covering them in fabric ..



Costume Information

Time Taken : jan 2014 to may 2014

I was hoping to create a cactuar cosplay as he appears pretty much until final fantasy 10 where after his appearance seems to change ?(but returns in 13)anyway I keept having dream of me running round expo in a cactuar Coplay i hope to be joined by an updated yuffie


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How does this not have any comments? This is a really cool idea ^^ Are you even going to be able to move though? xD

by MiatheRabbit on Sunday, 20 April, 2014 - 16:51
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I know ! i was keeping it secret for a while :D also yep defiantly all the limbs are jointed so should have relative freedom of movement its also incredibly lightweight :D if ya add to your watch list all shall be revealed .

by cosplaymatt1 on Monday, 21 April, 2014 - 18:29
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Brilliant idea! Can't wait to see this!

by Kei Lin Sama on Thursday, 24 April, 2014 - 22:46
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The progress pictures look great, this will be a fun cosplay to see =)

by Tsuchinoko on Saturday, 26 April, 2014 - 11:04
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This is going to be amazing! Can't wait to see the finished thing. :D

by Fyria on Monday, 5 May, 2014 - 12:38
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This is so cool! I will defiantly be finding you for a picture!

by LittleSquish on Wednesday, 14 May, 2014 - 14:46
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thanks all :D im at the make or break point as it sorta is working but if it does break or not get done in time an old cid highwind cosplay might have to replace it.

by cosplaymatt1 on Wednesday, 14 May, 2014 - 18:40
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This has come out fantastically. I’ll be looking out for this at MCM (probably will be hard to miss) as long as you don’t do the 1000 needles attack on me.

by ArcaneArchery on Thursday, 22 May, 2014 - 21:07
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How did I miss seeing this at Expo???
Great job on this, it's such a funny cosplay X3

by Tsuchinoko on Monday, 26 May, 2014 - 12:33
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This is just incredible! A really great idea, you can really tell how much effort you put into it :)

by brigade-chief on Monday, 26 May, 2014 - 13:39
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This is amazing haha! Sad I wasn't at expo to see this. :)

by Alinthia on Friday, 30 May, 2014 - 12:07

To-Do List

colour / paint / cover in fabricHighComplete
legs X2HighComplete
main bodyHighComplete
head sectionHighComplete
ARMS X2HighComplete
black tights for eyes and mouthHighComplete
hand nubs X2MediumComplete
spray green lines on leg sectionMediumComplete
spray green lines on main bodyMediumComplete
add fabric to leg / waist sectionMediumComplete
vetilation / cooling systemMediumComplete
waist section where legs meet main bodyMediumComplete
details : eyes and mouthMediumComplete
feet nubs x2 / shoe coversMediumComplete
attach waist to main bodyMediumComplete
details . head spikesLowComplete
whistle ! LowComplete
glue sleave to arm at shoulder pointLowComplete
repair trousersLowComplete
replace velcrow and glue shoe covers to shoesLowComplete
(jumbo moustach)LowComplete
save point prop?LowPlanned
soften top of arm hole for shouldersLowPlanned

Shopping List

wire mesh£27.00Bought
cable ties£1.50Bought
green foam sheets£6.40Bought
green material £4.00Bought
running shoes£25.00Bought


creating sperate album for JUMBO CACTUAR (Posted 20th July 2014)

as there are so many photos and they are technically 2 different costumes (I know its only a moustache difference) I thought it would make sense to set up an separate album. also im going to hyper japan on july 27th 2014 :D

it went great at mcm expo (Posted 30th May 2014)

everyone loved it and it was relatively easy to get around in , it was hot inside but got cooler as the day went on especially outside , had fun at the photoshoot even took up a photobomb offer ! , few things thou my sleaves kept falling out ( forgot to get them pushed in some times )so I look a bit rough in some photos my trousers came open at the lower leg a bit on Saturday and my shoe covers were falling off on sunday so a few repairs needed .visibility was fine considering .

dress reheral done ready for tomorrow (Posted 22nd May 2014)

got such a good reception on the mcm expo forum over 350 likes ! and im not even at expo yet so pleased it came together well it just gotta survive the trip up there and the weekend.

done i think (Posted 21st May 2014)

will do dress rehersal and im done wooooo! bring on expo

my to do list is getting shorter :D (Posted 20th May 2014)

got quite a bit done recently the whole main section is I would say done just gotta attach the waist section ,adjust trousers and paint green stripes on both oh and make shoe covers..(and glue on head spikes)

good night untill to-marrow (Posted 17th May 2014)

recently added fabric to arms and main body section and cut out arm holes along with eyes and mouth . the arms also have their green stripes painted onto them they look like big marrows atm looool . im waiting for the arm to dry and both arms will be 99 percent complete (1 percent might be slight changes). I gotta be honest the top half will looks good but I do worry about the lower sections :S

the good the bad and the cactuar (Posted 14th May 2014)

okay dress rehersal highlighted a few issues with how high the waist needs to be , how strong / good the string I currently have is ,and with the waist low atm I cant bend my legs easily to strike the classic pose this can hopefully be corrected easily on a more positive note I did cover the other arm in fabric so both arms just need a dark green stripe unt zey are done . spesh thank to pete and rose for dressing me lol

skelington a go go baby! (Posted 14th May 2014)

the main skeleton of the whole cactuar is done I dunno if I gunna do feet nubs I might just make foot covers and wear running shoes im hopefully gunna do a dress rehearsal soon then fabric n paint and im done I think, today I made the legs joint via cored green string hopefully it doesn't undo and attached them to the waist section which ive yet to see is the right size etc.

fabricating (Posted 12th May 2014)

I did a test run working on the arm by putting the fabric on it it looks ...okay might look better painted.

not waist-ing time (Posted 11th May 2014)

ive been tying to figure out how to joining the upper body to lower I.e legs today I made a section similar to what I saw in a video of a tonberry and cactuar cosplayers dancing together if it works then all I gotta do is connect the leg segment and possible do the foot nubs and then fabrication and painting.!

a thorn in my side lol (Posted 4th May 2014)

I cut some spikes out of cardboard (this cactuar variant has three red / brown spikes instead of three black lines ) ,it was a thorn in my side so to speak (dat pun)to get the colouration right and the size a small step but one none the less.

holy moly its may ...since last time ive now (Posted 2nd May 2014)

foam up thouse sharp arm hole edges the arms fit and move freely , the eye holes cut out and can be seen through , the mouth also cut out can also be seen through and will double up as ventilation recent back and shoulder pain has prevented any work being done this week really and it may already with 3 weeks max to go im optimistic but worried about finishing.

forgot to foam up the sharp edges (Posted 25th April 2014)

tried on the main section today and forgot to foam up around the arm hole , squeezed into the costume and got grated like cheese .ouch however I made the holes slightly bigger than needed as the angle to get my arm through the holes was to acute I can also rotate and move my arms with more ease I hope.

thank you :D (Posted 22nd April 2014)

thanks to rose who helped me line up where arm holes will go on the main section, I also have finished both arms thou I may shorten one .

over half way i think ... (Posted 16th April 2014)

nearly all the bits are ready to be connected except the waist to leg section as I will need to see how much of me stick out the top half once ive cut out my arm holes etc . talking of which I have now assembled an arm section and will start on the other soon it will be covered in green fabric at some point .

now.... (Posted 23rd March 2014)

ive managed to make a rough top head to put onto the main section and have begun to paper mache it .

all limb segments (Posted 18th March 2014)

all limb segments are now paper mached . im now applying 3rd and 4th layer to the arm segments I still have the main body segments and joints and such to do friend suggested making the arm sections rigid rather than jointed this might be a good idear :D the leg however will need to be otherwise I wont be able to move lololol.

progess update (Posted 8th March 2014)

ive done 1 inside layer and 2 outside layers to : all 4 arm segments and 1 leg segment im gunna ask my friends if they think more layers are needed .

making progeess on paper mache (Posted 16th February 2014)

2 lower arm sections and 1 upper arm section ,1st and second layers applied once these are done I can hopefully figure out the limb joint or I might have to make it rigid.

did a test paper mache section last night (Posted 15th February 2014)

and this morning it dried out nicely but will defiantly need more layers as I suspected , next I will do the head dome and then all the layers on each section and then see if the rabbit tunnels I got will work as joints , and then the section where the legs and the main section meet.

got most of my segments cut out (Posted 1st February 2014)

however im now wondering how im gunna do the feet without making it look to big or misshapen..... any idears ? I gotta walk round in this thing too thinking caps on !

finally started on it :D (Posted 19th January 2014)

so far I have made / cut the tubular main body section and upper arm section from the wire mesh I bought. the metal is sharp :o but light and strong enough for me to put a skin (paper Mache?) on top .

starting point (Posted 1st January 2014)

now I have reference pictures up I was thinking WHERE THE F am I gunna start ! also how will I make it then I found this so random it exsist but thank goodness it dioes :D