Laputian Robot (Caretaker) - Laputa: Castle In The Sky


Minamicon 16 (2010)

Minami award for making Rob Fahey cry

Showcased 16th April 2011 What is this?


A costume I’ve had on the wish list for a couple of years now. When I saw Laputa some 19 years ago it was the first time I realised the difference between Western and Japanese animation so (like so many of us) it holds a special place in my heart.
This is my homage.

The costume was always going to be challenging, laputian robots have quite plain curved designs so it would be very easy to mess up its shape. As it is I had to use some painting and modelling tricks to hide or distract the eye from panel joins etc.

Plastazote and latex construction over a hardboard frame.

It was a bit rushed to get it ready for Minami so there’s a few things left to do like the fill in painting and some extra supports to help him keep his shape. I might break the head open and install some lights too.

I took some liberties with the design to aid in construction and added in extra chest damage (a la the Statue at the Ghibli museum) so that I had a convenient vision slot.
In the anime the chest pods appear to be solid, however these are the robots flying thrusters so I figured they should actually be open and shaped at the bottom.
Arms and legs both have the correct number of segments, the arms are built around felt strips so that they are fully flexible and wired with a pulley system so that they can be moved. Additionally the hands are wired so that they are reasonably pose-able.

The head attaches to my own head, so, in theory I can move it – this broke on the day though so needs some adjusting before it will work properly.

Anonymous posted on 20 April, 2010 - 10:14
This worked out really well - boy done good again; I especially love the fine details like the cute little birdies, etc. (woo for huge Paris haberdashery!). And erm ... oops - did we mean to make the masquerade audience cry? :-p

Amy-Lou posted on 20 April, 2010 - 10:31
You toy with our emotions... Stunning costume, the detail on it is just crazy and it's perfect. Clever engineering there, especially getting the arms to lift. How on earth did you manage to keep it secret?

perfectly_purple posted on 20 April, 2010 - 10:54
You put us all to shame with your amazing skills! That robot was soooo cool! Can't wait to see the film now! ^_^

Sillabub posted on 20 April, 2010 - 10:58
This was all kinds of amazing :D

Defrain posted on 20 April, 2010 - 11:03
was jaw droppingly awesome

BlusterSquall posted on 20 April, 2010 - 11:11
Undoubtedly the best costume at the convention. I have never seen something so amazing! You never fail to astound and amaze. <3

Limegreenjelly posted on 20 April, 2010 - 12:59
Awesomesauceness! thats all I have to say :)

ryaoki posted on 20 April, 2010 - 13:26
super amazing mcjamess

SephNoir posted on 20 April, 2010 - 13:30
So much love for this costume! The construction is fantastic, it just blew me away when I saw it!

Ayame posted on 20 April, 2010 - 15:39
I was so amazed when I saw you sorting this out in the masquerade line. I don't think there are words for how awesome it is. :)

Freyarule posted on 20 April, 2010 - 16:04
I have to say when I saw you put this on when we were waiting for the masq I nearly cried at the epic-ness of it :D Well done on the win, it was truly deserved!!!! I will never be able to express just how much I loved this X3

Sephirayne posted on 20 April, 2010 - 16:07
This is just pure win. So epic. You always managed to make my jaw drop everytime. Congrats on the award and for tugging on everyones heart strings. Made for more awesomeness.

Delusional posted on 20 April, 2010 - 16:08
GAH, YOU NEARLY RUINED MY MAKE-UP! I had to think manly thoughts so I didn't burst into tears properly... Was so lovely to see this in person and I look forward to seeing the photos you got outside on the Sunday :)

CrystalNeko posted on 20 April, 2010 - 16:31
Uwaaah, this costume put me on so many levels of happy when I saw this!!! It looked amazing, and it was so nice to see it in real life!

same_difference posted on 20 April, 2010 - 18:46
Absolutely amazing costume.

Lil-Samuu posted on 20 April, 2010 - 21:42
This is an absolutely fantastic costume. :) Congratulations on building this. ^_^

Refira posted on 20 April, 2010 - 21:51
Absolutely amazing. Every time I saw this I was more and more impressed with it. I especially loved the attention to detail and watercolour-style painting on the body. Very, very nice. :)

Manjou posted on 20 April, 2010 - 22:14
Just seen photos of this on facebook, and I must say OMFG this looked amazing! O.O!

sjbonnar posted on 20 April, 2010 - 22:22
Have just seen photos...you...are...amazing!

eva_fan posted on 20 April, 2010 - 22:24
Forget making Rob Fahey cry; i think you made most of the convention cry. Much like yourself, this was one of the first anime i ever saw and i've love it ever since. Truly awesome costume. :D

Berserk667 posted on 21 April, 2010 - 16:14
a proper stunner i must say :)

nanahara posted on 21 April, 2010 - 21:27

eternal_aranel posted on 21 April, 2010 - 22:37
This makes me so fuzzy and happy <3

Pigmypie posted on 22 April, 2010 - 00:24
woahmygosh greatest cosplay ever :D so so so awesome and great and yay!

ryaoki posted on 22 April, 2010 - 11:33
why is it so amazing

Alyx posted on 22 April, 2010 - 12:04
This is amazing, really well done, wish i could have seen it <3

Zelda posted on 22 April, 2010 - 12:04
OMG that is awesome ^^ i love it!

Tsuchinoko posted on 22 April, 2010 - 14:18
This was such a fantastic cosplay, seeing this was one of the highlights of Minami for me. Really well done!

RanmaSyaoran posted on 22 April, 2010 - 15:47
When I saw the pictures of this I HONESTLY thought it was a resin statue. It's that amazing!

Ranma1-2 posted on 22 April, 2010 - 22:27
This is Epicly Epic ^_^ I love it when you are 'free' to just cosplay, you're such a talented costume maker!

No thanks posted on 22 April, 2010 - 22:39
HOLY- OMG! This is AMAZING! Epicepicepicepic<3

JakeX posted on 22 April, 2010 - 23:12
Seriously James, seeing this at Minami made me so happy!!! Its beautiful!! i just loved all the little details like the moss and all ya know? So weldone to you :D

drowned_panda posted on 22 April, 2010 - 23:13
My jaw is still on the floor. Incredible cosplay and the best I have ever seen.

MangaChild posted on 23 April, 2010 - 00:21
Simply Amazing!!! Nostalgia to the EXTREME in mindblowing detail

MikeJenks posted on 23 April, 2010 - 08:07
Mygod, this is simply incredible!! ;w;

Dark and Light Samurai posted on 23 April, 2010 - 11:06
Wowwwwwww OoO This is one of the most amazing cosplay I've ever seen

Adamoluna posted on 25 April, 2010 - 20:24
Incredible craftsmanship! ^^ I can't believe I'm actually seeing this, I never imagined... I'm at a loss for words! This certainly made my day. :'3

Anonymous posted on 16 May, 2010 - 01:42
meant to comment on this much much sooner but it was so epic :D excellent work as usual :3

Hannah-Kiwii posted on 24 May, 2010 - 13:46
This is amazing!!!!

k4tt posted on 31 May, 2010 - 23:53
Why haven't I commented on this yet!!!????? I never got to see it in person, but my god does it look absolutely amazing!! The paintwork, the moss, the bird, and all the little details. Perfect!!

Kannacchi posted on 10 June, 2010 - 21:55
Awesome =D

J-Po posted on 27 September, 2010 - 11:44
this is insane its just like wow, nah its not real, but it is, but it cant be. its exceletly made and well, really life like. its just pure amazing lol

ryaoki posted on 17 December, 2010 - 05:09
Love this to bits, aswell as prime MAkes you wonder aye james, you can easily do these soo If someone said HAI JAMES YOUD MAKE A GOOD NIRVASH, you should think of doing it HINT HINT

Ilpala posted on 18 December, 2010 - 11:24
LOL, but you know i'd never have the time to wear a Nirvash at the Expo :( Holland maybe :P

ryaoki posted on 18 December, 2010 - 11:28
Hahah good enough for me mcjames!

Leadmill posted on 18 December, 2010 - 22:33
Your amazing costume inspired me to watch the film tonight. Easily one of the best productions i've ever seen!

Kitticus posted on 7 January, 2011 - 16:37
Words can not describe how 1. in awe i am seeing this and 2. how amazing this is. Very nice work!!

Eloraborealis posted on 16 April, 2011 - 23:37
I love this film, it's definately one of my favourites! You have done it so much justice, such an amazing costume! :D

Anonymous posted on 17 April, 2011 - 02:29
No way, FFFFFFF-- *¬*

cowiee posted on 17 April, 2011 - 13:21
omg! This is clearly super awesome!

Sley posted on 17 April, 2011 - 14:09
Honestly.. this is freakingly awesome! <3

Blinx posted on 17 April, 2011 - 15:16
Omg this is amazing

BabemRoze posted on 18 April, 2011 - 08:55
That is epic!!!! I love this so much! <3

Clover-tan posted on 22 April, 2011 - 18:59
Amazing. O__O

My__RoadOfBlood posted on 23 April, 2011 - 02:34
I've seen a lot of amazing things in cosplay but wow....Just. Wow. This really is something fantastic! <3

Vicky posted on 25 October, 2011 - 20:26
Oh my ... I wish I could see it in real life!

Siouxsie James posted on 2 January, 2012 - 00:47
This is so so so so so COOL ^^ very well done on a great cosplay!!!

ArcaneArchery posted on 21 April, 2013 - 19:43
This is a masterpiece

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