Costume :Kuma
Variant :Version 1
Source :Afro Samurai
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2011

Costume Photos

Trinity photoshoot

Kuma steals Princess Belle

Slice and Dice

Ready for action

Kuma at Expo

kuma - take 2

Reference 2

Reference 1



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I look forward to seeing this mate, kuma is bad ass!

by Numta on Thursday, 14 July, 2011 - 13:53
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This is gonna be immense - looking forward to seeing it complete.

by gaming_goddess on Sunday, 17 July, 2011 - 11:28
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thanks :) just saw your super cute sackboy, so I might come running to you when I get stuck

by WarriorTeddy on Sunday, 17 July, 2011 - 11:43
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Dude OMG :D This is pure win, cant wait to see it done :D

by RevolverKitty on Tuesday, 19 July, 2011 - 21:34
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nice one man, I was attempting this at one point but other ideas took over, so I look forward to this ^^

by nanahara on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 00:42
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That polystyrene head looks warm! Good luck! I'll be keeping an eye on this one ;)

by Kata-san on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 01:55
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Awesome! I was planning Sio for a while :D Will be looking forward to this!

by eternal_aranel on Monday, 8 August, 2011 - 10:44
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progress looks epic hun =] x.

by FusionRose on Monday, 8 August, 2011 - 11:25
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Really looking forward to seeing this!

by Numta on Monday, 8 August, 2011 - 12:42
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This is looking amazing!!!

by BabemRoze on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 10:57

Mate that looks the SHIZZ!! Kuma is badass, like Numta said!!

by on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 22:27
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Omg!! Love love love! This looks amazing Joe! =D x.

by FusionRose on Sunday, 28 August, 2011 - 19:38
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:D thanks, I still can't believe I made it

by WarriorTeddy on Sunday, 28 August, 2011 - 19:41
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I really really really can't wait to see this, your bringing one of my fav characters to life!

by Numta on Sunday, 28 August, 2011 - 20:29
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Awesome! Hope I get to see you rockin' this in person :D

by Heorot on Friday, 16 September, 2011 - 12:23
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thanks :) do come say hello

by WarriorTeddy on Friday, 16 September, 2011 - 16:35
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i can hardly stop my shaking with joy at this! haha

by Numta on Monday, 26 September, 2011 - 14:59

Mate that is officially Ridunkulous!!! So gutted that I wont get to see the finished article!!

by on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 - 15:32
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thanks matey :) he's one of my fav characters, will definitely cosplay him again

by WarriorTeddy on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 - 22:25
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brilliantly done man ^^

by nanahara on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 00:59
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by eternal_aranel on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 12:01
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Thanks Nana :)
@ eternal_aranel - hello sister! I'll hang onto this for when you do Sio

by WarriorTeddy on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 12:10
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"JINOOOO!!...!" XD lol
It was great seeing this in person, and i may have to get some tips off you as im tempted to do the Kuma at the end of the Credits from the first Afro Samurai series where he's topless and he's covered in hundreds of head bands.

by Sketch McDraw on Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 00:19
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thanks Kyle :) you must do it! that is the most epic version, just thinking about it has driven me into fanboy mode XD

by WarriorTeddy on Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 15:02
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It was awesome Seeing this at expo! I thought I renembered seeing this at cosplay island and forgot it was you LOL such a great cosplay!

by KawaiiKira on Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 18:35
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This was absolutely fun to see! Really made me look back at Afro Samurai! =D How did you see in it?!

by Manticore on Thursday, 26 January, 2012 - 01:46
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Thanks Capt^^ I could see a tiny bit sideways through the eyes.. and I could kindof make out shapes infront of me through the material - wish it had perfect vision though

by WarriorTeddy on Thursday, 26 January, 2012 - 12:15


Sandals (Posted 18th October 2011)

Tabi socks and zori sandals to complete the samurai look

Katanas (Posted 12th October 2011)

Not having the time to create one from scratch, I've opted for some props. They look quite convincing as well.

Kendogi and Hakama (Posted 26th September 2011)

Yay!! my kendo uniform arrived today. It's all black. I wanted a blue kendogi but this should do. Just need to get my dual katana and Geta sandals and I'll be set.

Vision (Posted 26th August 2011)

I've hollowed out the pupils and head with a hot knife. This will allow me to see through the eyes albeit only sideways. Luckily I can kindof see right ahead of me through the fabric. It's not very clear but in bright light I have some vision.

Ears (Posted 20th August 2011)

Finally completed the ears. The were initially quite massive, like mickey mouse's. That was a big no-no. Reduced the size but one is now smaller than the other - SHIMATTA!!!

second layer of fabric (Posted 16th August 2011)

yay!! It has finally taken shape.
I created the crease in the middle by stuffing the fabric under a wire.

eyes and snout (Posted 13th August 2011)

The eyes are from a polystyrene ball that came in two halves. I then sculpted the snout from a polystyrene block (took me ages).

first layer of fabric (Posted 8th August 2011)

The plan is to use to two layers of fabric to ensure a smooth even surface <fingers crossed>

its like an oven in here (Posted 7th August 2011)

I was not too happy with the shape so I decided to make it more spherical. I accomplished this by using strips of foam from an exercise mat.
I will however have to install a fan and create some ventilation or I just might faint whilst wearing it.

aaaahhh! an egyptian mummy!! (Posted 1st August 2011)

I have now taped the head up to secure it (in the process blocking off what little ventilation gaps existed - oh shit!)
It is however not as spherical in shape as I hoped it would be. The only solution I can think of is to use fabric to even out the sharp edges.
Next up: giving this baby some skin!