Toothless (Mascot/Character Costume; Quadsuit) - How to Train Your Dragon


London MCM Expo October 2012

Eurocosplay 2012 qualifier; Eurocosplay 3rd place runner up.

Showcased 17th February 2013 What is this?




When I first saw the movie 'How to Train Your Dragon' I loved Toothless the Night Fury - his design, personality, everything - and wanted to make a costume of him. However, I dismissed the idea as I felt he was waaaay to advanced for me to stand a chance at creating anything remotely resembling him.
Now, Fast forward to February 2012... the time came for me to pick a character to create a mascot costume head of as part of my second year university project, and the one character I had been wanting to do (but had been a bit scared to attempt until now) seemed like the logical choice - and thus I decided to take the plunge and try and make him; for better or for worse I was comitted to this project - and thus the journey begun.

I finished the costume head just on time, and thought that, after all the hard work it would be nice to have a complete costume for the summer con this year - Amecon 2012. Unfortunately, I had to take a few weeks off of working due to ill health, meaning I was far behind where I wanted to be construction-wise. However, I decided to stick with it, and after a few more weeks of hard work, much less sleep than is healthy for me and an unnatural amount of determination, I managed to finish the costume to some degree (with many temporary pieces) just in time for Amecon. He is by far the biggest and most rediculously-sized thing I have made up until this date. XD

This costume is very special to me as the costume head was the first piece of work I have ever made that I am actually truely proud of; normally I hate all of my work and can only see faults in it, but this actually came out better than I expected and I accepted it despite its faults. This may not seem like much, but was a big step for me in building up confidence that, for various personal reasons, I had never before had in my own work. ^^

I was very suprised to win the Eurocosplay 2012 qualifier with Toothless, and even more suprised to actually place 3rd overall in the commpetition! After a load of various health problems and personal issues recently this has really, really cheered me up and made me feel like I have finally managed to achieve something worthwile for the first time in a long time.
The whole Eurocosplay experience has helped me to gain more confidence in myself, and I must thank you all so much for all of your kind words and support; you're all amazing and it is all of your support and kindness that has helped me get this far and encouraged me to continue making costumes from the start. You're all super. ~ <3

For all who saw it, my Eurcosplay skit (which did not go well... XP) was full of problems due to a malfunctioning head harness which not only made the head of the costume loose (and resulting in it almost falling off onstage) but also pushed the balaclava I was wearing fully over my eyes making me completely blind on stage for the whole thing. I've never been so terrified in a stage performance in all my life as I was then, but although I was devistated that all my hard work planning my skit was wasted and worried that I had dissapointed everyone watching, but am glad I stuck with it and performed something, even if it wasn't anything like what I wanted to do ...This is the kind of thing that always seems to happen to me (life seems to like to prove to me you can't plan every little detail perfectly in advance and something unexpected can happen any time), but has actually had the positive effect of destroying my fear of things going wrong in my stage performences - that was pretty much my worst case scenario, everything I didn't want to happen happened and I still got through it. So I guess there's a positive in everything. ^^

****EDIT: Thank you for the weekly showcase! And for all of your kind words and comments! You're all amazing. ^^ ****


Zep posted on 18 August, 2012 - 20:44
This was amazing ! <3

cowiee posted on 18 August, 2012 - 20:49
Aaaaww, This is so adorable!

digibrute posted on 18 August, 2012 - 20:49
This was absolutely amazing and well deserved for the qualifier. Good Luck! :D

Amy-Lou posted on 18 August, 2012 - 21:05
Incredible work, he's so cute and perfectly proportioned! I can't wait to see the final version in October.

Teacup_Erinyes posted on 18 August, 2012 - 21:05
Congrats. Can't wait to hopefully see this in person in October. ^_^

SamanthaKaiba posted on 18 August, 2012 - 21:14
This is so amazing...captured the character very well ^_^

CrystalNeko posted on 18 August, 2012 - 21:14
So adorable!! I'm so happy you're representing us for EuroCos, so well deserved! Everything about the costume is already perfect, I can't wait to see how it'll look in the finals :)

yami-no-neko posted on 18 August, 2012 - 21:22
awesome awesome costume good luck at euro cosplay

blissfulbanana posted on 18 August, 2012 - 21:31
this was amazing and so hugable ><

TheStarlightFairy posted on 19 August, 2012 - 00:15

Smallfry0 posted on 19 August, 2012 - 00:16
love it so cute ^o^

Siouxsie James posted on 19 August, 2012 - 07:38
This was a very interesting costume to see at Ame (I have no idea how you made it!!) Good luck for Euro cosplay!! We'll be there watching you!! ^^

dan-dan posted on 19 August, 2012 - 10:44
this is awsome congrats on the eurocosplay qualifier u deserve it

FuriePhoenix posted on 19 August, 2012 - 13:46
omg adorable!!!

Lunar_Kitten posted on 24 August, 2012 - 22:19
So cute! Congrats on the EuroCosplay qualifier - good luck for the competition! :)

Silantre posted on 26 August, 2012 - 00:56
I think I want to take him, and snuggle him, and love him!

Kei Lin Sama posted on 28 August, 2012 - 21:32
I can testify to the awesomeness of this costume, having spent most of the masquerade queuing time petting its adorable head.. Thank you, Jemima, for your most excellent company, and I'll be cheering for you at the EC finals.

KhaosKreator posted on 29 August, 2012 - 11:14
Loved the beautiful small details on this. You've been making such great things for a long time, it's fantastic to see you get to represent us in Euro. Best of luck, you'll knock them dead with cute!

Refira posted on 24 September, 2012 - 22:01
Thank you everyone. ^^ Not long to go now before I take Toothless to the Eurocosplay finals... I've been working on a few of the weaker components and am well on track towards having him ready in his final form for the end of October. Thank you for the continued support everyone. I really appreciate it! :)

Sephirayne posted on 25 September, 2012 - 11:43
This was amazing. Well done on being selected for the Eurocosplay final. Best of luck for Oct. Can't wait to see Toothless again ^^.

madmazda86 posted on 28 October, 2012 - 08:05
Was great to see this in person and appreciate all the time and effort! Haha, it was funny how the judges all wanted pictures with you after your slot finished XD Congratulations on placing, it was well deserved! :D

Teacup_Erinyes posted on 29 October, 2012 - 19:38
Seriously well done. We were cheering for you at Eurocosplay and you really did us proud. XX

Sephirayne posted on 30 October, 2012 - 18:04
Well done on winning 3rd at Eurocosplay. Proud of you ^^

sky-zelda-princess posted on 31 October, 2012 - 16:34
Wow, I somehow missed you at the expo lol! amahzing cosplay, please go to the may expo so my daughter can meet toothless, shes 6 and loooves the film :) x

Refira posted on 6 November, 2012 - 20:07
Thank you! I really am glad people loved the costume; I was really worried people would be dissapointed in me because my skit went very, very wrong and that would overshadow the time and effort I have put into the costume over the last few months. It makes me happy to know that people don't entirely discount my work due to me failing on stage (which is the kind of thing that always happens to me... XD... I'm yet to have a stage performance go completely right, but Toothless was by far the worst fail so far). Oh well, everything still turned out well in the end, and I enjoyed the whole experience, so things like that don't really matter in the long run. ^^ sky-zelda-princess: I would love to take Toothless to Expo again in May, but unfortunately due to how hard he is to travel with (and to store in my small University room) I'm not sure it is possible. I may be taking him to Minamicon (if there is enough interest to justify the inconvenience of travelling him there), but I'm not sure May Expo is easily doable, as much as I'd really love to.

Kyuipo posted on 6 November, 2012 - 20:21
Wow! Such an awsome costume. Very well made! Great Job! I love Toothless<3

Lady Bahamut posted on 6 November, 2012 - 20:42
So much love for this! I only wish I could have seen it in person at the expo! <3

Moonchild posted on 6 November, 2012 - 22:29
So awesome!! So wish I could have seen it in person!

sarmander posted on 6 November, 2012 - 23:02
Oh my gosh....just looking at your photos makes me want to cry tears of joy! T__T Lovely!

Freyarule posted on 7 November, 2012 - 09:36
Congratulations on the 3rd place! Very well deserved, you were so cute onstage and the tail fin sail is a lovely touch! <3

Carmina posted on 7 November, 2012 - 13:16
It was absolutely adorable, probably one of my favorite customes at Ame. Well done of winning third place!

Manticore posted on 7 November, 2012 - 19:18
So Adorable! God! Well done!

sky-zelda-princess posted on 17 November, 2012 - 18:59
awww it would be awesome if you could come london expo again, I could have got my brother to cosplay as hiccup as he looks just like him lol x

Fizzykat posted on 17 February, 2013 - 16:39

Yasmia posted on 17 February, 2013 - 21:24
I saw this at Eurocosplay. It was amazing! So very well done!!

Siouxsie James posted on 18 February, 2013 - 08:02
Gratz on the showcase, it's obvious how much love and work went into this wonderful costume!

Littlegeeky posted on 18 February, 2013 - 11:29
This cosplay is just so amazing! Congratulations on the showcase! You really deserved it!

ArcaneArchery posted on 18 February, 2013 - 19:47
I love the expression on the face – Toothless looks so happy to be at the Expo

Sephirayne posted on 19 February, 2013 - 12:27
So happy that this got a showcase. So well deserved. Congratulations ♥

neko_riddles posted on 19 February, 2013 - 14:23
Yay! Congrats on the showcase :D very much deserved!

Freyarule posted on 19 February, 2013 - 14:24
I'm really happy this got a showcase, you looked amazing :)

Shadowland13 posted on 19 February, 2013 - 17:36
Stunning! =]

Refira posted on 19 February, 2013 - 22:29
Thank you so much everyone! ~ <3 You're all so kind. ^^

MadameLapin posted on 20 February, 2013 - 00:50
Incredible... just so incredible. I have no words for how amazing this costume is. *one person standing ovation which totally makes sense*

Caius posted on 21 February, 2013 - 19:56
Oh my gosh, this is so amazing! Seriously, if I ever were to meet you when you wear that costume you wouldn't be able to get rid of me, lol. XD

Tracy posted on 22 February, 2013 - 16:59
Blimey you know I saw this when I joined this website. I couldn't leave a comment for the first 72 hours of joining. I can sew historic costumes to a degree, but I could never make anything like this. Do you have a youtube video of your skit as I can't see anything from your info page, so just thought i'd ask. I have only watched the film once but that is all that's needed to remember this cute dragon. WELL DONE!!!!!!!

Shewolfxterminater posted on 13 March, 2013 - 09:32
OMG OMG OMG OMG OH MY GOSH I love toothless, that is an amazing cosplay. Well done ^^ xxx

Spidercoffee posted on 11 April, 2013 - 16:30

Refira posted on 22 April, 2013 - 01:19
Again, thank you to everyone who has commented. I'm glad to hear so many people liked my costume. ^^ @Tracy - the whole of the Eurocosplay show is up on youtube; and there is a specific video of just my skit at for anyone who feels like watching me fail on stage. XD I still think I'm perhaps the only person who could have so much go so epically wrong in a performance in a big international competition. I've never actually had a skit go to plan, that was just by far the worst. Well, guess it gives me an excuse to re-enter Euro in a couple of years time... to finally get a skit right. XD

TrixieTober posted on 24 April, 2013 - 20:36
This is so cute and has totally made my day <3

Wolfine posted on 3 September, 2013 - 14:54
Hello ^ _ ^ cool costume you've made, i love it. do you think you could make a costume similar to the one you have made and sell it to me. If so how much do you want for a costume?

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