Totoro (Mk 1) - My Neighbour Totoro


AyaCon 2013

Showcased 2nd February 2014 What is this?




ArcaneArchery posted on 21 April, 2013 - 20:10
I’ll be looking out for this. I was just re-watching 'My Neighbour Totoro' yesterday

Ashika posted on 28 April, 2013 - 12:28
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh I so can't wait for this!! I've thought about doing a Totoro costume before but never got around to it! Looking amazing so far too! :)

otakugirl posted on 28 April, 2013 - 15:31
OMG i sooo wanna see you at the expo, must keep eyes peeled. It looks amazing so far

Siouxsie James posted on 29 April, 2013 - 00:08
OH MY! This will be amazing!!! If you're free and going please consider joining our Ghibli group in October (Friday), good luck at May anyway!!

cannibalistic_cow posted on 29 April, 2013 - 01:51
Thank you all. Afireinsidegirl, I would love to join you in the group in October. I'll definitely be there.

sjbonnar posted on 29 April, 2013 - 09:29
OMG dude this is amazing!

CrystalNeko posted on 29 April, 2013 - 11:20
This looks so impressive already! Can't wait to see it all complete :)

Siouxsie James posted on 29 April, 2013 - 23:24
cannibalistic_cow I'm adding you to 'the list' ;)

Dax79 posted on 9 May, 2013 - 13:23
This is really great! Using webcams is a nice idea! will keep any eye on you!!

Kuchiito posted on 10 May, 2013 - 12:19
This is looking amazing. Great work :)

Chimmy posted on 15 May, 2013 - 22:41
This looks epic so far :D Hope the weather aint like last may for ya, trust me it aint nice walking round in super hot cosplays >.<

ToroSonyCat posted on 16 May, 2013 - 18:08
I can't wait to see this finished, it looks amazing so far!

Siouxsie James posted on 17 May, 2013 - 09:22
This is just looking exciting!!! :D

shyezri posted on 19 May, 2013 - 23:14
Oh hope you're doing this on the Saturday- I'm really excited to see it! Is it ok if I add you to my sons photo scavenger hunt??

cannibalistic_cow posted on 20 May, 2013 - 00:13
Thank you all for your kind comments so far. It's helping me through the long nights. @Shyezri; I will indeed be wearing this on Saturday, and of course not. I would be honored.

cowiee posted on 20 May, 2013 - 02:22
oh. my. god. This is the greatest thing i've ever seen.

ST212 posted on 20 May, 2013 - 09:16
This is coming together nicely. Looks amazing.

Siouxsie James posted on 24 August, 2013 - 07:57
This was so amazing!!!! :)

Freyarule posted on 24 August, 2013 - 11:18
This was so cute!!! I fangirled so hard over it XDD

dan-dan posted on 24 August, 2013 - 22:36
This is awesome :D

Amy-Lou posted on 25 August, 2013 - 13:49
Such a good Totoro, I'm glad I got to see it in person. I was really impressed with the structure you went for, good proportions and it kept it's shape even when you weren't wearing it. Can't wait to see version 2 :)

Littlegeeky posted on 2 February, 2014 - 20:45
Such an amazing Totoro cosplay! I can't believe this was one of your first costumes too! Congratulations on the showcase, it's very well deserved!

Nesproxy posted on 2 February, 2014 - 21:06
Absolutely superb! Massive congratulations on the showcase - extremely well deserved! Also, I was really interested to see the pictures of how it's constructed. :)

Leadmill posted on 2 February, 2014 - 23:03
Totally amazeballs, was fun seeing how it all went together and getting you around Aya!

Siouxsie James posted on 2 February, 2014 - 23:22
Grats on the showcase :)

Mangamad posted on 3 February, 2014 - 12:48
Oh crud! This cosplay! XD

Fizzykat posted on 3 February, 2014 - 14:04
congrats on the showcase my friend! ;)

Tsuchinoko posted on 3 February, 2014 - 14:22
This cosplay was brilliant! I love that you have an umbrella as a prop, too ^^

Moonchild posted on 3 February, 2014 - 17:43
Amazing work on this!!

cowiee posted on 3 February, 2014 - 17:53
Gwahh!!! soo soo good!!

Alias Cosplay posted on 3 February, 2014 - 20:24
This deserves the showcase!

Freyarule posted on 4 February, 2014 - 11:41
Congrats on the showcase! Well deserved, adorable Totoro <3

Sephirayne posted on 6 February, 2014 - 09:44
This is amazing. Congrats on the showcase.

White Tigress posted on 7 February, 2014 - 00:57
Genius!!! Congrats on the showcase!

cannibalistic_cow posted on 13 February, 2014 - 15:09
I know this is a late reply. But thank you all for the kind words.

Progress Journal

24th August 2013

Completed, sort of.

So I got Totoro completed for Aya (kind of), and got to walk him to the masquerade and wear him in it.
I couldn't get everything done on him that I wanted to though, and because of this he wasn't as easy to wear as I had previously hopped.
So what didn't I manage to get done;
The eyes only moved from left to right, and not by much. I bought 180° motors thinking that these would be okay. I then worked out that as the motors would sit in a central position that this meant they only had a movement of rotation 90° each way, which didn't translate in to a great deal of slide movement.
As for vertical movement, the Papier-mâché base just wasn't sturdy enough to take the torque from the motor, and caused the face to flex.

Staying with the eyes. For a camera I used one that is normally installed into a car for help with reversing. They're cheap and not bad quality, however, bad idea. Turns out the lens used in these camera are convex shaped, rather than flat. This means that I had a wider field of view, but it was distorted, completely screwing up depth perception and other things. I kept stopping because I thought I was going to walk in to people, but then be no where near them. Other than that, it worked well.
Speaker was a little too quiet, but worked overall.

Hands... I need to find a better way of doing them. They couldn't grip anything, so had to install two clips in to the hand. I think this may be the best way to do it even on Mark 2, but we'll see. I found another way of doing them, so I'll try that first before ruling anything out.

Damn, there are a lot of things I wasn't overall happy with on this one. I'll blast threw two more and then move on.

I changed the stomach from foam, to teddy bear wadding. This worked awesome for huggers as it was all nice and soft, but the fur kept wrinkling, making it look loose. This may have also been caused by the soft papier-mâché support though.

last thing, the fur connection to the head and legs. Well there was none. Which really spoils it for me. I wanted him to look like a plush, but those two things just make it look like a cheap costume (Which he was not!). I got to speak to some awesome fur suiters though, which game me some awesome pointers on how to sort that next time.

So over all, I enjoyed wearing him, My friends seemed to be impressed and excited by it, and from what they've told me (I couldn't see a lot) other people around liked him a lot.

Whats next?
I'm going to work on a couple of smaller things for Expo in Oct, couple of cosplays and some props that people seem to get excited about, then I'll start working on a bigger, better, more stable, and animated Totoro for the new year.

Thank you for reading all of this, if you have. More photos will be uploaded soon.

29th May 2013

Still standing in my conservitory.

So unfortunately I wasn't able to get Totoro completed to the standard that I wanted for May Expo.
I'm going to give him a couple of weeks off, and then start working on it again to get him ready for Aya and the October MCM group.