Dragon*Con, by its own definition, is:
The largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!
I attended Dragon*Con this past labor day weekend, thursday through monday, as a last minute whim. With less than a week to think up a Cosplay Costume I decided to go as the Powerloader (or Power Loader) from Aliens. I found some great instructables on the interwebs from these fine folks:
The first one I found was this:
This one was slightly scaled down but they did an awesome job.
The second one I found was this:
Which is full-sized and even more awesome.
It was clear that I could not do either of these in two days. I found a few others costumes on line for “easier” versions and I will compile them here:
I ended up putting together something in about 10 hours (including hot-gluing and painting in the hotel room the night before) in pictures it looks alright. Here I am:
Overall I was actually surprised that my “shitty” costume gathered so much attention. Being made out of foamcore board (something both the first two instructables used) it was lightweight but still impressive. For a halloween costume that would have been awesome. However, Dragon*Con is a whole-other-ball-of-wax and the HUNDREDS of people wanting to stop, take a picture, grab onto a gripper, or shout “Get Away From Her You Bitch!” and High-Five a robotic arm put a lot of strain on the hot-glue and tape construction I relied on. After the second night my power loader looked like this:
Not quite wearable. I had a lot of fun running around and taking pictures so now I have 365…no… 364 days to make the best, full-sized, partially functional power loader out there. I will start by trying to acquire a to-scale replica and go from there. Sigourney Weaver and I are both 6’0 so I can keep everything exactly like the model. My friend told me to keep a blog. So I will.
I should mention: This first Power Loader was my VERY FIRST try at any kind of costuming or cosplay. So this will be my second shot. I realize that I am a straight-nOOb when it comes to everything so I may be doing things “wrong” or less efficiently than I should but it’s a learning experience for me. Feel free to make comments and suggestions. I’m willing to learn. My only experience with crafting besides this first power-loader was making giant puppets and marionettes in High School.