I’ll be the first to admit that, while I am frequently in awe at the talents of the dedicated, passionate cosplayers of the world, I wouldn’t know the first thing about how to go about the hobby myself. There’s a reason I often default to “Arthur Dent” for Halloween, because it involves putting on a bathrobe, grabbing a towel, and maybe writing the words “Don’t Panic” on my iPad cover. But if you’d asked me to name ten different materials that would be helpful in creating impressive costumes, I’m pretty sure none of my guesses would have been “cardboard.” Shows what I know. Check out a damned impressive bit of RoboCop cosplay in the video above, made up pretty much entirely out of cardboard.
That epic bit of sci-fi cosplay was the creation of comicbookgirl19 — aka Lindsay Ames — and it went on to win Best in Show at Dragon*Con. It turns out that cardboard isn’t as rare in cosplay circles as I thought, but that doesn’t make her costume any less impressive. If you’re having trouble believing that the outfit is made of a common packing material, Lindsay also burned through a ton of ink cartridges so she could add printed decals to give it that convincing RoboCop look. Murphy…it’s you!
Props must also go to Ames for trundling around both Dragon*Con and San Diego Comic-Con 2013 carrying a sign that takes a jab at the upcoming RoboCop remake that hits theaters this February. If that isn’t serving the public trust, I don’t know what is.
As if all that wasn’t awesome enough, Ames and company took things to the next level by recreating one of the original RoboCop’s most memorable scenes: the cyborg law enforcement’s decisive handling of a hostage situation involving a would-be rapist and his victim. (Complete with a another half-man/half-machine/all-cop middle finger delivered to the remake.) There’s a bit of language and some crotch-involved violence, so the video isn’t entirely safe for work.
The new RoboCop opens — for good or ill — on February 7, 2014.