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2015 Cosplay Shortlist

In my recent Goals & Resolutions post I mentioned that this year I would try to tackle TWO new cosplays, even though I only really started cosplaying last year. Both will involve some prop making, which will be totally brand new to me and both will also involve wigs, another totally new thing for this super-noob. I also decided to go with one video game themed and one general geekery themed cosplay this year as I am also hoping to up my convention game in 2015 and wanted a bit of flexibility with what costumes I can wear depending on where I am going.

I’ve managed to narrow my choices down, so I figured I would share them with all of you so you can have fun following along and also so I can mine the hivemind for any types or vendor recommendations as I continue on my cosplay journey.

Cosplay 1: Lucca (Chrono Trigger)

Lucca | 2015 Cosplay Shortlist | I first learned about this genius inventor VG heroine when she was nominated as on of the Top Women Video Game Characters of All Time for the panel of the same name at PAX Prime. I’d been aware of Chrono Trigger because it’s one of Rick’s favourite games of all time, but I never realized that there were so many amazing, innovative and interesting female characters in the game until I started playing it myself.

This’ll be my first time sewing for a cosplay, since my chances of finding an orange tunic pre-made are pretty slim, but I think I’ve chosen a simple costume to replicate. The most complicated part of her costume by far will be her helmet, which I should probably start construction on NOW if I have any hope of actually completing it before my August deadline.

Cosplay 2: Marceline (Adventure Time)

Marceline | 2015 Cosplay Shortlist | This is one that had been on my cosplay bucket list and I had toyed with the idea of adding it as a second cosplay last year, but alas time and money conspired against me yet again. Since I am so new to cosplaying and don’t have much in the way of native sewing skills, I’m more comfortable choosing characters and costumes that I can assemble from off the shelf pieces, which this version of Marceline definitely is.

The biggest expense will definitely be the wig, so vendor suggestions are deeply appreciated. Also, I’ve found a pretty good tutorial for making Marceline’s base guitar that I’m very eager to get started on. I’m still considering whether to go the full nine yards and paint my skin grey, but I’ve got some time to mull that over. Now to dig up those plastic fang tips I got in college…


We’ll see whether I manage to do both costumes I’ve planned, but I made sure to have one fairly simple and one more complicated costume just in case I need to refocus my energies. Other concepts I’m playing with in case I feel swamped are a human BMO, a punk rock Wonder Woman and a hipster Snow White. We’ll see what happens…

What are your 2015 cosplay plans?

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    January 15, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I normally check Arda Wigs or Epic Cosplay Wigs. I know some people have had luck with Ebay though! Just gotta give yourself time if the wig is coming from China.

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      January 16, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Ooh! Thanks for the recommendations! I’m a little leery of Ebay because of the variation in quality, but I’ve heard good things about Epic before, so I’ll probably have to give them a try.

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    Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili
    January 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I love Marceline! Can’t wait to see your cosplay of her. 🙂

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      January 16, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Thanks! I’m still catching up on the show, but I’ve always been a sucker for a bass playing babe.

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    January 15, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Yes, Lucca!!! Chrono Trigger is amazing. 😀 Can’t wait to see the cosplay!!

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      January 16, 2015 at 10:27 am

      Yes she is! I just hope I can do her justice.

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    January 15, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I love your cosplay plans! I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

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      January 16, 2015 at 10:27 am

      Thanks! I’m worried I’m being a little too ambitious, but Lucca really spoke to me and I’d really like to do a retro character. In other news, I am old.

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    January 16, 2015 at 5:02 am

    I got my Daenerys wig for about $10 on eBay and the quality wasn’t too bad, in fact one guy said it looked almost as good as real hair! Dolluxe is another site people have reccomended to me so check them out. I can’t wait to see your cosplays, good luck xoxo

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      January 16, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Cool. Thanks for the recommendations! I’ll probably cheap out on the Lucca wig since it’ll probably be under a helmet most of the time, but I really want a good quality wig for Marceline.

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    January 16, 2015 at 6:57 am

    I love seeing your adventures in cosplay I say definitely paint the skin grey too to seal the deal 🙂

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      January 16, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Alright! Now to find body makeup that won’t give me hives… ;p

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    Jane Y.
    January 16, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    hipster snow white sounds amazing 😉

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      January 16, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      I already got the vanity frames! Just need a sign that says “I only eat organic apples.”

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    January 16, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    You could look into buying an xxxl orange tee shirt and cutting off the sleeves. It would look very tunic-ish!

    I just started on my cosplay for the year, I’ve been wanting to do an epicly good Ursula for a whwile now and I’d really like to have that done for ECCC in March. I’m also working on a couples costume for the Mister and I to be quidditch players!

    Lost of stuff to do for them both! Eeps!

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      January 19, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Bahahaha! Quidditch. We just found out Rick’s little cousin’s new boyfriend plays quidditch. Like, actual, competitive quidditch. Good thing he’s got a thick skin.

      I can’t wait to see you Ursula cosplay, I have a feeling it will be super epic!

      And thanks for the tunic tip. I think I’m still gonna try to sew something since I’m determined to level up my cosplay game. One wonky stitch at a time.

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    Mia Moore (@xoMiaMoore)
    January 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

    My stand-by for wigs is Arda, but I find their longer wigs to be a little tangly. I’ve heard from other cosplayers that Epic Cosplay’s wigs are much less tangly, so that might be better for Marceline’s super-long hair!

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      January 19, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks! That is super-helpful.

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    Damaris / The cat, you and us
    January 21, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Hope you will be able to share your advances sewing costumes, making gadgets and/or finding things. I wonder if it’s easy to find such a long wig for Marceline? That’s a great project, excited to be following Mariko! 🙂

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    Joie Fatale
    January 21, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Epic Cosplay and Arda are solid! I’ve heard good things about gothic lolita wigs as well, and they seem to specialize in longer styles.

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    January 26, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Nice choices! I can vouch for Arda, Epic and Gothic Lolita. I’ve gotten wigs from each of them, but the fibers Epic Cosplay Wigs are the softest and most comfortable to wear for me.

    I recently constructed a crazy helmet for my Dark Moon Knightess armor set and I’d be happy to share my template and build with you if you’re interested. 😀 Can’t wait to see all of these come to fruition this year!

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    January 27, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Great picks! Arda is great, but I have their longest wig (the Delilah) and it is a monster tangle machine. Epic Cosplay is a good pick for longer wigs, since they don’t tend to tangle as much. I’d also sacrifice a bit of accuracy here and go for something waist length. Otherwise you’ll get caught on anyone who gets too close to you! Can’t wait to see how these turn out!

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    January 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Well I am most definitely excited to see your cosplays!!! ^^

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