Happy independence day. Nothing like some animu, cosplay, and gratuitous spending to celebrate our beloved nation. We didn’t quite stick around long enough today to see some LA fireworks (we have in the past) but we had some good fun in the Entertainment Hall just perusing in cosplay the whole time.
I could write an entire love story behind this one picture, made even easier by the fact that my comrade’s morph suit shirt is like half on, but I’ll refrain for now.
It’s a good thing that the carabiners are essentially fixed in place by the width of the belt, but this also makes easy removal of the rear skirts nearly impossible, so he can’t actually sit down whenever he wants.
Legs and feet on. A happy accident that we found out during our first day of suit-up was the addition of the trash bags we used to carry the armor around in as an integral part of the suit. My comrade was complaining about how part of the armor within the left lower leg was basically digging a hole into his shin, so we shoved one of the trash bags in there as a bit of a cushion, which apparently helped a lot.
Because of how massive the black bags were, we were forced to wrap what was left sticking out around his feet and ankles, essentially hiding them and tucking them into the wooden shoe blocks. This ended up hiding his shoes entirely and made his ankles look like actual Gundam-ish joints, which wasn’t intended at all but ended up working extremely well.
Some Exhibit Hall fun as we made our way around.
I was basically his handler and guide during our trip to Toyarea, where the gentleman in charge is ridiculously chill with us and always cuts us some awesome deals every year. This time we had our eyes on some pretty big game; I had mentioned during Day 2 that my comrade was basically set on a Unicorn and I was torn between either that or a PG Strike.
Some more incredible cosplayers.
Sieg Zeon! I can’t believe these guys actually did this, it’s awesome. Wish we had a chance to unleash our Nu and show ’em who’s boss.
Moved down to the Entertainment Hall after we had checked our loot at the Bag Check.
Hit the cosplay repair station for some minor servicing. Nothing as extensive as the work we had to put in last year (we basically spent half the Expo here last year because the Unicorn armor was anything but sturdy and durable).
Entertainment Hall cosplay was awesome, especially with the prop sets, but there was one that kind of topped it all…
Major props for such an awesome armor. It’s so damn clean, it makes me sad. Apparently it’s mostly EVA foam; we saw a bit of the inside of his skirts and it looked like he was wearing a morphsuit as well with some sort of ziptie connection or some-such. This guy was actually the Strike Gundam we saw last year.
A bit more of the exhibits in the Entertainment Hall. Mostly the Nendoroid display, but Good Smile actually had a really neat wall that outlined their figure-making process.
Our haul by the end of the day. My camera-buddy and other friend got some stuff yesterday that wasn’t shown, but most of the stuff here is all from Toyarea, so big shoutout to those guys for helping us out and cutting us some sweet deals. I’ve personally been looking to build up my Robot Tamashii Knightmare collection myself, and finally found a justifiable price on the lead mech, Lancelot. The other Yamato figurine is from my cameraman, and the two Perfect Grades kinda speak for themselves. Kinda ironic that my comrade got a more advanced PG than I did, but I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Strike.
We’ll still be back for Day 4, but this will be our last time in costume; only two days out of four this year, which is a little below our average, but it’s been fun so far. Got most of our loot lined up, just gonna hit the Exhibit Hall one more time tomorrow to see if we can’t catch some last-minute deals, possibly hit some last panels if there are any interesting enough.
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