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20 of the best outfits seen at this year’s New York Comic Con

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Check out these 20 cosplayers at New York Comic Con 2015:

1. Hulkbuster!

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2. Goku and Master Roshi

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3. Kapow-i GoGo

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4. The Witcher’s Geralt and Ciri

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5. Conan!

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6. Ginyu Force girl

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7. Headhunter Caitlyn and Sejuani

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8. I-No from Guilty Gear

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9. Mortal Kombat’s Jade

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10. Black Cat

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11. Ratchet and Clank!

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12. Super Mario

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13. Borderlands’ Mad Moxxi

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14. Spider-Man?

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15. Boba Fett

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16. The hero of Hyrule!

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17. Edward Scissorhands

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19. Marty McFly

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20. Darth M!

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Custom leather armors inspired by iconic characters make for some unique cosplay

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Cosplay that looks exactly like the source material is so yesterday’s news. Nowadays plenty of people take a character and use their basic look and color scheme to design a whole new costume never seen before.

People who are looking to go a little medieval with their costumes and aren’t leatherworking experts should probably look to Prince Armory, who design and create uniquely amazing sets of leather armor. Their finished pieces look so gorgeous you’ll probably want to refer to them as art. Art that could probably stop a knife, that is.

Prince Armory has been creating custom hand crafted armor, costumes and leather products since 2007. What began as a business that was almost exclusively custom one-off items has blossomed into full sets of leather armor commissioned by their patrons.

While much of their work is inspired by fantasy and medieval settings, a few of their pieces have dipped into modern-day geekery.

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Asgardian Iron Man Helmet

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Besides Iron Man, their customers have commissioned medieval inspired costumes based on characters such as Darth Vader, Marvel’s Loki, DC’s Batman and the Joker and even the Warrior of Light from Final Fantasy.

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Medieval Joker Leather Armor by Prince Armory

Functional hardened leather full body armor including:

Jester’s Helmet with Joker Mask, Breastplate, Drama Face Pauldrons, Breastplate, Jester’s War Skirt, Cuisses/Knees/Greaves, Articulated Jester Shoe Sabatons

Updated Medieval Loki Helmet (horns carved and painted gold)

Leather Helmet with water buffalo horns

Warrior of Light Helmet

Part of a custom armor order based off a final fantasy character. Made from leather, horse hair and horn

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Prince Armory’s impressive work has also been used in a Samsung TV commercial. Take a close look at the rider at the beginning on the white horse.

To see more of their outstanding work, be sure to take a look at their websiteFacebook or DeviantArt page to see all the amazing pieces they’ve crafted. What’s great about their work is that every commission is an original, and they will never do the same exact set twice.

Prince Armory’s impressive work has also been used in a Samsung TV commercial. Take a close look at the rider at the beginning on the white horse.

To see more of their outstanding work, be sure to take a look at their website,Facebook or DeviantArt page to see all the amazing pieces they’ve crafted. What’s great about their work is that every commission is an original, and they will never do the same exact set twice. If you want a suit of armor made by them, you can be assured that no one else will be riding into battle with the same fearsome leather as you will!

‘Star Wars’ x Medicom Toy (Japan) 400% & 100% Darth Vader “Chrome” Bearbricks

In celebration of this winter’s highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Medicom Toy and the Star Wars franchise have come together to reissue their Darth Vader Bearbrick — this time in a special “Chrome” edition. Now sporting a metallic sheen, the figure is otherwise the same as previous Vader Bearbrick releases, coupling the beloved villain’s iconic look with a bear-shaped form.

Available in both 400% and 100% sizes and retailing for ¥8,000 JPY (approximately $67 USD) and ¥1,500 JPY (approximately $13 USD), respectively, the “Chrome” Darth Vader Bearbricks will be available June 20 at Medicom Toy Exhibition ’15.

Sith lord or samurai lord? Darth Vader becomes decorative “gogatsu ningyo” doll for Boys’ Day in Japan

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A long, long time ago, in a country far, far away, Yoshitoku Taiko made its first doll. Founded in 1711, the company’s history goes back to a time when Japan was ruled by a shogun, and the country sealed off from the rest of the world.

More than three centuries later, Yoshitoku Taiko is still in business, but Japan is now part of the global community. That’s why the company’s latest offerings are two exquisitely crafted dolls of Darth Vader in samurai armor.

In Japan, it’s customary to celebrate May 5, known as either Boys’ Day or Children’s Day, by decorating the home with a doll dressed in a suit of armor. Known as gogatsu ningyo, or “May dolls,” the figures are supposed to represent parents’ desires that their sons grow up to be strong and wise, like the samurai warriors they’re modeled after.

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▼ Simpler displays feature just the helmet.

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Speaking of samurai, it’s been said that Japanese armor was a major inspiration for the iconic design of Star Wars’ Darth Vader. There are definitely similarities, such as the way Lord Vader’s helmet covers the back of the neck, or the face plate he wears that resembles those samurai often went into battle equipped with. So, seeing as how there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out in December, Yoshitoku Taiko decided to make an addition to their traditional line of May dolls fashioned after historical figures such as Date Masamune, Uesugi Kenshin, and Sanada Yukimura, with these Darth Vader gogatsu ningyo.

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Or, if the whole suit of armor is a bit much, you could opt for this Vader helmet set.

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There’s also Yoshitoku Taiko’s Darth Vader bushi ningyo, or warrior doll, which forgoes the volcanic backdrop.

▼ And yes, of course the katana scabbard is red.

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While the noble Jedi knights might seem like more appropriate symbols for the virtues of bushido, they don’t wear armor. So Yoshitoku Taiko’s other Star Wars creation doesn’t draw from Luke or Obi-Wan, but the Imperial Stormtroopers.

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All of these items are currently sold out, despite prices ranging from 140,400 yen (US$1,180) for the Darth Vader bushi ningyo all the way up to 356,400 yen for the full gogatsu ningyo Vader set. But hey, as any collector will tell you, high-grade Star Wars figurines don’t come cheap, and if and when Yoshitoku Taiko does restock the items on its website, you can be sure they’ll be selling out quickly once again.

The 2015 Sapporo Snow Festival

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Every February in Hokkaido brings another amazing display of artful snow and ice carvings, and RocketNews24 brings a firsthand account of the 66th annual Sapporo Snow Festival.

This year has already brought a couple of exciting stories from the festival. Whether it was soulless snow sculptures or an imposing Sith Lord, the Sapporo Snow Festival always gives you something to talk about.

The Yubari Melon Mascot! The only terrifying mascot in Japan.

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Although the city of Sapporo is very large, the sites for the festival are not that far apart. Especially the two sites that feature most of the incredible snow and ice artwork are within minutes of each other, making a lot of the festival easily accessible.

Susukino Ice World 2015, was where the ice sculpture competition pieces were shown. With plenty of amazing entries this year, it’s a wonder how the judges were able to pick just four sculptures as winners.

Overall winner of the ice sculpture contest!

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Odori Park was home to all the major installation snow works, including the international snow carving competition. Representatives from many countries were working very hard to complete their sculpture within the three days allowed.

Indonesia

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New Zealand

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Darth Vader and his imperial Storm Troopers might be out to steal the show, but there were plenty of other really incredible sculptures on display in Odori Park.

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For the smaller sculptures, a quick glance at them revealed a few pretty obvious themes.

Yokai Watch

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Frozen

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Studio Ghibli

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Parasyte

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The third site of the snow festival, the Sapporo Community Dome, had its share of snow art as well, but people came here to play in and with the snow, rather than admire it. The standout winner was definitely the Nissin sponsored “tube sliding” with lengthy lines right up until closing.

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Travel between the sites was really easy, with a shuttle bus running to the sites that was cheaper than taking the subway.

Night time provided a unique opportunity to show off for the crowd, performances graced the stages in front of the huge snow sculptures until the closing of each day.  The Star Wars stage had its own light show which repeated every 15 minutes.

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The real winner of the night was the projection mapping upon the Kasuga Grand Shrine sculpture, though.

If you haven’t gotten enough of the snow festival yet, here are a few more pictures to make you wish you were able to be there yourself. Enjoy!

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The dark side of The Force featured at the Sapporo Snow Festival with gigantic Star Wars sculpture

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Last week, we took a sneak peek at the upcoming Sapporo Snow Festival by checking out an icy rendering of an idol trio from hit anime Love Live! Freaked out as we were by their unfinished yet crazed expressions, it turns out Umi, Honoka, and Kotori aren’t the most intimidating characters showing up at this year’s event.

That title goes to the massive snow sculpture of fallen Jedi Darth Vader, who rolled into the largest city in Hokkaido with the sort of backup that’d you’d expect from the Supreme Commander of the Empire’s space fleet.

The installation is being exhibited in Sapporo’s Odori Park, and thanks to its huge size and outdoor venue, photos of the work-in-progress had been trickling in from local residents over the past few days.

Those aren’t rebel resistance fighters staging an attack on the giant-sized storm troopers, though. Seen in the pictures above is the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 11th Brigade’s 1st Snow Sculpture Squad.

▼ This shot of the scaffolding they assembled gives a good impression of just how tall the sculpture is.

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The amount of care and detail that went into the project makes us think that at least a few of the squad’s members have seen the classic science fiction films. That’s not to say this is just a case of large-scale, high-grade fan art, though. The sculpture is officially endorsed by Star Wars production company Lucasfilm, as part of the festivities surrounding the 2015 release of the seventh film in the franchise. What’s more, the design itself was carried out under the supervision of parent company and distributor Disney.

 

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Vader isn’t just a dangerous opponent in single combat, though. His lofty position in the Imperial hierarchy means he also has hordes of minions at his beck and call. As such, he’s joined in the sculpture by three storm troopers, a TIE fighter, and even the Death Star.

 

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At 15 meters (49.2 feet) tall and 22.6 meters (74.1 feet) wide, the Star Wars snow sculpture is one of the largest ever to be exhibited in the park, and required a month’s worth of effort from a team of 2,000 working with 700 truckloads of snow. Not only was it a sight to see once finished, the 500-some attendees who braved the -3-degrres Celsius (26-degree Fahrenheit) weather of the nighttime opening ceremony were graced by an appearance from Vader and the three storm troopers themselves.

The displays are lit until 10 p.m. Odori Park is open around the clock, though, meaning that visitors can see all of its sculptures, including the Star Wars one, at any time between now and 10 o’clock on February 11, assuming of course that some cocky kid doesn’t stick a light saber into it and melt it before then.

 

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Darth Vader by SQUARE-ENIX’s Variant Play Arts Kai line

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Darth Vader to be featured in large-scale Star Wars snow sculpture at 2015 Sapporo Snow Festival

 

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The annual Sapporo Snow Festival held in Japan’s northernmost prefecture has been delighting tourists and locals for over six decades. Each year, artists from around the world are invited to show off their talents constructing enormous structures out of ice and snow.

To commemorate the release of the seventh installment of the Star Wars series, The Walt Disney Company has collaborated with festival officials to design what looks to be the most epic large-scale snow sculpture yet, featuring enormous snow versions of Darth Vader, three Storm Troopers, a TIE fighter, and the Death Star.

Sapporo Snow Festival officials recently announced the collaboration, marking the first large-scale snow sculpture licensed by Lucasfilm. The design will be made a reality in time for the 66th anniversary of the festival, scheduled to take place from February 5 to February 11, 2015.

Darth Vader, lightsaber in hand, stands at the forefront of the design, beside him are three Stormtroopers, blaster rifles at the ready. In the background, a TIE fighter and the Death Star are seen in legendary detail. And just in case the iconic characters weren’t enough of a hint, the words “Star Wars” will be carved out on the lower corner.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will open in theaters December 18, 2015; we’re sure glad we have this snow sculpture of epic proportions to tide us over until then!

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Samurai Vader: a historical take on a favorite from a galaxy far, far away

 

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Ever since it hit the scene back in the ’70s, Star Wars was an early pioneer of movie merchandising. Decades later the gravy train of action figures, posters, lunch boxes, notebooks continues. Underoos, Shrinky Dinks, Jell-o molds, clothes hangers, chess sets, virtual keyboards, book ends, and um… I forgot where I was going with this.

For those of you who think it’s all been done before, we present to you something new from Bandai. Behold: Samurai Taisho Darth Vader.

Samurai Taisho Darth Vader fuses the aesthetics of feudal Japan and imperial galaxy far, far away seamlessly. While resembling a traditional suit of samurai armor, we can still see the nuances of Vader’s original suit with his chest plate and that thing on his belt that looks like a 1970s TV remote control. We can compare with this more traditional Vader figure also from Bandai.

Samurai Vader’s armor is also decorated with the emblem of the Galactic Empire which conveniently resembles a kamon or Japanese family crest.

Samurai Taisho Darth Vader is currently on display at the International Tokyo Toy Show 2014 at Big Sight along with some other Star Wars figures from Bandai. The event will be open to the public on 14 and 15 June.

Source: Bandai

 

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Samurai Vader: a historical take on a favorite from a galaxy far, far away