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Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007, 12:32 am
The Costume


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Optimus Prime Voice Changer Helmet: $30 @ Wal*Mart

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Transformers Symbol-Flipping Belt Buckle: $13 @ Gary's Comics and More

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Pilot's Jumpsuit: $60 @ The Illusive Skull Halloween Specialty Store

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Various Goth Accessories: $50 @ Hot Topic

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Shload of Safety Pins: $2.20 @ Wal*Mart (after scoaring the planet to freakin' find them)

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Cloak and Chainmail: loaned to me by a friend

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Anime swag I already had: Uh...I forget....

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Saving the world, even though the world is pain: PRICLESS!


Yes, I actually pulled it off. Inspired by the webcomic "Real Life," I give you what has become known as "GOTHTIMUS PRIME!"

I wasn't sure I'd be able to pull it off as I found the Goth robe I initially planned to use was way out of my price range. Ironically, if you add up the above totals though, it adds up to a bit more than the price of the robe. I justify this in two ways:
1) I was able to buy all that a bit at a time, and not one large sum right away.
2) I can still use all this stuff! With the robe, I probably would have worn the costume a couple times and then it would have ended up in my closet, probably never to be seen again, wheras I can totaly use all the above for all kinds of crazy things.

More pic showing more details of the costume:

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I love this armband. I wear it when not wearing the rest of the gear.

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JC found this one for me, and it is way too much fun.

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Goth bling

Sadly, months ago, the chain on my Trigun Cross broke, so I can no longer wear it as a neackleace.
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However, through the magic of safety pins, its legacy lives on. (I may even leave it there.)

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It's supposed to say "GC-01" in reference to the Japanese TF's numbering system ("Goth Cybertron 01"). Not sure it came out legiable, but it looks cool.

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"I really should have approvals over these things."

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Strike a pose.

That's all the pics I have so far, but I'll probably where the get up a couple more times before retiring it. Any requests, let me know.

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
zeke_xa3

Did you actually go out in this thing?

And if so what happened?

(Been sent here by RFL :-) )

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
nate_z

Yes. Yes I did.

Reactions were varied. So laughed and cheered. Others avoided looking at me. One woman locked her car door as I was walking by.

They hated to love me at my comic store, and I was a hit with the employees at Hot Topic.

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Kudos!

Congratulations for not only making a kick-ass Gothtimus Prime outfit, but also making it into a Real Life filler comic! Tis a rare honour indeed!

Now brace your livejournal for a flood of hits :)

- MiJiT
www.mijit.co.nz

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): hmmm

Now you need to make a Megatron equivalent, maybe an EMO-tron.

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: hmmm

I think you mean MegEMOtron
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Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
naa

You rock! And you even made it as a filler comic or Real Life.

And I do hope you go out and get tons of candy in that costume!

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
nate_z

Sadly, I'll be working Halloween night and unable to paretake in Trick-or-Treating.

However, I'm totally wearing this bad boy to work. It'll be awesome.

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
goody_scrivener

Another Real Lifer.... AWESOME costume!!

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): woah :D

Awesome !
and u made it into a rlc fillercomic :D

U should go harass some people in that outfit xD and make pictures hahaha

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
pentacus

Dude that's awesome!

Cool model collection.

Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
nate_z

Actually, they're just garden varity toys, but thank you all the same. I am quite proud of my collection.

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
maxthedork

I'll be thinking of you at the VG Expo this weekend. I'm going as Wario. I'm pretty sure no one there will have a costume half as awesome as yours. To quote Strongbad: "On a scale of one to awesome, [you're] super great!"

Oh also I came here from Real Life. Kudos!

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
kindredneonate: Awesome!!!!!

Saw your pic in the Real life filler comic, so I had to check out your LJ. Very cool! I wish I lived closer to you, just so I could see it in person! You should come to Anime Central in Chicago next May and wear it!!!!

Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
nate_z: Re: Awesome!!!!!

Wow, I've already gotten two Con requests for this ting. If I ever make it to one, I'll be sure to bring the gear and let Greg know.

Thank you.
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Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
nate_z

Happy birthday, d00de.

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)

You, sir, are made of win and awesome. Huzzah.

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
supamunky

Just saw this on Real Life and it's pretty cool.

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
seiberwing

Uh, hi. Friend linked me over here.

You freakin' rock.

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Great Job!

You're even more popular than sad pandas! Great job on the costume =)

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
tricky_disco

THAT IS SO COOL!

I was going to dress up as Optimus Prime, but I couldn't find a voice changer helmet for anything under $100 :(

And if you haven't already, you need to post these on TFW 2005 right now! :D

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
gunlord

wow

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
tisana

RL sent me here...

I like the costume--nice work--but the quilt you're using as a backdrop freaking rocks.

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): very nice

wow, i wish my costume rocked half as much.

Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
yurasama_love

I'm yet another Real Life reader and honestly...
I love you.
Fantastic. I'm really jealous.

Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
nate_z

Aww, shucks. I'm fond of you too. :)

Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
mcsherrie

Will sent me here and I have to say I am very impressed. You are now a personal hero. :)

Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
pattmyn

Another nod from Real Life here, major props! Wicked Costume!

Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
stone_

Bravo.

Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
takamo

Tee hehehe..

Nice costume. XD Woot!

Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
ionicaq

I like it! ;)

Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
grumpydragon

Seriously I was more interested the shelves filled with toys than the actual costume. :)

Wed, Oct. 31st, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
nate_z

If anything goes missing, yours will be the first place I look. ;)

Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
sorakirei

That is fantastic! Great idea! /laugh

Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
pmastamonkmonk

EPIC WIN. Sir, I salute you!

Tue, Oct. 30th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
ladyrhiannon873: Too Awesome.

That is one of the coolest costumes that I have seen so far.Good work.