Cosplayer Neverending Dreamz has been making costumes since 2009. He told Nerdist he's always been an artist and wanted to see his art come to life. Cosplay happens to be the perfect way to achieve that goal. He recently knocked it out of the park with a Lúcio costume from Overwatch that he debuted at MomoCon in late May. The cosplay features a replica of the character's Sonic Amplifier, complete with sound and light effects. [Insert impressed emoji here.]
Photo by Calibur Photography
Neverending Dreamz invested about 340 hours in the build. Aside from the prop gun—which we'll talk about more in a moment—the boots were the most challenging aspect of the costume. Conventions don't usually allow skates, so he went another way. "I took the alternative route and built the boots off of miniature two to three inch stilts. I ran the leds around the stilts to give it a floating effect," he said.
Photo by Bamisaur's Designs
Now for the incredible Sonic Amplifier! Neverending Dreamz put an eight inch subwoofer in the front of the gun and two four inch speakers on the side. The wires used to connect everything for the sound and LEDs run through the gun, in the tube, up Dreamz's arm, and into an amp in his backpack. He explained, "The amp is Bluetooth which is synced to my phone, and my phone's running a YouTube playlist of Overwatch music. With a switch on my gun, I can turn the music on or off, and with my phone I can cycle through the songs. I actually had a electrician teach and assist me with the speaker wiring, but I was already well experienced with LEDs."
See and hear the amplifier in action:
Carrying the gun around is a workout, though, because it weighs around 40 to 50 pounds. Whew.
Take a visit to the gallery below to see a couple more photos of the finished costume and some work in progress shots. Keep up with Neverending Dreamz's latest projects by following him on Facebook.
Do you cosplay or take photographs of cosplayers? Then I want to see your work so we can talk about highlighting your creations in a future Cosplay Friday gallery. If you're a photographer, maybe we could focus on your images from a single convention. If you're interested, please get in touch with me at [email protected] and send photos you'd like me to feature—the more high-res the photos, the better. Be sure to provide credits for the cosplayers or photographers for each image because giving credit is good manners—bonus points if you include links to relevant Facebook pages or websites. Though I wish I knew all the nerdy franchises, I don't, so please let me know who or what is being cosplayed.
Featured Image: Calibur Photography