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Cosplay questions

badreflexesbadreflexes Registered User new member
I'm new to attending events and I am interested in cosplaying. I'd like to cosplay a random Mother Base soldier and I was wondering about replica guns. I read the rules covering weapons and how if guns look real they aren't allowed. So I guess my question would be does anyone know where to find toy guns that would work or is there something I can do to show that they are in fact replica weapons. I'd prefer to not buy toy guns because I would prefer to go all out for my first cosplay.

Also if anyone has any cool cosplay stories or other things I should be aware of please share! The more information I get the better!

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  • SparkLowSparkLow Registered User new member
    Amazon have lots of toy guns. I have found a few really good ones in costume shops as well.

    I found this new post that discusses Phen375.
  • shugaraeshugarae Registered User regular
    Another option is to make your own replica guns from EVA foam. Having done so myself, it's very gratifying, but also a lot of work. Cosplayers, such as Kamui and Punished Props, have tutorials and books to help you get started.

    Happy crafting!

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  • Joe.EXEJoe.EXE Registered User regular
    The biggest thing I would be able to recommend as someone who's worked other conventions in the past, put a brightly colored tip on the end of the muzzle (like what you see on most toy guns with the orange tip) and make sure there's no trigger. I'm not the reigning authority on what props are approved and which ones aren't at PAX events, but if they have a peace-bonding station at PAX they should be able to tell you if your prop is approved or not.

    On the subject of past cosplay related stories, I have some really cool ones and some really crazy ones.

    Let's start with the crazy one first. Working on staff for conventions you get to hear, more or less, all the going on's at conventions. Apparently, a few years ago someone brought an actual gun, one that is capable of firing live ammo from it, to a peace bonding station. They tried to justify it being able to be peace-bonded because "Well, it doesn't have it's firing pin in it, so that should be fine right?" Needless to say that person got their badge pulled for security reasons.

    One of the coolest cosplay props that I've seen at a convention so far would have to be a tie between a DJ Sona cosplayer and a Gajeel Redfox cosplayer. The DJ Sona cosplayer had made the skins turntable board and put actual lighting that transitioned through all of the colors. The thing looked stupid heavy but that's probably in part because the thing had speakers in it that played music. The Gajeel Redfox cosplayer also blew me away because he was built perfectly for the cosplay. He also took some metallic dark gray colored fake pearls, split them in half and actually glued them to his face! It was awesome to see.

    I love every cosplay I see, though, because of all the effort and passion and pride I see that is put into their work.

  • BekerBeker Child's Play Guy and PAX VR Freeplay Manager SeattleRegistered User, Penny Arcade Staff regular
    You might look into http://www.blueguns.com/

    Our weapons check policies are pretty simple, and we will have weapon check stations where you can get it checked and tagged as safe.
    http://west.paxsite.com/safety-and-security#weapons-check-policies

    -Beker/Erick
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  • AvaAva Registered User new member
    beker i am interested in visiting one of your station, can you please guide me with the process

  • LedaBunnyLedaBunny Registered User new member
    Amazon have lots of toy guns. I have found a few really good ones in costume shops as well.

  • macrogeekmacrogeek Registered User regular
    Ava wrote: »
    beker i am interested in visiting one of your station, can you please guide me with the process
    Main lobby will have a weapons check booth. It's usually but not always part of the Info booth. Look for a weapons check sign when you arrive.

  • BekerBeker Child's Play Guy and PAX VR Freeplay Manager SeattleRegistered User, Penny Arcade Staff regular
    Weapons check is part of Info Booth now. During the morning rush we may have some roving enforcers as well doing it, but if you don't get checked by the time you get in the door, head to Info.

    -Beker/Erick
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