Favorite Gijinka of MegaCon 2011 – Throh

At last, the moment you all have been waiting for, my favorite gijinka at MegaCon (that I was able to see):

Throh (Nageki Jp.).  This guy, whoever he is, had some serious guts to not only dress up as a pokemon, but he also picked one with a generally unpopular character design among fans.  Throh is from Black and White so he’s not too popular except to those really into the series (yes, “me”, I know).  But this cosplayer brought a lot to the table.

Hit the bump to hear my comments.

Alright.  No question this was the gijinka I enjoyed seeing most at MegaCon.  I’m totally into Pokemon Black and White right now.  It’s an uncharted territory for a lot of gijinka.  I’m glad (and maybe a little jealous) to see somebody breaking ground with this Pokemon generation.  But I’m ready to give it the same treatment I’ve been giving other costumes lately, so let’s dive in to try and understand how it was made!

Whatever this guy used for his face, body, and arm paint was fantastic.  I’m guessing latex paint because it has an incredible shine.  He chose a great dark red color.  The color is noticeably darker than the Throh characters texture but I think it’s actually an improvement.  The vibrancy of the color almost punches you when he first walks near you.  The black facepaint is applied very skillfully too.  He even captured all the dark lines on Throh’s face and head.  I’m not too big of a fan of bald caps and this one throws off the color scheme slightly.  If you’re very hardcore (like me) about capturing a smooth head effect, shaving is the way to go.

I am always thrilled when costumers get something ordinary and use it to make their costume more effective.  In this case, a typical karate gi was used to make Throh’s gi.  Makes sense.  To capture the black striping, it looks like the lapels were either painted or fabric was sewn on.  He used a black belt too.  There is excellent black striping on the arms which looks like it was done either with a Sharpie or with paint.   I did notice after looking at the photos later that there is some red smudging on the gi.  The paint on his body must have been very hard to seal.

If there was one really big thing I would gripe about, it’s the hands.  The poor guy has them rolled up in red tape or red fabric.  I imagine that must have been painful.  They still work and capture the design of the pokemon.  Someone going to the extreme could use a foam mold (only one is needed because Throh’s fingers all look identical), place it around the fingers and then use spirit gum and makeup to blend them in.

I don’t think there’s anything to gripe about here.  The fabric pieces sewn on the knees look great.  I’m not going to bully on the slip-on shoes he’s wearing.  The red color and the two black lines are actually an attention to detail that got me so excited about this costume in the first place.  This cosplayer went the extra mile to capture as many features of Throh as he could.  He receives the official Pokemon Gijinka Nation seal of approval!


6 Responses

  1. I was wondering who he was! Did you catch the cosplay contest? It filled up and I didn’t get in unfortunately.

  2. Yeah, now if he only knew how to tie a belt…

  3. Well, among all those pictures, I didn’t understand at first why you chose this one to write. But now I see the reason. He really did an amazing job. He captures all the details of the character.

  4. great throh.. but IMOH, he should be cosing the blue one.. because of his given size, the blue one is definitely suitable for him.. well, throh is suitable for plump cosplayers (no offence to anyone, just my opinion..)

  5. I hardly comment, but i did a few searching and wound up here Favorite Gijinka of MegaCon
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