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October 23, 2010 11:29 AM   Subscribe

Cosplaygate brings you the finest in inexplicable costumes narrowly evading trademark issues, as well as Japanese-style fetish and cosplay wear (mostly SFW, actually). A banner promises "100% Off-World Shipping," while a live-chat bar reads "Need help? Jelly is online to help you."

In case you were wondering -- they work with many factories, so there is no middleman; and no, Cosplaygate is not shorthand for the saga of your congressman being discovered in a Sailor Moon outfit at the local con.
posted by gusandrews (53 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
So they cater exclusively to those who've emigrated to the off-world colonies?
posted by spasm at 11:34 AM on October 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


if i saw this coming down the street I'd take it as a sign that law and god no longer apply and just start breaking shit
posted by The Whelk at 11:34 AM on October 23, 2010 [30 favorites]


I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Kinky Birds on fire off the shoulder of Skirt Blame Bear. I watched Pink Banny glitter in the dark near the Zentai Gate. All those mascots will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to cosplay.
posted by griphus at 11:36 AM on October 23, 2010 [40 favorites]


Those Teletubbie costumes... they haunt me.
posted by Decani at 11:37 AM on October 23, 2010


concering the deals on the suits, I know have a burning desire to go as fat alcoholic Superman this year.
posted by The Whelk at 11:38 AM on October 23, 2010


wow those typos are impressive.
posted by The Whelk at 11:38 AM on October 23, 2010


6.Use special combs which could only be used in wig or the static-prevented combs instead of plastic ones or free base.

Ok, if I can't find the special plastic combs then I'll start taking cocaine intravenously. So noted.
posted by 1adam12 at 11:40 AM on October 23, 2010 [8 favorites]


"Skirt blame Bear" sounds like something from an awesome video game's walkthrough.

"Skirt blame bear! Evade the ursine finger-pointer! Elude the bruin's attempt to guilt you!"
posted by Sticherbeast at 11:40 AM on October 23, 2010 [9 favorites]


Do they sell a full-sized Pedobear costume?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:43 AM on October 23, 2010


Oh and if anyone happens to find a 90s Superboy costume in there that isn't shiny, give me a heads up.

I swear, it's not like I've been looking for it everywhere for weeks and could only find shiny ones.
posted by griphus at 11:44 AM on October 23, 2010


"Skirt blame Bear" sounds like something from an awesome video game's walkthrough.

Really? To me "Skirt Blame Bear" sounds like a mascot from the worst slut-shaming PSA program ever. Like "Skirt Blame Bear says 'Hem below the knees, or you're a rotten tease.'" I am unhappy even imagining it.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:53 AM on October 23, 2010 [25 favorites]


There's no way I'm paying an extra $4 for a crotch zipper on a zentai suit. And another $4 for an open mouth?! What a ripoff.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 12:08 PM on October 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I like the demented expressions of Alvin and, oops, squirrel family!
posted by Calzephyr at 12:11 PM on October 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Avatar cosplay for dogs
posted by Artw at 12:14 PM on October 23, 2010


Zentai, man . . . zentai should not be. Not that I'd ever attempt to base policy on this, but the zentai suit gets me right in the uncanny valley. That said, if they had had those zentai mermaid suits when I was little, I would have begged for one on bended knee, so that I could cut off the headpiece, put the mermaid suit part on, and basically live in it for the entirety of grade school like a small, insufferable otherkin.
posted by Countess Elena at 12:20 PM on October 23, 2010 [6 favorites]


"if i saw this coming down the street I'd take it as a sign that law and god no longer apply and just start breaking shit"

I thought you were referring to the Panda costume
posted by seawallrunner at 12:30 PM on October 23, 2010


Now I kind of want a Sexual Harassment Panda suit. If only I didn't already have a Halloween costume...
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:34 PM on October 23, 2010


Inappropate Panda.
posted by The Whelk at 12:43 PM on October 23, 2010


Naw, these aren't attempts to evade trademark, just plain old errors (and probably ignorance as to the actual names) which is why they get Micky and Minnie right.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 12:45 PM on October 23, 2010


Textile Blue?
posted by mccarty.tim at 12:45 PM on October 23, 2010


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
posted by The Whelk at 12:57 PM on October 23, 2010 [7 favorites]


Artw : Avatar cosplay for dogs

Wow... Not easy to make me feel "uncomfortable", but that video managed to do so.

Disturbing on so many levels...
posted by pla at 1:04 PM on October 23, 2010


What's worse is, if Panda propositions you and you say no, he goes nuts and breaks your stuff.
posted by JHarris at 1:20 PM on October 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


It's interesting that 'spiderman costumes' is a separate category from 'superhero costumes'
posted by device55 at 1:24 PM on October 23, 2010


well not a congressman yet, but it would appear that a congressional candidate has been caught up inCosplaygate.
posted by humanfont at 1:26 PM on October 23, 2010


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Jesus H., it's like they remade The Incredibles in the image of Frank Sidebottom.
posted by mykescipark at 1:33 PM on October 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Avatar cosplay for dogs

Nightmare fuel flashback!

posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:38 PM on October 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Their version of Batman may haunt my dreams tonight, but not nearly as badly as that Boba Fett trying to bust out.
posted by Diagonalize at 1:51 PM on October 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I know what I'm dressing in at the next mefi meetup.
posted by TwelveTwo at 2:40 PM on October 23, 2010


It's interesting that 'spiderman costumes' is a separate category from 'superhero costumes'

Clearly, the company is run by G. Gonah Gameson, a cranky, cigarello-chomping magazine publisher with an enormous papier-mâché head and a weirdly droopy jacket.
posted by No-sword at 3:00 PM on October 23, 2010 [6 favorites]


Zentai, man . . . zentai should not be.

Foolishly, I double-checked to be sure that was what I thought it was. I didn't start visibly shuddering until I saw the Avatar one. Ye gods.
posted by Copronymus at 3:20 PM on October 23, 2010


Note:please close your skin to measure.
posted by The Lady is a designer at 3:25 PM on October 23, 2010


Chocolate Pickle: "Do they sell a full-sized Pedobear costume"

Strangely, no. And that was the first thing I searched for.
posted by Splunge at 3:38 PM on October 23, 2010


Foolishly, I double-checked to be sure that was what I thought it was. I didn't start visibly shuddering until I saw the Avatar one. Ye gods.

Aaaaie! Nightgaunt!

/rolls for san loss.
posted by Artw at 3:38 PM on October 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wow... Not easy to make me feel "uncomfortable", but that video managed to do so.

Is that because everyone just takes it as a given she fucks the dog?
posted by fullerine at 3:53 PM on October 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


What's worse is, if Panda propositions you and you say no, he goes nuts and breaks your stuff.

Exactly. Thankfully, he usually propositions Egyptians. With cheese.
posted by Naberius at 4:14 PM on October 23, 2010


I somehow read this as fetish COSBY wear, and had a really gruesome vision of a rule 34 thing involving Huxtable sweaters. Yow.
posted by dirtdirt at 4:50 PM on October 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


Wonder Twin Powers ACTIVATE!!
posted by jazon at 4:53 PM on October 23, 2010


What depression?
posted by kozad at 5:00 PM on October 23, 2010


Coming soon to mwrica, full unemployment benifits and lifelong social networks, but if you take part in them you have to wear zentai suits in public so we can indentify and shun you.

It is the only obvious future.
posted by The Whelk at 5:14 PM on October 23, 2010


It's fun to find people weirder than I am so I can point and laugh.
posted by MrMoonPie at 6:41 PM on October 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


Chocolate Pickle et al, that's what I thought of first too. There's one that's awfully close. Thing is, I bet you anything if we gave them a design for a pedobear costume, they'd make it. And can you imagine what 4chan would do then?
posted by gusandrews at 7:43 PM on October 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Zentai suit?

*does research*

Oh. OK, umm...well, at least I now know where the superheroes get their outfits from.
posted by happyroach at 9:10 PM on October 23, 2010


This could be a boon for lower budget visual effects work. I actually think the green zentai suits could work well for greenscreen work, where you are trying to make an actor totally disappear. The suits that are designed and sold specifically as official chromakey suits are way more expensive.
posted by MythMaker at 9:51 PM on October 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


This could be a boon for lower budget visual effects work. I actually think the green zentai suits could work well for greenscreen work, where you are trying to make an actor totally disappear. The suits that are designed and sold specifically as official chromakey suits are way more expensive.

Well that too I suppose, but you could just go as Green Man from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
posted by kkokkodalk at 11:06 PM on October 23, 2010


Pepsi blue???
posted by Mizu at 11:33 PM on October 23, 2010


HOOOOLY CRAP actual Pepsiman costume.
posted by DoctorFedora at 2:47 AM on October 24, 2010


OK, Uncle Sam and Minnie totally sounds like the pitch for a really terrible anticorporate political cartoon.

Also..."mostly SFW"? The hell kind of warning is that?
posted by kittyprecious at 8:13 AM on October 24, 2010


Chocolate Pickle: "Do they sell a full-sized Pedobear costume"

Do they sell them in kids' sizes?
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 9:43 AM on October 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


MythMaker, totally agreed. One of these days chromakey gear is just going to even out to market rates. While producing an episode of my show, we found forums which tested off-the-shelf housepaint to see which colors would work for chromakey, and found quite a few that would. Chromakey green is just a color; there's no reason why anyone has to pay an arm and a leg for it.
posted by gusandrews at 4:07 PM on October 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


Um, not that I necessarily wanna share, but I suppose I should let you know that DoItStyle is rad, if you want that kind of stuff.
posted by sadiehawkinstein at 6:11 AM on October 25, 2010


Isn't the point of knockoffs that they are cheaper?
posted by mrgrimm at 9:04 AM on October 25, 2010


sadiehawkinstein: "Um, not that I necessarily wanna share, but I suppose I should let you know that DoItStyle is rad, if you want that kind of stuff."

What is that place? It has wedding dresses next to zentai? Is that like...a thing? Am I missing something?
posted by This Guy at 9:26 AM on October 25, 2010


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