GI Joe 2010 Convention – Cobra's Finest
May 10, 2010

The GI Joe 2010 Convention was held May 1st and 2nd, at the Providence, RI Civic Center and Westin Hotel.  Here is one of the highlights, Cobra’s Finest.

The members of Cobra’s Finest cosplay as GI Joe characters, well the villains of GI Joe actually.  Cosplay is more than just wearing a costume.  Its a love of the genre.  A love deep enough that you are willing to spend hours, days, months, working on a costume so detailed the character springs to life.  Yes, you can buy a costume, but not these folks.  They’ve sweat and toiled over these.  And when they put them on, they take on the part of that character.  Taking on the role is the what separates cosplay from wearing a costume.

 

Cobra’s Finest members make their own costumes.  They help each other in the costume making.  Some of them could have a full time job making costumes they are so good.  Just look at the BAT.  Only someone with an intense love for the property could invest the time to make a robot which is basically just cannon fodder.  It also weighs a lot to carry it around.  During the question and answer session, they admitted that the costumes can be expensive to make.  And that a really good costume is usually the second or third attempt at doing a specific character.

 

( The BAT.  Easily, this costume was the most EXTREME! )

 

 

 

( They have room for evil scientists! )

 

 

( Everyone wants to be with the BAT. )

Starting with just a handful, Cobra’s Finest is now over a hundred members with branches in several regions of the United States (locations are confidential).  They were thrilled and humbled that the organizers of the convention asked them to do a panel.

 

 

 

Cobra’s Finest is looking for new members and they will help new folks learn how to make costumes.  They will even begrudgingly help people make GI Joe costumes.

 

( Scarlet and Snake Eyes infiltrate the panel. )

 

 

( The Crimson Guard rushes in! )

 

 

Just remember Zartan, Cobra Commander reigns supreme.  That is, until Serpantor arrives!

Cobra’s Finest on My Space 

  

 

Erik "Superfriend" Skov
"Gathered together from the four corners of the universe." Oh, wait, that's the show, not me. Erik "SuperFriend" Skov never actually got to appear on the show, although he did watch it every week. Erik spent 6 years working for Hasbro in Pawtucket, RI before leaving for a job that paid more (Why else would a collector leave the company that was making Star Wars, Transformers, and while I was there Batman). I used to post all over the net. These days I tend to hang my hat at AFI.
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5 Comments »

  • CantinaDan says:

    Cool! Thanks for the photos. Love seeing the amazing effort that goes into good Cosplay.

  • demoncat says:

    those gijoe fans and cods players really love the characters to go to that effort on the costumes. not to mention the time and cost for that b.a.t plus that b.a.t has got to be painful to wear

  • Andrew says:

    Hasbro needs to make a toy of that woman with the beret. License her!

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    Awesome. Those costumes makes the characters look 100% better than the movie versions. Look at that BAT! Or CC and Zartan? The Crimson Guard and Iron Grenadier? WOW! That is what I call true commitment.

  • Bob says:

    http://www.canadianjoecon.com – Toronto, Ontario!
    Saturday, August 7th, 2010
    Meet the voice of Lady Jaye and Zartan!
    Meet Larry Hama!

    Win stuff, get free toys!

    Sheraton Hotel & Convention Centre
    801 Dixon Rd.
    Toronto, ON.

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