Monday, August 18, 2014

Steampunk Alphonse: Full Metal Alchemist Cosplay
Hello and welcome back to The Steampunk Review!  After my short hiatus, I am back, and reviewing this wonderful piece of anime cosplay.

Etsy User VanguardSmithing has created this amazing piece of work.  I've posted their description of the piece below:

"This is a cosplay and costume piece from the anime Full Metal Alchemist made by hand with over 65 square feet of metal, around 300 rivets, 12 feet of leather, and 600 hours of combined labor and love. It weighs in at under 30 pounds but the metal is strong and it is built solid. It has won a judge craftsmanship award at Anime Expo Los Angeles and it is my shops biggest and best build thus far"

It's a 9-piece set that requires help to get in and out of it.  The quality of the detail appears quite good, like it should last for decades of Comic-Cons and Anime Expos.  At $10,000 this piece is hardly for the casual cosplayer, but an avid collector might find the price just right.  This blogger would be in for about $500, so it looks like I'll probably be sticking to cardboard if I want to cosplay Alphonse.  Sigh.

Trevor's Rating of the Alphonse Real Metal Armor: 95% (For a sick hunk of metal I want to walk around in but won't ever have enough money to actually buy so I will continue to window shop and drool at for the foreseeable future).

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