For a blog named Giant Japanese Robot, I certainly do not have enough posts about Giant Robots. Part of this is that I am just a regular joe with a job and I post in the time I have and whatever is catching my fancy. For a while in an earlier incarnation of this site I talked a good bit about advancements in modern robotics, but if I was honest with myself what I really enjoy are those clanky giant mecha that I grew up with in the seventies. They were huge, colorful, humanoid and completely improbable.
There is a shared camaraderie among those that grew up in that period and watched those shows. I’ve met folks from a bunch of different places around the world who watched them under different names and dubs and the feeling is still the same. If the following gives you chills then you know you are in the club.
I spent a lot of time in the basement workshop as a wee boy trying to make giant robot costumes with zero success, so when Raymond Ramos mentions and posts pics that he is working on Gaiking cosplay I am interested, but a bit doubtful.
I was wrong, so wrong.
Raymond Ramos is a local guy who does cosplay, and he absolutely kills it. From Raymond’s Facebook page you can see that his favored cosplay appears to be perfecting Blade, but he has also done Bane, G.I. Joe and an intimidating Blade Thundercats mashup.
Here is Raymond with the final Gaiking costume compared to an illustration of the robot.
Another more detailed shot of him at Rhode Island Comic Con.
I’ve seen a lot of people attempt giant robots in cosplay, but never so successfully, at least with the Go Nagai style robots. Check out his page and support him. Local artists like Raymond put in a ton of work because they love the genre and they love seeing people react to their creations. People like him make the world a bit better.