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Sometimes it takes a village to pull off a particularly ambitious costume, as evidenced by this spot-on Big Sister recreation from BioShock 2. Cosplayer Riki LeCotey walks us through how the team was approached by College Humor to fabricate the costume, details the long and arduous process of piecing it together, and shares the final product with us below. Honestly? 2K couldn't have come up with a better Big Sister ensemble if they tried.
Big Sister from BioShock 2
Lab 604 (comprised of Chris Donio and I) were contacted through the grapevine (Mary Stanley via Nathan Sharatt, who is also responsible for this Bioshock-related number) by College Humor to build this costume. Chris was asked to take the roll of project manager and work as the lead sculptor on the costume.
We took on the project because Chris and I always loved the look of BioShock – there is just something about underwater art deco. It never crossed our minds to build this costume for me because I would have been the littlest Big Sister ever, standing at a whopping 5'1". It was also an opportunity to challenge ourselves with an insane deadline.
We were fortunate to be allowed to work in the local SCAD facilities for everything except the molding and casting process, which we did in our own studio.
Normally I don't keep track of the hours it takes to make something, but in this case there was a firm deadline. From when we were signed on, we had 10 days total. For approximately the first six days there were only three of us working on the project – Chris, Nathan, and I. Making the deadline was looking rather bleak, so we were fortunate enough to enlist the aid of Cathy Jones, Danny Ashby, Duncan Shirah, Daniel Valdez, Joe Hernandez, and Adam Foote. Without all of them, this project would have never been finished.
Any and all materials we could find were used, including old candle fixtures and a Starbucks cup. We thought we’d be saving time with found objects, but in the end there are very few found objects on the costume. We mostly fabricated out of MDF, then molded and casted. In total there are over 22 sculpted and molded pieces.
Writing out the entire process would be cumbersome, but we’re in the process of working on a detailed description for a later date. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact Lab604.com. A detailed description of the leather work can be found at Godsavethequeenfashions.com.
We debuted the costume at the Georgia Aquarium in February. College Humor dictated that the video was to be at the GA aquarium given the game takes place under water, it seemed like an obvious choice. Something about riding whale sharks may have influenced them, too. You can check out the video below.
While Riki didn’t model the costume herself, she's a very established cosplayer with numerous costumes under her belt. Check out her rendition of Wasp below, and her full cosplay portfolio here.
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She is terribly hot in that Wasp costume, however I've yet to play Bioshock 2 so I have no clue what the original Big Sister looks like..eh, I'll get too it after I'm done with Demon's Souls...again....again....again...aaaaaaagain.
wow, i need another word for impressive!
The Big sister is the coolest cosplay on the planet. But I think the Wasp is crazy sexy. She makes a great Kisumi.
Doh, why's it gotta be a dude in there XD
It's amazing that they completed this in 10 days!
That was an awesome costume!!! Coolest cosplay ever!!!
Wonder how much that sucker cost college humor. amazing detail though. Great job Lab 604. Now that would be a fun job.
there's just something intrinsically wrong with a guy being behind that helmet... would he be considered a transvestite? Does that make me closed-minded?
This is one of the better of the boring @ss Cos-Blogs... But I think this should be on it's own web site, and I think they let Megan do as she pleases... Just like a little girl like's to dress up right...
Wow she's hot.
Amazing cosplay. ♥
Could be better but impressive for the short amount of time
Awesome Big Sister.
I just followed the yellow concupiscent road, thats the way home