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Samus Aran (Justin Bailey) Metroid by NiGHTmaren-Cosplay Samus Aran (Justin Bailey) Metroid by NiGHTmaren-Cosplay
This is a costume I've wanted to make for years, but always was a bit afraid to tackle it. Easy to make, but a difficult character to pull off. Metroid for the NES was my first Metroid game, and only Super Metroid beats it out for my favorite game in the franchise. I still remember being little and watching my brother play it, and discovering during the ending that the hero of the story was in fact a female and it blew me away! So it was great to finally cosplay a character that is so nostalgic to me. I really love cosplaying from my childhood favorites and this is no exception. Plus, the Justin Bailey hack code version gets so little love when compared to Zero / other suits in the series.

I wanted to give this costume an 80s vibe, and while I was on the fence about the metallic spandex at first, I rather like how it turned out in reality. I used this fabric for the main bodysuit and boot covers. I used a stretch knit for the boot details that matched my wig, which is an Arda wig in Mako green. Ferari I think? The arm cannon is a modified toy cannon and has a grip on the inside so it's easy to hold and comfy. :)

The photos on the side were taken for a levitation project, and the ones in the middle are actually stills taken from a film project. All photography done by Gapple Photos, whose work I adore!
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taberz Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Wow that looks awesome doesn't leave much to th imagination
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tarinalove Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Where did you order/find the toy cannon?! :D Also, awesome costume. :)
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mishkuu Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
nice work!
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Zpartuss Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
OMG!!! this is awesome!! You make a gorgeous Samus...well done!!!!!
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SCTE3 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Fantastic cosplay of her. :) Not played the games in awhile but they were always fun. :D
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fatguy88 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg you look fantastic as samus and some reason this makes me want to listen to the song Physical
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LightDemonCodeH Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
I wish they would bring this back instead of the Zero Suit.
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NiGHTmaren-Cosplay Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amen! The Zero suit is awesome but it's overdone, and being a retro gamer I can't help but love this the most.
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LightDemonCodeH Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
like have it be a challenge mode and it gets you a secret ending.
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:iconnightmaren-cosplay:
NiGHTmaren-Cosplay Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That would be awesome. I'm all for it.
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lillarry3 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Classic Samus cosplay! I applaud you miss lol
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:iconnightmaren-cosplay:
NiGHTmaren-Cosplay Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Nothing better than the classics, I always say. But I'm almost 30, so yeah lol.
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Flowery Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
cuuuuUUUUUUTE! <3
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EEAE-fan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
cool
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Kronos2501 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say, this is an excellent costume and a very good looking Justin Bailey at that. How long did it take you?
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:iconnightmaren-cosplay:
NiGHTmaren-Cosplay Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! It only took me maybe 10 hours tops. Very basic sewing and I've worked with spandex enough that I'm comfortable with it.
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Kronos2501 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How does one work with spandex, anyway?
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NiGHTmaren-Cosplay Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's pretty easy once you get the hang of it. I use a zigzag stitch on my sewing machine for tight corners and top-stitching, and my serger for the rest of the construction.
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ValePeach Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Student General Artist
woahhh really nice cospaly
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:iconnightmaren-cosplay:
NiGHTmaren-Cosplay Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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MissLink8908 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
At first I thought it was a little plastic doll. But anyway! That is an awesome costume! You look really cute!
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NiGHTmaren-Cosplay Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha, thanks! :)
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The-Great-Gaby Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gooooooorgeous.
You pull it off amazingly, and the suit is perfection~ not to mention the cannon. How did you make that bit? I'd love to know.

And the levitation photos are surreal.

All of the perfection. :3
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NiGHTmaren-Cosplay Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The cannon is a modified toy cannon from Transformers lol. It was taken apart and modified to look like her cannon. The good thing is, I am working off of a sprite design so creative license is acceptable, so I didn't have anything to strictly adhere to. Same reason why I picked a color pallet that's slightly different shades off, that would look more flattering on me. :)
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The-Great-Gaby Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah I get what you mean. You did very well, it still keeps it organic to the character, I think.

But yeah they picked some RANDOM ASS colors back then. Limited choices I guess. But it makes for a very interesting color palette for cosplay.

Anyway, great job, it's really very nice.
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LeoHightower Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the Justin Bailey Samus Suit, you pull it off nicely! :D :heart:
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NiGHTmaren-Cosplay Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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LeoHightower Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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mouser00218 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   Artist
lololol, never got the whole green hair part, but u did this well
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:iconnightmaren-cosplay:
NiGHTmaren-Cosplay Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think I recall someone mentioned it was an affect from the Varia suit, but I could be wrong. Old games often had very confusing color pallets.
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mouser00218 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   Artist
they were limited, so theyld use random colors close to wat they probably wanted
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