My husband shaved his head. I can't remember why he did it and I can't seem to recall if the costume idea inspired the head shaving or if it came about after he shaved his head. In any case, he wanted to be Emperor Ming. I think you would agree with me that it was very successful.
Since my hubby wanted to be Ming, I had to decide between General Kala and Princess Aura. Since I am not a small woman, most of Aura's costumes were just not going to be in my comfort zone. Kala worked out great and and I was quite comfortable. We didn't get many photo requests this year but more than any other year people would smile or stop us to talk about how they loved this movie as a kid. Peoples faces lit up when they saw us. That was pretty awesome. We were scrambling to get all the costumes done and I couldn't have done it without my friend Bonnie's help.
So now we get to the costume contest. *sigh* It was not my favorite part. It took all but 3 hours of the day. A day for which we paid admission and got to see nothing of the Con. Waiting in line for my brother's judging, moving the line, getting moved again, being moved to a side room, finally being called in to get photos, going back to waiting, being called back in for registration, going back to the room to wait, being called back in to stand in line for judging, brother getting judged, going back into the room to wait for group judging....it was a long day. We also had no chance of winning. People asked me why I was sneering in every photo....a couple of reasons, but the top two are...
- I was annoyed. My lip just kept doing that on it's own.
- This stuff hurt after a while....not bad but my lekku and custom balaclava were tight to help keep fiber fill stuffed dragon skin on my head. Don't get me wrong, I thought it looked cool, but by the end of the day I had bruises on my forehead and jaw.
Over all we accomplished exactly what we set out to do. We tried new skills, we tried a new experience and we went out with a bang! We sure learned a lot of how not to do things but we also were pretty proud of what we put together.