Special Feature: Comic-Con’s cosplayed cars

The word cosplay derives from two words – ‘costume’ and ‘play’ – and it’s a word that is uttered around the world by every geek worth his salt (or perhaps, melange) when the annual San Diego Comic-Con begins. It’s a light-hearted way to meet people with similar interests and sporting a cosplay costume can give a shy individual an excited confidence that is undeniably contagious. The lengths that some people have historically gone to has been quite something to behold, with the planning required, and the exacting attention to detail. Some costumes, such as this Blood Angel Space Marine, require serious commitment. As well as putting on superhero costumes or dressing up like a supernatural being, getting ready for cosplay can also include using props such as cars.

Recently, one fan took cosplay to a whole new level when she arrived in her very own handmade Wreck-It Ralph car. The Transformers vehicles are another popular type of car that fans enjoy some serious cosplaying in, with Bumblebee being one of the most common dress-up characters spotted. This year the Mutts Cutts vehicle was arguably the most notable. Taken from the 1994 Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels comic genius movie Dumb & Dumber. Just like the original, the car was a great addition to the vehicle cosplay line-up.

The Black Beauty car from The Green Hornet has also made appearances at some of the Comic-Con events. This year the car was put up for auction. Based on a 1965 Chrysler Imperial, the Green Hornet’s car is sure to be the dream purchase of many superhero film fans. Cosplaying is a popular hobby, but it can also be an expensive passion. A Batmobile tumbler is currently selling for a whopping $1 million. While this is out of reach for most cosplayers, it’s far more economical to buy a second-hand car and transform it yourself. Do some research to find a cheap model that looks similar to the car you want such as a used Volkswagen Beetle to turn into Herbie, an old Aston Martin that can be used as a James Bond car or a Volkswagen Campervan that can be transformed into Scooby Doo‘s Mystery Machine.