Cosplay has grown so heavily in popularity, that a lucky few people have been able to make fully-functioning careers out of the intense, skill-based hobby. Most commonly, headlines about cosplay fall into three categories: intricate costumes, hilarious jokes, or, for sites that need the hits, “cosplay babe” galleries. Needless to say, it’s not often that a costume comes along and really scares you senseless.
The creepy-yet-intriguing costume illustrates what a LEGO Minifig might look like if given real-life details like human skin and fingernails — heugh — and was created by artist Frank Ippolito. The costume was unveiled at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and it didn’t take long for people to notice exactly what seemed off about the friendly minifig walking the length of the convention center.
Nicknamed “Creepyfig”, the mask and glove combo sports incredible and uncomfortable details, such as skin discoloration and veins. The real kicker, of course, is the pair of large, finger-like appendages on each glove, topped with dirty fingernails just to give that extra-squicky effect. Small details like the fine hairs that make up the character’s eyebrows and bags under the eyes bring the outwardly simple, but surreal costume together. The silicone mask alone weights 14 pounds, and was built in a week.
If Frank Ippolito seems like a familiar name to you, its probably because of his gigantic resume. Ippolito’s makeup and practical effects work began in the horror film genre with projects like Operation: Nazi Zombies in 2003, but fans might best know him from his work as a make-up artist on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Ippolito designs a new, bizarre costume for Comic-Con every year to keep his mind fresh and celebrate his favorite fandoms. Last year, Ippolito built a full-fledged Rancor costume, which he brought out again for one day of this year’s show.