Jenni Källberg / Pixelninja
Years of Cosplay: 12
Stockholm, Sweden
Some of the most impressive galactic bounty hunters definitely come from Sweden, and they are both fierce and sporting some killer looks. Pixelninja is guiding us into the avianoid Chozo workshops and their deep knowledge of Power Suit technologies. Otherwise how can one account for such DIY skills of bending and seamlessly joining earthly lion boards and larissa fabrics? As always, video game heroines are full of unknown and phenomenal power-ups.

Pixelninja as Samus Aran (Metroid, Varia Suit version) // Photo by Carl Oscar Aaro
Cosplay Gen: You’re very well known for your Samus Aran from Metroid cosplay; what does this character mean to you?
Pixelninja: She has been one of my favorite video game characters ever since I played Super Metroid when I was little. Besides that I love the Metroid series, I really admire the fact that there is a strong, fearless woman underneath all that armor
Pixelninja as Samus Aran (Metroid, Gravity Suit version) // Photo by Rikard Lb
 
Cosplay Gen: You first made Samus Aran’s Varia Suit in 2007 and remade it in 2010; what changed since then, and what sort of improvements did you bring to it?
Pixelninja: I changed everything. The armor on the first version was mostly made of thin foam or cardboard so it was a bit fragile and some details weren’t accurate, so I wanted to improve that. I used lionboard and larissa fabrics for the new armor, which I had to import from Japan. It’s the same materials the mecha cosplayers often use over there. I’ve been working hard on the costume so it would be more accurate this time and I’m happy with the result! I’ve also added 184 LED lights on each suit, which is powered by 20AA batteries.
Pixelninja as Samus Aran (Metroid, Zero Suit version) // Photo by Rikard Lb
 
Cosplay Gen: Samus Aran’s Gravity Suit, which you’ve also made, is the upgraded version of her Power Suit and in some of the games, the final suit she acquires; What can you tell us about the creation process of this costume?
Pixelninja: For the references I just googled all the pictures I could find of Samus in her Gravity Suit. The details that I made different from both new suits, except for the color, are the details on the legs, which are different; also, there are blue LED lights instead of green. The best was to learn how I made the costumes is to look at the progress pictures I’ve uploaded on my homepage. Basically I used the vinyl over foam technique for the armor, and then I airbrushed the purple color on the fabric because I couldn’t find the vinyl in that particular purple color. After airbrushing, I sprayed everything with a clear coat to protect the surface and make it shiny.
Pixelninja as Saya (Blood: The Last Vampire)
Photo by Rikard Lb
Pixelninja as Raiden (Metal Gear Solid 4)
Photo by Rikard Lb
Pixelninja as Raiden (Metal Gear Solid 4)
Photo by Carl Oscar Aaro
Cosplay Gen: What is the most challenging thing for you in cosplay and how has it influenced/helped you?
Pixelninja: The most challenging for me is when I have to make something complicated that I haven’t made before; for example, I struggled a bit with the helmet and the waist part of the body for the Metroid costume, and I wasn’t happy with the first result, so I had to remake it from scratch again, but the second version turned out much better. There is a lot of trial and error involved in costume making, but you also learn and improve with each costume you make.
Pixelninja as Princess Zelda
Photo by Rikard Lb
Pixelninja as Princess Zelda
Photo by Rikard Lb
Pixelninja as Princess Peach Toadstool (Super Mario)
Photo by Rikard Lb

                  

2 Comments

  1. samantha says:

    for the samus suit, what is the black ridged material you used for under the armor? amazing job, by the way.

  2. Alisha says:

    I was wondering since the Samus Aran Cosplay was definately hand crafted [has been to the pixelninja sight to see how it was assembled and created] i wanted to know if anyone has ever asked to buy a cosplay outfit ever and if so how much would an outfit like oh for example Samus Arans gravity suit [I'll admit the work on that one is pretty epic along with it being one of my favorite colors] would go for in pricing and if so would you consider ever opening a buisness in selling cosplay outfits?

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