It's only been a few years since putting a few simple LED lights in your costume was enough to blow everyone's mind and win competitions — but cosplay has become far more technical in the last few years. Take this Genos cosplay by Diegator that not only lights up, but is also gesture-activated, programmable to any colour and animated in a cool sequence that looks just like the real deal.
Lead image via Diegator
Though Diegator's light-up arms look nice enough in the photo above, the true beauty of this cosplay can only really be experienced experienced in video. Behold:
The innards are pretty complicated, especially for someone like me who has only just figured out how to wire an LED to a battery:
Surprisingly, the outer shell of the arms is made from good old EVA foam — one of cosplay's most low-tech and most useful materials. These gorgeous cosplay pieces prove that you don't have to own a 3D printer to make some damn impressive props — though Diegator has done some pretty amazing stuff with more high-tech materials as well: