Cosplayers are dedicated to their craft, no doubt about it. This bloke is another matter entirely though, so much so that he's been officially recognised as a world record holder.
The Guinness Book of World Records are releasing a special Gamer's Edition in a couple of weeks, highlighting a whole range of feats from the gaming community. There's a requisite section for esports, a record for someone playing Dark Souls with the most alternative control method, and even a record for the toughest Super Mario Maker level.
But this one's perhaps a little more creative: it's a record for the costume with the most functional gadgets. Unsurprisingly, the award has gone to Batman cosplayer Julian Checkley — who wedged 23 separate functional tools for, well, being Batman.
If you're curious, here's a list of all of the 23 gadgets:
Fireball Shooter Gauntlet Video Screens x 2 Bat Tracking Beacon Bat Sign Projector Folding Batarang Grapnel Gun Cowl Respirator Pneumatic Tranquilliser Gun Ultrasonic Anti Dog Device Bat Shuriken x 4 UV Lamp Ball Bearing Grenades x 2 Gauntlet Flashlight Medi-kit Battery Pack Laser Designator Bat-cam Strobe Stun Gun Gas Dispenser Smoke Bombs x 2 The Bat Flask Concealed Laryngeal Microphone. Two-way Radio
Things that come in pairs or multiples, like the shurikens and smoke bombs, are counted as a single item.
It's pretty impressive, but then I'm not a cosplayer and I'm useless as all buggery when it comes to crafting things. And as our office's resident cosplay expert Hayley tells me, this is the sort of record that will probably be beaten quite quickly — not because the number of gadgets is unimpressive, but because more cosplayers will come out of the woodwork to one-up Checkley's work.
Still, Checkley can say he's a legitimate world record holder, and that's still something to be at least a little proud of.