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Published: October 15, 2012
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The wig is two wigs combined. I should be able to post a tutorial for how I merge wigs soon. Alita's hair is rather ridiculous and I wanted mine to be that way. I think it still needs a little more molding though.

All of the armor is craft foam coated with contact cement and covered with spandex. I found a few tutorials on craft foam armor and ended up making a hybrid solution that worked for me. I paid a very large attention to detail. At this point, I know her arms like the back of my hands. Both top and bottom pieces attach by snaps. Elbow and knee pieces attach via velcro.

Catsuit is made by me with wet look spandex. Undershirt is made of the same spandex that coats the armor.

Not really sure what else to say. Very VERY labor intense. It pays off if you take the time to do it well though.

Person thoughts:
Battle Angel Alita was the first manga I ever read. I was into anime at a really young age, but didn't get into manga until the 90s. I was really into Star Wars expanded universe novels and manga was right next to it. It was only natural that I eventually wandered over.

Back when I read it, it was really expensive compared to today's manga. It was $18-$20 a book, American format and they weren't numbered. They fell apart fairly easily. I definitely read them out of order since there wasn't really a way to check the order I was supposed to read them in.

I fell in love with Alita from the first book. To this day, she is my favorite character in anything ever. I have been saying for about ten years that I was going to make this costume. Tried many times. Finally, this year, I said fuck it, its going to happen. A friend joked that I would spend years planning and make it in a week. They were close. I made it in two.

There are a couple of things I was to fix, but for the most part, I am really happy with this costume.

More photos can be found here: [link]

Photos by dr_teng!
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zappa10Hobbyist General Artist
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It sure helps that you are drop dead gorgeous! Lol My GF could never pull this off... But i still love her
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This looks so awesome. Thanks for bringing Alita/Gally/Yoko to life in the real world.
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MatttowlerProfessional General Artist
amazing work. I love Alita!
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KannaKaiserHobbyist General Artist
woooow hermosa <3
SSJ433Vegeta's avatar
Saw your Starfire pic on the front page and checked out your other stuff. Your portrayal of Alita is by far my favorite but like you Alita holds a special place in my heart. I have to admit you really have captured her look. For a second I asked myself was the liveaction movie back on lol.
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harunamiyaHobbyist Traditional Artist
oh men, you should make a movie :) your alita is perfect :)
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BigbenhowardHobbyist Photographer
Now I know exactly what Alita would look like in real life. This is perfect.
luvfemuscle's avatar
You look a little bit like Danica McKellar in this pic.
nicedino's avatar
That's by far the best Battle Angle Alita Cosplay I have seen to date.

Great work. Keep it up! ^^
Thorusoma's avatar
OMG YESSS SO PERFECT. You nailed it so good I can't talk
Elminus's avatar
I'm speechless! You're looking absolutely amazing! Best Alita outfit I've ever saw! And - of course - you just look cute :)
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Just AMAZING. One of my favorite shows and a great manga to boot, and you did a very good job here. Just well done, all around.
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I am new in this blog and I´m trying to make a comic, maybe we can work together in the future…. I am in love with your image. Sorry I could no resist your beauty, bye

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I was initially looking for images from the manga (although why I didn't think to look in the copies of two of the books from Last Order (thankfully they're actually numbered) is beyond me, but I found these photos in with the pictures and thought, wow I gotta check this out! So here I am, trying -and failing- to think of a decent way to tell you how hugely impressed I am! Sorry my brain's a mess this wasn't supposed to be so long xD
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Amazing cosplay! I'm planning to cosplay her also! But I'm having problems with the boots. How did you get those?
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KoglanHobbyist Writer
Your Alita is really Great!
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toocoolforswagHobbyist Writer
my fav from you, as I said after your panel at anime expo...I was the dude running av for ya XD 'sup
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This is amazing!  I dare say this is the best cosplay I've ever seen.  Alita is an awesome character and defiantly a very complex one visually.  I can't describe enough how much I love this.  :D:D:D:D:D
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irongiant775Professional Digital Artist
Good gravy, you even look like her. Just amazing. Wow.
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So far she is the best Alita! Has the right everything character looks wise. Well done.
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LBAMagicHobbyist Digital Artist
excellent outfit. Cutie Thumbs Up   only now just getting into this manga series myself.
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