Friday, January 22, 2016

CosplaySky Review: Hetalia Prussia Cosplay Costume

Hello folks!

On December 27th I spoke with my con buddies what we're going to cosplay at our next convention and during the talk, I realized that the character I originally planned to cosplay at the con won't be possible due lack of time. The character I planned to debut originally was Germany from Hetalia and now I had to find another Hetalia character to cosplay instead. One way to get a costume fairly fast would be to buy it online, so I asked Shiro Samurai for cosplay store recommendations. I was suggested CosplaySky and decided to check them out. I must admit that this was my very first online cosplay costume purchase and, to be honest, I was nervous about what would find its way to my mailbox. I really didn't know what to expect, seriously.

This is a honest review made by me with no bias or sponsors involved. I bought the costume with my own money out of my own interest. Simple as that.

Since I knew what Hetalia characters I would be the most interested to cosplay as, it was easy for me to pick from the big selection of character costumes available on the site. Holy macaroni, they had almost every main and supporting character from the series! Color me impressed. After checking all the interesting choices, I finally decided to be awesome and cosplay Prussia! What do you mean I prefer the bros?

I placed the order on CosplaySky the 27th December and the costume was finished and shipped out the 6th January. I don't remember the exact date when I received it, but it was either the 13th or 14th January and it was delivered by DHL. The costume total for me was 104 $ and I had it made in custom size, which costs approx 25 $ extra. In my case it was well worth it, as the standard sizes were all waaay off on me. Shipping price was 23 $ for my order.

DISCLAIMER!

I'm aware that the character I cosplay in this post might wear details/symbols that can be offensive or emotionally unpleasant to others. I, as a guy with his heart and morals in the right place, just want to make it clear that I DO NOT support, agree with, believe in or have any other connections to the ideologies/beliefs that the character I'm cosplaying is representing. Readers, please keep in mind that what I'm wearing is JUST A COSTUME and shouldn't be taken as anything more than that. Thank you.

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When I opened the plastic DHL bag the costume was in -surprise, surprise- another bag! But the bag wasn't your average bag, it was a costume bag with the store's logo and a ziplock closure. The costume was nicely folded inside.

This is what was included:
- Uniform jacket
- Pants
- Boot covers
- Belt
- Iron Cross accessory

This is what was NOT included:
- Wig
- Gloves
- Dress shirt
- Belt for pants

Here are different full body photos of the costume.

Cosplayer: Frozen Angel (Prussia)
Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Front.
Back.
Right side.
Left side.
Link to CosplaySky's main page: CosplaySky Online Cosplay Store
Direct link to costume: Hetalia Prussia Cosplay Costume

For this costume I decided to use an authentic Wehrmacht belt that I bought from Varusteleka, because of close-enough accuracy reasons instead of the belt that came with the costume. I also choose to buy actual lace-up boots as I wanted black boots and the boot covers were of the wrong color, in my opinion. They were dark blue with red details that you just pull over your shoe, with elastics at the bottom. Last but not least I decided to not use the Iron Cross accessory that came with the costume, as it was way too big and of inaccurate material in my opinion; then again, I saw it coming as that was what it looked like on the stock photos. It was made of some sort of very stiff fake leather-like material and possibly PVC for the black area; it consisted of several layers stitched together. I decided to be accurate to the official arts and bought a plain, metallic Iron Cross necklace. Oh and I'm sorry not sorry but it bothers me to hell and back that so many Hetalia cosplayers use an Iron Cross accessory that, like, covers their entire neck. Ugh. I mean, dangnabbit it's a medal of honor and it shouldn't be as big as your ego!! Ärsytys maximus.

Here are some photos of the costume details.

Front, close-up.
Left arm.
Collar emblem.
The jacket is fully lined.
Hidden buttons on the inside to close the jacket with.
Pants.
I think the fabric choice and color for the costume is nice and well chosen. On the costume page the fabric choice is labelled as "Uniform cloth" but for me, it feels like some kind of medium-weight synthetic fabric. Since the jacket is lined it feels more sturdy and uniform-like than the pants. The pants make me static by the way. Also, the pants have belt loops. For me it looks like the emblems are made of some kind of fake leather or PVC-like material. They're stiff. I think the costume represents the stock photo about 85% accurate. The most prominent differences is that the sleeve buttons are missing on the costume that I received and the collar emblems are different. On the stock photo the Iron Cross appears flatter, softer and looks like it's not layered as the one I received. I personally think that the one I got is cooler, despite not using it for the costume.

This costume is nicely sewn and I saw no loose threads. When it comes to wearing it, I can sit and move around comfortably but I need to be careful when I move my arms towards my back, as it pulls at the armpits. Costume is otherwise pleasant to wear and I don't feel like I have to worry that something would tear or a seam would rip etc.

Final Grade: A
Recommend to others:
Yes

All in all, I'm very satisfied with the costume and I must admit that when I placed the order, I was a bit worried about what I would get. In my case, the price felt right for what I got and I don't really have any complaints about the service and quality. The sewing and the shipping of the costume was really fast. Personally I would return to do business with CosplaySky.

That's all for this time and thank you for reading. I hope this post was useful and interesting to you!

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review bro! It's always nice to hear about the experiences of others! Reviewing is a good way to keep the cosplay community informed and safe, after all. ^^

    By the way, the cosplay looks surprisingly... you know... awesome. xD Can't wait for the con!

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  2. Thanks for da review, mate!
    Immah been wondering about the quality of CosplaySky's costumes for a while. It's nice 2 hear that the fabrics are good and that it's worth the cash! Me thinks I'll give 'em a shot now.

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  3. I went to see what their shop has to offer and MAN, i found a costume ive been looking for ages and it's not even that expensive! I might someday order from them. Thanks for the review! :3

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  4. I must say that coslay looks so good on you and they made it really well.
    Nice to read the Review you did on it =D
    Keep up the good work.

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  5. Awesome review, thanks for sharing! The costume looks fab!
    I always appreciate people who review cosplay stores, it keeps our community informed! No one wants to be scammed, after all. Thanks for helping out!

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  6. Thanks for sharing,the quality of the costume seems amazing,.i am planing to get an female superman costume from their UK site http://cosplaysky.co.uk/, i was very nerves like you was, but i feel better know after reading your post, thanks again for your kindly sharing

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