Here's Stormfly, Astrid's Deadly Nadder from How to Train Your Dragon!
Stormfly was completed in time for her debut at AnimeNEXT 2013, and made a second appearance at Connecticon 2013 that following July! Stormfly is not a suit worn by me, it is actually a friend of mine, Astrid's (pictured) mother!
Alright, so she has a 7.5' wingspan. The wings have pull-tabs which keep them closed if she doesn't want to hold onto them. Each wing has a length of plastic tubing inside which the wearer grabs and holds out for an open wing effect. Since Stormfly is a wyvern-like dragon she only has four limbs, unlike Toothless who has six, so a wing backpack wasn't an option.
The mask is made from an assortment of wires (as all my others), teeth from foamie and eyes from resin I cast and painted myself. All 13 horns are placed around the crest, with the longer ones also supported by wire. The nose horn is made much the same way, although it's almost too flexible for its own good. >_> (Seriously every time it comes out of a box it's in a different position)
The tail is part pool noodle to give it more pep than Toothless's tail. Out of respect for other congoer's personal space I thought it would be unwise for the tail to stay straight out behind the wearer at all times, so it only stiffens when she applies pressure to the foam (like crouching over).
The jaw -is- articulated (as pictured), but the current wearer doesn't like to risk her face being seen when in suit, so she doesn't move it very often. Vision is not through the nostrils or under the eyes, but through the mouth, and luckily for my shy friend Stormfly's mouth provides pretty good vision even when closed.
She does still require a handler for peripheral vision, but damn I was impressed how many times she made it up and down the stone steps on her own.
EDIT: Stormfly now has video clips! Time-stamp: 3:32 - 6:04 (otherwise it's just my friends and I eating muffins and fooling around haha)youtu.be/ii54ZUoRbdc?t=3m32s
-> On YouTube is a video of the costume in action at AnimeNEXT 2013 on Saturday! Due to Youtube thinking crowd noises qualify as copyright, it's unfortunately muted. All that goes on is the story of the little girl in the video who was "talking about dinosaurs all day" she's about 2 years old. c:
Stormfly Cosplay made for and worn by:cosmiccrittercrafts.deviantart…