Nine years ago today, a Florida-based cosplayer who goes by 'Blackflame16' decided to sew herself a costume for the first time ever.
She wrote on her Facebook page, "I can't believe 9 years ago I was crying in front of my sewing machine, running on 2 hours of sleep trying to finish my first cosplay..."
Now, she has dozens of characters under her cosplay belt, has won multiple awards, and has spent a lot of the past 28 days sharing the work of other black cosplayers as part of February's #28DaysOfBlackCosplay movement.
The Black Panther movie is just over a week away, and some incredibly cool cosplay has come out of the overwhelming excitement for this movie.
One cosplayer in particular - Andrien Gbinigie, from Montreal - caught our eye for the epic quality of his photos, which is doubly impressive because this is his first ever cosplay. Click right to see all the shots:
The photographer featured is E Vic Rosa, otherwise known as lucidvphotography.
Andrien told IGN, "My favourite thing about being a cosplayer has to be fully embodying the character I'm portraying. In my case, as this was my first costume, it felt fantastic seeing comments and reactions from people who said I did a good job looking like the Black Panther. It made all that working out 4 times a week worth it."
At SDCC today, Marvel announced that Captain Marvel will be set in the early 1990s, before the events of the first Iron Man.
The Skrulls are going to be the leading villains, with concept art shown exclusively at Marvel's panel revealing strong likeness to their comic book designs.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also confirmed that Nick Fury is going to have a presence in the film - with both eyes still intact.
As announced in July 2016, Brie Larson is set to play Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), and the film is being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
The new Wonder Woman movie is just about to release, and to celebrate that, we thought we'd put the spotlight on one of the coolest Wonder Woman cosplays around.
Meagan Marie is a California-based cosplayer who has one incredibly cool 'Warrior' Wonder Woman cosplay - click right to see all the photos:
The photographers featured are Blue Dawn Studios, Joits Photography, Estrada Photography, Eurobeat Kasumi Photography, Darryl Pamplin, Elysiam Entertainment and Ljinto.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is less than a month away, so we thought we'd express some of our excitement by sharing one of the best cosplays from the franchise.
Warren Goodwin is a cosplayer from New Zealand, and he makes one hell of a Rocket Raccoon. Check out the images below:
It took Warren around three months to make the full costume, including days where he'd have to wake up at around 3am just to work on it before heading to his actual job.
The build was first made for a cosplay competition, but now, Warren has a huge focus on attending charity events as Rocket Raccoon, in part because he himself grew up with autism.
DC Collectibles are adding a Batman: The Animated Series Batcave Vignette to their line of Animated Series figures and collectibles.
IGN can exclusively reveal the first look at the 'Vignette', which is expected to release in October 2017 for $175. Check it out below:
The Vignette is 15.5”x 17”x 21”, and features a special LED light-up Bat-Computer, and interchangeable computer screen graphics. It also comes with an exclusive 6" Alfred figure, who has a food tray, tea pot and duster as accessories.
With The LEGO Batman Movie now in theaters, we decided to list our picks for the top 5 LEGO Batman sets ever made, and it sure wasn't an easy decision.
Here they are, starting with number 5:
The Tumbler is a challenging build, with 1,869 mostly black pieces. It’s an intricate design, modelled after the Tumbler seen in The Dark Knight trilogy, and comes in at over 5” high, 15” long and 9” wide. It has an armored exterior, adjustable top wings, a detailed interior, and huge rubber-tread racing tires, as well as exclusive Batman and Joker minifigures.
We doubled our cosplay efforts in 2016 to bring you coverage of incredible cosplayers from all over the world, and today we decided to round up some of our favorites of the year.
These are photographs we either took ourselves at events, or ones we featured on the site last year - click right to see them all:
Regarding cosplaying in general, Tom Braider, one of our featured cosplayers, told IGN, "My favorite thing about being a cosplayer is knowing that there are people out there that can really understand and relate to my interests. It's one of the best ways to meet friends, make connections and celebrate the culture in which we are a part of. I am so happy to contribute and be a part of it."
Just in time for the holidays, DC Collectibles has released a new Batman: The Animated Series style Batwing and Batmobile.
They're available for sale separately, but we took some fancy pictures so you can see just how cool they are - click right to see all the images:
The Batwing is a full 36" and neatly fits two 6" action figures inside, once you slide open the top. It has two moving wheels and light-up headlights, breaks, and engine, and costs $175.
The Deluxe Batmobile (not to be confused with the original 'Batman: The Animated Series Batmobile') actually comes with an Animated Series style Batman and Robin, as well as a light up Bat-Signal, on wheels.
We've been working on our Holiday Gift Guides for the past couple of weeks, and they cater to a whole array of different kinds of fans. And in our research for that, we also revisited some of our favorite toys of 2016, including some that aren't out just yet. Here are three of IGN's biggest toy/collectible fans, with the toys they'd personally love to grab this holiday season:
Max's picks - click right to see them all: