Cosplayer Feature: Starchild Props
Starchild Props is a propmaker who makes impressive recreations of your favorite heroes, including some of their own designs.
What got you interested into cosplay?
I always liked to create. Before cosplaying, my hobby was build and paint mini-figures. In 2010, I did my first cosplay, and as the years go by, I’ve turned this passion into a full-time job. Today I’m building my career as propmaker, specialized in manufacturing of Tokusatsu and Power Rangers related items.
When and how did you discover tokusatsu?
My first contact with tokusatsu began watching for the first time their ”cousins”, the American Power Rangers, when I was child. Growing up, I discovered the world of tokusatsu. Now this world is part of my job and my life as propmaker.
Can you walk us through your process in creating a cosplay?
The base of it all is the knowledge of materials! First, I study every single part of the costume, through photos and video. Then comes the designing part, where every single part of the costume is separated, analyzed. Then comes the manufacturing part, through 3D modeling or using 2D patterns and vector design.
It’s very important be able to use right material for every part of the costume, to reach better quality projects and learn how to improve own skills. It’s important to keep an open mind in this job, and never stop to learn.
If you could cosplay any character, who would it be?
I did a lot of costumes, many of them are my favorite characters! I love Power Rangers and Sentai series, so a lot of them are from these series. I never had limits choosing my cosplay, so in recent years, I did a lot of them, from various fandoms. From Saint Seiya to Robocop, Star Wars and DC Heroes, I really did a lot of them. Probably, at this moment, I would love to be Optimus Prime from Transformers.
What is your favorite tokusatsu series and why?
My favorite tokusatsu series is Samurai Sentai Shinkenger! Because I love their designs, and I love so much the story. One of the best Sentai Series ever! Second place goes to Zyuranger. I always loved a lot of their design, for both costumes and mecha.
What’s the funniest experience you’ve had while cosplaying?
Living it as a job, it’s very very hard to find funny moments in cosplay! But, surely, most funniest moments comes from competitions and contests I did and won. Competition has been an important element in my career. Every single contest has been for me a way to grow up and learn something new.
What advice would you give to yourself when you first started?
Never give up! Proceed on your way, and follow your dreams. Live limitless and one day, your dreams will become true. I never imagined that one day I’d create props and costumes from everything I loved since I was young.
Where can we find your work?
You can find my works following me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Do you have any cosplays you’re currently working on that you’d like to share?
Right now I’m working on a lot of new Sentai and Power Rangers related items! You can see a lot of work in progress on my social accounts. My best project this year will be an original and custom line of Power Rangers. Remember to stay tuned on my pages for more updates.