As the art of Cosplay increases in popularity all around the world, geek-culture gathering events such as comic book, anime, and video game conventions are constantly raising the bar every year for craftsmanship as artists compete for everyone’s attention.
California native, Anthony Le, has always lived the life of a modern day artisan since he was young.
In 2008, he took his hobby to a whole new level by building an extremely realistic replica of the Iron Man armor suit soon after the first movie came out in theaters.
Made of fiberglass, foam core, bondo, and other materials crafted with minor knowledge in robotics and an obsessive determination, Master Le’s many variants of Iron Man costumes in the past couple of years has been making headlines in blogs and game news websites.
Le’s custom built Iron Man armor suits have grabbed even the attention and praise of Jon Favreau, the director of the IRON MAN movies who tweeted about him.
Anthony Le has emphasized that for cosplay costumes to achieve that genuine “shock and awe factor” from the crowd, he needed to make the suit of armor to both look hard to build but at the same time so simple that the cosplayer has no problem performing basic practical moves with free range of motion while wearing the armor.
“I am only one person, not a studio or have multiple people working with me. I am very efficient in letting my art outlet flow.
Though it may seem people would say I have a lot of time on my hands. Truth is… If i did i would play some good ol video games, or excerise.”
However, it’s not all for the glory and attention, Anthony has also taken his authentic-looking Iron Man suit of armor to many nonprofit charity event’s such as Children’s Hospitals, Kid’s Spree special appearances, and raising fund’s for sick and/or homeless children.
Though he has made it his policy to respect everyone’s privacy and not post pictures without consent from parents and/or approvals.
If you’d like to see him and his Iron Man suit in real life, your best bet is to attend San Diego’s Comic Con this coming Spring! In the meantime, Master Le has displayed several other ambitious projects lined up such as video game related characters like Dead Space and Crysis combat suits, and of course many more variants of the Iron Man designs.
Visit his official website to follow him: http://www.masterle.org