A girl and her robot.

A girl and her robot.

With new Borderlands 2 DLC coming out soon, I figured it was time to reflect on the game.  This amazing costume was spotted at Wondercon at the end of March, shortly after the new DLC was announced.  A high school girl who cut off her own arm (on purpose!) and an anti-bullying project that can squash and shred just about anything on Pandora … Together, they make up the Mechromancer.

Gaige and Deathtrap are both parts of this costume, created by and cosplayed by Lyz Brickley. All of the Mechromancer cosplays I’ve seen have been of the default costume and hair –and no DT. DT is one mean machine, and his eye really does light up (although no Thunderclap, yet!). I offer all the cupcakes I can find to Brickley for making her robot and remembering to paint the stand in a way that allows it to be photoshopped out. It really does make for good photography.

I need to build you an extra arm JUST for high-fives!

I need to build you an extra arm JUST for high-fives!

This should give you an idea of the scale – DT really is bigger than the cosplayer. I doubt saws pop out of his back, but one can dream. DT appears to be made of cardboard and craft foam, although I could be wrong – he might just be cardboard. Don’t let my fangirling over a robot fool you – he isn’t the only part of this costume that drew my attention. The best engineer cannot be without her tools.

I am the greatest engineer alive!

I am the greatest engineer alive!

A hammer, a wrench and a tool box, shields and grenades, guns and robotic arms are all included in the Mechromancer kit – and they are all reflected on this Gaige. She even dirtied the costume up to make it look more like she came walking out of a scuffle over loot. The murder pixie mechanic was certainly brought to life … and she dragged her robot along for the ride.

I can't believe you only got third place in the science fair.

I can’t believe you only got third place in the science fair.

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some super robot violence fun time.

Spot a video game costume at a recent convention that is worthy of its own article? Send a twitter tip to @Ripten or @ceae. There might be cupcakes, and there will definitely be no country music.