As happens every year, attendees at last month’s Comic-Con were confronted by hideous apparitions of all shapes, sizes and species (and a few fans in weird costumes too), but one inventive cosplayer still has folks buzzing long after they returned home from San Diego.
Some of the really serious horror-themed costumes wandering the grounds can often be frightening to children — but one was very unique, in that he delighted most of the youngest con attendees while simultaneously terrifying their parents.
The man behind the mask is Frank Ippolito (above left), whose costume — which he designed as well — represents what a famous LEGO “mini-fig” character would look like as a flesh-and-blood humanoid creature. The result was so disturbing that Ippolito dubbed his design “Creepy Fig,” and as you can see, it’s both fascinating and nightmarish.
Sporting a giant silicone head (weighing 14 pounds) and matching claw-like hands, the giant walking version of a tiny LEGO figure also has uncomfortably human-like skin tone and texture, and even the normally smooth and simplified features have been transformed with little details like real-hair eyebrows and realistic fingernails for each hand’s two digits.
Ippolito says the costume was inspired by his own speculation about an alternate reality populated by LEGO-based beings, and what a representative of that world might look like. He originally conceived Creepy Fig as a makeup, but eventually expanded the project into a full-head mask and glove appliances.
The character was financed by ex-Mythbuster Adam Savage’s site Tested, and made its first appearance at SDCC’s LEGO booth — where, as you can see here, he was a major hit with the kids… although he totally embarrassed himself trying to score a date with LEGO Wonder Woman.
The website documented the character’s startling debut on July 27, after which they posted a video to delight and horrify anyone who might have missed Creepy Fig’s presence at the convention.
The video has already become a viral hit, with millions of viewers alternately fascinated and freaked. Watch it right here!