How to Win a Singapore Cosplay Competition the Easy Way?

29 August, 2009

Singapore Toy Games & Comic Convention (STGCC) CosCon

The STGCC was held at the Suntec Convention Centre for 3 days (14-16 August 09).  One of the interesting segment of STGCC is the Cosplay Competition held by MovieMania during the weekend at 3.30pm.

There were 2 different cosplay themes for Saturday and Sunday.

  • Saturday – MOVIE theme: entries from Western pop-culture (e.g. characters from Superman, Star Trek and Star Wars characters, Harry Potter, Lara Croft of Tomb Raider etc.)
  • Sunday – ANIME theme: entries from Japanese pop-culture (e.g. Naruto, Cloud of Final Fantasy, Full Metal Alchemist, Bleach, Pokemon, Death Note, Sailor Moon, Neon Genesis Evangelion etc.)

We visited the Movie theme CosCon on Saturday – participants range from scary Jason from horror slasher movie – Jason the 13th, Predator, Alice in Wonderland and even Pac-Man!

STGCC Cosplay Competition

Finalists from the STGCC CosCon (Movie Theme).  The judges will shortlist 10 from these 20 and the winner will solely be decided by audience votes.

STGCC CosCon ParticipantGuess who won?

Not the sexy babes or the complex costumes of Predator and some bounty hunter from Star Wars.  Surprisingly the winner is….

PAC-MAN! Despite the contestant calling himself the Pac-Man, technically he is actually the Red Ghost – Blinky from the Pac-Man game.  Pac-Man is the yellow round good guy eating dots 🙂


I am a bit confused about why Pac-Man (Red Ghost) won so I came up with some theories on how to win the STGCC CosCon 🙂

  1. Choose an easily identifiable character – everyone knows characters from Pac-Man!  Since Red Ghost won this year, you can try any of the other colored Ghost (see picture above).
  2. Avoid scary characters e.g. Jason (while the costume looks authentic but scares away young voters) 🙂
  3. Drape a Blue/Pink/Cyan/Orange cloth (depending on which Pac-man Ghost you want to be) over yourself and stick 2 Round Eye-Like Shape on the cloth.
  4. Get into fights with Star Wars gun-toting characters and eat up your competition (see picture below)

    STGCC CosCon Winner Pac-Man

  5. Be the good guy – Pac-Man (picture courtesy of or better, take part in the group category with one or two Ghosts 🙂

pacman and ghost costume

Besides the CosCon, there are also other cosplayers (hobbyists and official mascots of MovieMania) roaming the premises.  They are very friendly and always game to pose for your photos.

Look what i found – Arch-Rivals from Gotham City: Batman and The Joker (luckily they are not at the same place at the same time or else I would have been caught in the middle of a fight :-))

Cosplay Batman and Joker STGCC

A mix of movie and anime-themed characters (not quite sure what the red and blue guy is cosplaying as – drop me a comment if you know).  It gets pretty hot under the stormtrooper costume – a behind the scene look at the robotic sound is produced via the usage of microphones and speakers.

Stormtrooper Star Wars STGCC

There were also a number of pretty lady cosplayers too.  I wouldnt mind ghost-busting with the cute ghostbuster girl here :-).  Bet you haven’t thought that Bumblebee from Transformers has a sexy female counterpart!

Pretty Cosplayers STGCC

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

Comments (12)

  • wayangtimesReply

    31 August, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    lol nice report n tips. u look happy posing with all the babes 🙂
    .-= wayangtimes´s last blog ..Very Funny Video Commentaries on the Singapore Guy Who Got Stomped by His Girl in the Face and Groin =-.

    • ZhiqiangReply

      1 September, 2009 at 12:00 am

      @wayangtimes, thanks! The cosplay babes are real chio! Of course i look happy 🙂

  • Mamie CamachoReply

    14 September, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Interesting and Funny Post! haha.. too easy for Pac-man to win

  • Chan Hock KinReply

    16 December, 2009 at 12:10 am

    That’s batman was me at the convention.

  • Captain RickReply

    9 March, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Freddy and the imperial girl! Heaven!

  • Art Studio FurnitureReply

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  • Brooke Richards@ cosplay costumeReply

    22 July, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Interesting competition. I appreciate your post which is very interesting and informative. I really would love to cosplay one day!

  • MINT Museum of Toys Halloween PartyReply

    3 August, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    […] Toys.  Our visit to the MINT Museum of Toys was a perfect complement to our earlier visit to the Singapore Toys, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC). From these visits, we were able to see toys of different periods (vintage toys in MINT Museum of […]

  • JessicaReply

    10 August, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Yay, we were going WTF over the Red Ghost winning. 🙁 It’s pretty Ghetto one anyway compared to another done back in 2004 by another cosplayer which really look close to how the Ghost suppose to be and does show his “feelings” well (sad, angry, dead 😛 ).

    Seriously this year, some of my friends and me are plotting a “revenge” by doing a REAL Pac-Man Team based on the 2004 version one of our friends did. 😀

    • Zhiqiang & TingyiReply

      14 August, 2010 at 5:00 am

      wow – looking forward to that upgraded Pac-Man version you guys are coming up with – keep us informed 🙂

  • BleaayReply

    24 February, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    excellent read!!!

  • sadoReply

    18 November, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    nice post,zhiqiang~

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