Featured Cosplayer is...
Lady Linny }
1- Tell us about
"Well i'm a 40 something hard core Lara Croft fan that has been around since the
beginning of the Tomb Raider phenomenon. I live in the UK and apart from my love
for all things Lara, I sculpt for a living. I also create Lara cosplay for dolls
as well as myself. A lot of my time is taken up with running my Tomb Raider
website (www.codename-croft.com) and keeping it fresh for Lara fans all over the
2- why do you cosplay Lara, what does it mean to you?
"For me cosplay is a means of escape, and a way to express yourself for
the love of the character you are cosplaying. It's a great way to have fun and
meet people from all over the world, and ultimately meet like minded people. And
remember there is enough room for everyone within the cosplay community. And be
generous to people with your advice and support.
3- when did you first
hear about lara?
"Way way back in 96 when she burst onto the scene thanks to Toby Gard's
4- how long have you been a lara fan?
"Since the very beginning. I loved playing the games and spent to the wee small
hours of the morning running around tombs with Lara. I love the puzzle element
of all the Tomb Raider games. You really have to use the old grey matter. The
Tomb Raider games for me are not generic "shoot em ups" that easily bore.
5- when did you get
"In 2001 i entered an online competition and created the
shorts costume from the Movie"
6- how do you assemble your outfits?
"Well it all starts with study. You have to know the costume
inside out before you can start constucting it. I usually print off various key
images and study. Then it's time for the fun of what you can create out of
everyday objects. My tip? NEVER throw anything away, and always look around for
objects you can adapt."
7- Favourite TR outfit
"Ah that's a toughie, but i have to say the classic old style
Lara outfit is the best for me. I just love the simplicity of the look. The
classic is iconic and easily recognizable. Everyone on the planet must know this
outfit and who it belongs to.
8- Favourite TR game
"There are 2 on my list...for sheer atmosphere and impact it has to be TR 1.
Just being introduced to this wonderful game blew my mind and changed my life.
My interest in Lara has introduced me to so many of my closest friends, and
given me a great hobby.
I also loved Legend because it introduced that next gen Lara to our gameplay...Lara
looked amazing and she played like no other Lara.
9- what is your dream
lara croft costume?
"Well it has to be something with shorts doesn't it?
Lara's attire needs to be tough as well as functional. In the city environment
the catsuit is a must
10- what is the one
item you would add to the croft outfit?
"Something you could use within a difficult
unnacessable area such as a hanglider...now wouldn't that be cool "
11- what are your favorite qualities that Lara upholds.
"Lara is fair and
acts for the greater good. She's never in it for the money, she is a protector.
Lara to me is a fantasic role model, that's why i think there are so many female
fans. Lara goes that extra mile and her loyalty is unfounded. That is important
in her world as well as in reality for us.
12- Have you anything you want to share with our readers?
"Just keep Lara alive. There are so many characters in games that
disappear. But Lara deserves to carry on with her iconic status. Lara has been
in the headlines since her very conception, so keep doing what you are doing.
And keep on raiding those tombs!
Much love to everyone in the Tomb Raider community
love linny xxx