Fall 1999

© 1999 David Ramsay

Japanese Animation recreation from "Pokémon".  The Charmander costume consists of a padded fleece suit, hood and boot covers.  Charmander's body is a barrel made out of hoop wire inside.  Iridescent orange fabric sewn to hood, tummy and tail.  Felt face details appliquéd to hood.  Orange boot covers with oversized feet and white claws.

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Big and squishy Charmander!

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We envisioned Charmander to be big and squishy - in a warm and fuzzy sort of way.  Specifically made with little children in mind, we designed Charmander to be huggably soft and friendly.  We were not concerned with making a dead-on accurate, mascot-quality costume for Charmander's debut at the US-Japan Expo in Los Angeles.  Instead, we went for a soft and frumpy silhouette to compliment the "hard" understructure of Poliwhirl.  In December 1999, we were invited to participate at the Scottish Christmas Walk in Alexandria, Virginia.  "Char-Ramsay" and Pika Sweet joined Clan Ramsay in the parade.  We enjoy wearing these costumes and the response has been quite favorable, especially with children.  Having kids scream “CHARMANDER!!!" or "PIKACHU!!!” from 100 yards away (when they see us), and believing that we REALLY are Pokémon makes us feel great.  Children have the wonderful ability to suspend their disbelief.  We later decided to perform a Western spoof with Charmander and Poliwhirl at AnimeExpo 2000.  We participated in the AX00 Masquerade as a noncompetitive, exhibition only entry and had fun providing an entertaining show for the audience.  "Showdown at the Poké Corral" was a silly opportunity to exhibit these large costumes.  "El Whirl" wore a blue cowboy hat, purple confetti-foil dot chaps with fringe and blue water drops, cross/draw kiddie pistols (for trick shooting) and Poké bandolier.  "Sheriff Char" was sportin' a yellow foam cowboy hat, moo-print bandanna, aluminum foil star and kiddie shotgun.

Charmander (in progress) seen at the US-Japan Expo 1999.

Char-Ramsay and Pika Sweet at the Scottish Christmas Walk in Alexandria, Virginia.

Char-Ramsay and Pop (William C. Ramsay).

Pokémon "El Whirl" and "Sheriff Char" duke it out at AnimeExpo 2000.
(Thanks to Kevin Lillard for this photo.)

Our performance at the AX00 Masquerade was a noncompetitive, exhibition only entry.

Western spoof with all tha trimmins'...

"Showdown at the Poké Corral" performance at AnimeExpo 2000.
(Thanks to Mike Tatsugawa for these photos.)

It's Sheriff Char to the rescue!

Cowboy Pokés.

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