So my plan was to do a full-fledged Yaya Han Foam Review, complete with a YouTube video. However, at the moment I am on brink of flying off to another country and I like to procrastinate. In short, I didn’t have time this week.
I did have time to play with it a little bit, so this is pretty much going to be a review of my initial thoughts on Yaya Han’s EVA Foam which can be found at most local Joann Fabric stores.
I’ll add on to this review later on once I get the video together. So make sure to bookmark this blog or subscribe to my YouTube channel if you want to see a more in-depth review of this product.
It is amazing when creators do so well that they become an icon in their niche. Yaya Han is one of the first people who has been able to turn cosplay into more than just a hobby. This not only helps people outside of the community have a better understanding of what cosplay is all about, but it gives cosplayers more access to the products and information that we need.
That being said, before I even purchased the foam, I did some research of my own. There aren’t that many Yaya Han foam reviews (at least that I could find), but there is a surprising amount of drama. I’m not sure what it’s all about, but I saw people bashing their fellow cosplayer about either the price of the foam or the fact that she’s doing this at all. I don’t really understand where this hate stems from. I thought the cosplay community was known for its inclusiveness?
All that to say: chill out people. What she’s been able to do in phenomenal, and if you don’t want to support it, at least don’t make blind accusations about her product.
Another thing I saw a lot in Facebook comments about Yaya Han’s foam is the price. On Joann’s website, it’s listed at $16.99 for one EVA Foam Sheet – 24″ X 40″ X 5MM. Based off of the price of her competitors, this is undeniably a much heftier pricing point. But as most cosplayers know, Joann’s is relentless with their coupons and discounts. So right now it’s only $12.74 online.
People also frequently asked if coupons apply to Yaya Han’s foam at all. Some people said that it didn’t, which I’ve now found isn’t true. You can absolutely use any Joann coupons of this EVA foam as long as it’s listed at full price. The only way that the coupons won’t work is if there is already a discount labeled on her product.
That’s actually what happened to me. So instead of being able to use the current coupon of 60% off a full-priced item at Joann’s, I had to settle for the 25% off which was specific to the Yaya Han foam collection. Yes, it kind of sucked, but I walked away paying a little over $12 for it, which is the general price point for all EVA foam.
Thought #3: It’s Effective
This is a broad statement, so let me clarify. I cut out some patterns for the start of my genderbend Buzz Lightyear and I had PLENTY of foam. I was able to cut out all the pieces I needed for the entire chest piece, and I can probably get an arm bracer or two out of what’s left.
It’s also effective because it’s convenient. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate waiting for supplies. If it’s not on Amazon Prime or at a local craft store, I’m not likely to buy it. I’m too impatient and too much of a procrastinator. The fact that Yaya Han made it so that cosplayers can pick up quality foam locally is another reason I don’t understand the drama associated with this product. It’s. So. Convenient.
Oh hey, guys! For anyone who’s new to cosplay, or someone looking for a quick and easy Sunday convention cosplay costume, why not look on Amazon? I bought this MJ Spider-Man suit there, along with a few others like my Mera cosplay suit.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Shops like Zentai Zone and the RPC Studio definitely offer higher-grade fabrics (hence the inflated price). But if you have Amazon Prime and you need something fast, check out my Amazon MJ Watson spider suit review!
You can see my full MJ Spider-Man Suit Review by clicking this fancy little picture:
The design is super colorful! It looks like you jumped right out of a comic!
Like most cosplay suits, this MJ Spider-Man suit is easy to put on.
It has beautiful shading that helps to highlight your best features.
Depending on if you have Amazon Prime or not (which if you’re a cosplayer, just invest in it already), shipping is fast and easy. There’s no waiting around like you have to do with other cosplay costume retailers.
It fits comfortably and is perfect for those cool convention centers.
Affordable at only $65. I paired mine with my Pish Posh wig, but you can find a cheaper one on Amazon!
The overall design for this MJ Spider-Man suit is a lot more risque than what I’m used to. I guess that’s why I didn’t immediately love it when I put it on.
The feet and hand areas are a little baggier than I would like.
No forearm zippers, which means you need to cut a small hole in the fingertips so you can use your phone (or install forearm zippers).
If you are in the market for a new Spidey suit, you have probably stumbled upon Zentai Zone. Zentai Zone is a great place to get a custom made Spider-Man suit, and these 5 suit features will ensure you don’t run into any mishaps, like I did. Be sure to check out my Iron Spider suit review for the full story!
Here are the top five features I recommend when ordering your custom Spider-Man suit:
You guys should know by now how I feel about forearm zippers. They are an absolutely necessity if you are going to be wearing a Spider-Man suit. Whether or not you decide to implement accessories such as web shooters or Venom claws, having these zippers will ensure you will have a full range of motion. You can use your phone, eat, drink coffee– the possibilities are endless! Without these, your hand use becomes very limited.
2. Zentai Zone Face Shell
If you watched my latest review, I was a little disheartened that I didn’t have a detachable mask. If I had, I would have also included a face shell in my package. A face shell not only creates a more realistic Spider-Man facade, but it also makes it easier to breathe since the mask isn’t sitting directly against your mouth and nostrils. The face shell can either comes with magnetic lenses (my preferred option) or attached lenses.
3. Detachable Mask
If you opt to get the face shell, then make sure you choose the detachable mask detail. I personally feel that these companies should offer this as a standard, but it is not. If you don’t choose this option your mask will come attached to your suit and be quite frustrating and uncomfortable. So, I’ll say it again– make sure you click this option.
Having shoes already embedded into your suit make it look more realistic. Plus, it takes out the hassle of you having to add the shoes yourself later. I recommend ordering half a size to a full size up if you are ordering from within the U.S. because the sizes for these companies (shipped from China) tend to run small.
5. U-Shape Zipper
This is up for debate, but I like the U-Shape zipper because it creates a seamless effect in your suit. It is a little awkward to put on at first, but once you become used to it, I believe it is easier to put on than the standard zipper. It also makes it easier for you to put on if you don’t have anyone to help zip you up.
Want your own Zentai Zone suit? Check out their full list of suits on their website. They come in all shapes and sizes, and each design is available for both men and women! Here is the Iron Spider suit that I got!
Buying cosplays off the internet is something that doesn’t make sense to a lot of people. Heck, it doesn’t make sense to me much of the time either. You never know what the quality will be, how it will fit, or if the cosplay will even look good on you. But if there are enough reviews and I can see for myself through pictures or videos that an online cosplay works out, then I will 100% consider buying it.
I’ve done my fair share of costume internet window shopping, but one place I never envisioned myself buying a cosplay from was Amazon. Sure, I have purchased plenty of wigs and accessories to add on to my cosplay on Amazon, but overall it just seemed like a bad idea to assume a quality cosplay could come from this website.
But then, my sister showed me this photo of a genderbent Mortal Kombat Scorpian cosplayer:
If you know who she is, please leave a comment!
Who was said to have bought this cosplay off of Amazon. And considering how incredible this girl looks, I decided that I needed to bite the bullet and test out these Amazon cosplays for myself.
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CosplaySky is an online costume retail company that specializes in selling costumes to cosplayers. They carry garb in anything from anime to Star Wars, including props, shoes, and even wigs. CosplaySky sent me my Supergirl cosplay to review, which you can see in full on my YouTube channel: Supergirl CosplaySky Review.
For a brief breakdown, here are some highlights and low-lights for this cosplay:
The top fits great, and the cape is the perfect length.
It’s very comfortable and form-fitting.
There is amazing attention to detail.
The cape snaps right on.
It shipped really fast!
The velcro skirt is questionable and makes the skirt less adjustable.
The shirt comes un-tucked from occasionally if the skirt isn’t tight enough.