We were able to secure a SDCC regular Zarana figure through a shady backdoor channel *cough**cough*. Since Zarana is a master of disguise, we thought what better way for one of you lucky Joe fans to get her than to show off your own mastery of disguise, or in this case costume making skills.


What can be submitted?

This contest is open to anybody who reads this. You do not need to be a member of the forum to enter, although you will need to be a member in order to vote on the forum (See Judging below). The costume can be of any established character in the GI Joe universe including the comics, movies, and cartoon. As long as you can show a picture of it from recognized GI Joe media or toys, then it is acceptable. Only one entry per person please. Any additional entries submitted by the same person will not be accepted. We try to maintain a PG-13 atmosphere for the site so any nudity or conduct that violates local or Federal laws will not be accepted.

Please include in your submission email to the following:

  1. Halloween Costume Contest in the Subject line of the email.
  2. Attach up to 3 pictures of your costume including one 1 "action" shot - see JUDGING below. The pictures will be auto-resized so don't worry about dimensions.
  3. Your screen name if you have one, your real name, and the name, specialty, and affiliation of your character should be written in the body of your email.


We like to have the work judged on its own merits, so please NO CHEERLEADING. If we discover you promoting your costume anywhere in order to garner more votes, you will be disqualified. These will remain anonymous (as much is possible), even to the judges, until the winners have been chosen.


There will be two rounds of judging. The first round will be by poll voting on the forum, open to any member of the board. Each member will vote for their favorite. The poll results will be visible as soon as you vote. The top 3 costumes will then move on to the second round. The second round of judging will be done by an esteemed panel of judges consisting of multiple GIJCC Convention Costume Contest winner Kuukuuson, GI Joe super fan and the man with his finger on the pulse, General Hawk, and the man who made this contest possible JoeArmory's ZombieGuide. If for some reason there is a tie, I will serve as the final vote tie breaker.

Costumes will be judged on the following categories:

  1. Style - 40%
  2. Originality of the concept - 20%
  3. Quality of the fabrication - 20%
  4. Overall aesthetic value -20%
  5. You will notice that Style is weighted heavier than the other categories. We want you to wow us. Use your "action" shot to make us laugh out loud or show us how awesome the costume is. Whether it is a character out on the town or deep in the heat of battle, we want to see something beyond the standard at ease pose.


    Entries need to be submitted to by Sunday, October 23 at 11:59pm. Voting on the Joecustoms forum will take place between Monday, October 24 and Thursday, 27 at 8:00am EST. The Judges will then decide the winner which will be announced on October 31st, Halloween day.


    The winner will receive a 2011 San Diego Comic Con exclusive Zarana action figure mint on card, non-variant version, provided by and

    Legal jargon

    All submissions will be hosted on for as long as we see fit and may be used on marketing material for the site with due credit given. Submissions will be denied if they contain objectionable or offensive content, including nudity or illegal activities, that goes beyond our PG-13 rating we try to maintain for the site. If any issue arises that is not heretofore already outlined in the above rules I, pluv, as acting administrator, will have the final say about what action will be taken. Please email any questions or concerns before submitting an entry.

The Winner

The Entries

Non-eligible bonus entry:

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