Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cosplaying as Tomb Raider's Lara Croft

Tomb Raider's Lara Croft Cosplay, Lara Croft the gun-wielding girl. Before Nathan Drake, There was only one treasure hunter who ruled the Consoles it was none other than Croft, Laura Croft the one and only!!

So who exactly is Lara Croft?
Lara Croft is the main protagonist of the Square Enix (previously Eidos Interactive) video game series Tomb Raider. She is presented as a beautiful, intelligent, and athletic English archaeologist-adventuress who ventures into ancient, hazardous tombs and ruins around the world. Created by UK developer: Core Design that included Toby Gard, the character first appeared in the 1996 video game Tomb Raider.

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She has also appeared in video game sequels, printed adaptations, a series of animated short films, feature films (portrayed by Angelina Jolie((woot!!)), and merchandise related to the series. Official promotion of the character includes a brand of apparel and accessories, action figures, and model portrayals. Croft has also been licensed for third-party promotion, including television and print advertisements, music-related appearances, and as a spokes model. Core Design handled initial development of the character and the series. Inspired by pop artist Neneh Cherry and comic book character Tank Girl, Gard designed Lara Croft to counter stereotypical female characters. The company modified the character for subsequent titles, which included graphical improvements and game play additions.

American developer Crystal Dynamics took over the series after the 2003 sequel Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness was received poorly. The new developer rebooted the character along with the video game series. The company altered her physical proportions, and gave her additional ways of interacting with game environments. Croft has been voiced by five actresses in the video game series: Shelley Blond (1996), Judith Gibbins (1997-1998), Jonell Elliott (1999-2003), Keeley Hawes (2006-2010) and Camilla Luddington, who will voice Croft in upcoming titles. Lara Croft has become a sex symbol for video games, despite Toby Gard’s intentions for her to be sexy “only because of her power”. She holds six Guinness World Records, has a strong fan following, and is among the first video game characters to be successfully adapted to film.

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Lara Croft is also considered a sex symbol, one of the earliest in the industry to achieve widespread attention. The character’s influence in the industry has been a point of contention among critics; viewpoints range from a positive agent of change in video games to a negative role model for young girls. .

Some images of  Lara Croft images below:

Starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in the Movie

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Lara was born on February 14, 1968 and is the only child to Lord Henshingly and Lady Elizabeth Croft.  She was born in Wimbledon, London.  Lara had a fairly privileged upbringing, even so far as to attend finishing school to refine her manners.  Homeschooled until the age of eleven, she would attend Wimbledon Private School until the age of sixteen when her parents decided she should be enrolled in Gordonstoun, one of the highest caliber boarding schools in Europe.
While she was there she gained an interest in both rock climbing and in archaeology, the latter after a lecture from famed archaeologist Werner Von Croy.  Inspired by both this experience and seeing as written account of his exploits she demanded to her parents that she be allowed to accompany him to Asia on an expedition.  He agreed that she could go, but the experience ended poorly as he accidentally triggered a trap inside of a tomb, from which she was forced to abandon him in order that she not perish as well (though it is later revealed that he lived.)  After turning eighteen, she was sent to another school in Switzerland and an arranged marriage had her betrothed to the Earl of Farrington so that her place in English high society be set.
This marriage was not meant to be however, as at the age of twenty one and after graduating her class arranged a trip to Asia, but their airplane crashed in the Himalayas.  Lara was the sole survivor of the plane crash and was forced to fend for herself through the harsh environment, eventually walking in to the village of Tokakeriby two weeks later.  This brought about a change in her as she discovered she possessed more ability and tenacity than she knew during this ordeal and cast off her role in British high society, choosing instead to travel the world in search of adventure, artifacts and knowledge.  Although disowned by her family, she made her own name for herself as one of the world’s most famous archaeologists. Her archaeological discoveries are extensive, including the Ark of the Covenant, the Scion (a mysterious object from Atlantis), Excalibur, and the Dagger of Xian (a magical blade from China that gives the bearer the power of a dragon).
Though it should be noted,  with the upcoming Tomb Raider game the usual lines of information doesn’t connect with the past Tomb Raider storyline so basically it doesn’t apply. Which leaves us with the fact that the new Tomb Raider that is on it’s way to consoles in 2013 will be a completely rebooted orgin story. But if you’ve viewed the video montage above, new or old information I think we all can agree that Laura Croft is still an female Icon of BadAssery and BadAss Wednesday!!

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