Racers, Start Your Engines! Nearly 200 Cosplayers Gather for the Biggest April Fool's Cos-Prank Yet!

April 2, 2019

Collage made by Gaius Cosplay


Oh no! Looks like the Koopa Troopa army is at it again!


Some of you may have noticed an invasion of Shyguys and Shygals all over the internet today. It was no sheer coincidence! It was one of the several cosplay groups that got together to do a themed event for social media this April Fool's. Nearly 200 cosplayers participated in the 2019 Shyguy group- double that of the Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy prank from last year! The event went down under the tag #shygalgang this time around, and several shenanigans ensued!



Even these good doggos showed their April Fool's spirit!




























Left: adventureswithavalanche poses with shelbyeileencosplay in this pic by nicknewton07

Right: beggingfortreats got dressed up too! Photo by bombchellecosplay



"Oh no, I'm late!! Which way is it to the race track?"


All of us were terribly lost for HOURS, looking for the way to the starting line so that we could race in Mario Kart! It seems like someone forgot to give us the correct address, so some of us ended up at the wrong game entirely, like laser tag, or skee ball! We could have just stopped to ask someone for directions, b-b-but... we're way too shy to do that! No way!



























Left: Cosplayer is podgekinn, and photographer is cosmogini on Instagram

Right: shirleysurelycosplay sure looks shy as Shyguy in this photo by danielle.jpg_



Safety in numbers! Shyguys start searching for the starting line together!


Eventually some of us Shyguys were able to find each other, and tried to congregate and find the starting line together. That seemed to be more successful, but it still seemed like we were all ending up at different tracks! No matter how hard we searched, we figured we would all be late and miss the race for sure...


 "Whoops? How did we end up at Peach Beach??" These fantastic cosplayers in Hawaii may have ended up at the wrong track, but honestly, not a bad place to get lost!


Cosplayers, from left to right: Ohnuggins, Maad.angxt.cosplay, Angelpillbug, Cruxguts, and MiguelMoralesPhotography who normally was behind the camera, but stood in for this shot!

Pic snapped by the_mick_ella



"In the name of the Mushroom Kingdom, I will punish you!"


Shyguy was a fantastic choice for this prank, since so many pieces could be found in closets, off Amazon, or easily made on short notice! Plus with so many possible color variations, we all had freedom to be a little more creative with the design, compared to the strict uniform code of Nurse Joy and Office Jenny! Some cosplayers even went all out to do their own crossovers, like a Sailor Moon Shyguy! 


Cosplayer notgrima is looking absolutely magical in this shot taken by helixdigitalphotography



Organized by Gaius Cosplay again, cosplayers collaborated with local arcades, go cart tracks, and photographers to come up with some bright and colorful results! Popular locations included spots like Dave and Buster's, or other more local arcade venues!




























Right: yfotography snaps a pic of surelyshirleycosplay and adelyndawn as a bystander gasps!  :o



Though other members of the group had to shoot on short notice, so they had to get creative in other ways, like setting up studios in their homes, or taking creative selfies. Some even did some edits like adding stickers to their pictures, or straight up placing themselves onto a Mario Kart track! No matter how you got your pictures done, it's obvious that everyone had a blast with this, and the masks really helped bring out our goofy side!


 Right: catloaf_creations edited in her own personal racetrack! VROOM VROOM!



The more the merrier! Spread the word!


Every year, the group grows larger, more diverse, and more creative. Because it can only spread by word of mouth, it's a bit difficult to get every cosplayer ever involved without essentially broadcasting what the prank is going to be! We want it to be a surprise to some people at least, haha! But the more the merrier!


 Cosplayers left to right: tehblitziest, catsnbootzncats. technicolorcosplay, meeversdesu, charles_degrooty, notgrima, inthesilvershadows, lilbatcosplay, maretcos


Photographers: cocorecho, helixdigitalphotography



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