Serious cosplayers spend serious cash on their outfits, as evidenced by the price tag of the Metroid Samus helmet. For those who don't play video games, Samus Aran is the hero of the 'Metroid' series and was one of the first female protagonists in gaming history. She has appeared in countless Nintendo titles and has inspired a generation of women who want to cosplay a character who is both tough and feminine.
The Metroid Samus helmet was made by Etsy merchant Raptorwithashotgun and is about as legit as a non-licensed product can be. It looks the part thanks to its plexiglass, glowing face shield and it weighs in at a hefty four to five pounds. Each helmet is made to order but to get your hands on one you'll need to pony up $400. That may sound steep to some, but can you really put a value on winning a Comic-Con costume contest?