I heard about a Kojima signing at Comic Con and a supposed cosplay contest for Metal Gear. I figured the contest was a joke because I'd never heard of anything like that before, and just showed up to the signing hoping to get my costume signed. I never did get it signed, but the contest turned out to be real-- and the surprise prize was a trip to Tokyo Game Show. I later won the Kojima Productions Award with this costume at TGS and was told I increased sales of the figurines by Kojima himself. Not bad at all!
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