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Raija [1](known online as GameDweeber) is an American cosplayer based in Wisconsin. She has started cosplaying with a bunch of reptilian characters, with the most recent being the Montgomery Gator cosplay as of 2022.

History

Early Life

Before she became a cosplayer, she has founded a 501(c)(3) herpetological educational organization & rescue called Archie's Angels, Inc.[2], and the goal of that was to educate people how to properly care all reptiles, inspired by an incident where she received a Savannah monitor, but he passed away quickly due to the previous handler giving improper care before giving him to her[2]. She attended some colleges courses from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, founded by the Winston family to preserve Stan Winston's legacy, but began to pursue another career path after realizing that she did not want her art to be her career[2].

Cosplay

She has made 4 cosplays in total, and her first cosplay was Demon General Lucifer.

Her next cosplay was Ryu the Argonian[3], inspired by the Argonians from The Elder Scrolls, and a few more were commissions, such as the Hesperae (base by FossilFueledFX) in 2021 and Chucky the Radiant (base by DreamVisionCreations) in 2022.[4]

Montgomery Gator

Her most recent cosplay is Montgomery Gator from Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach.[5]

GameDweeber decided to collaborate with DaRegularSauce, but due to transportation costs and potentially repair costs for the costumes, she organized a GoFundMe with a goal of formerly $10,000, but decreased to $5,000 due to a recalculation on the shipping cost of Monty. There have been 7 donors so far with a public total of $185 and a grand total of $935 thanks to an hidden, anonymous donor who donated $750 for the flight to Las Vegas. The GoFundMe was later fully funded on February 16th, 2023.

During the LVL Up Expo 2023

On February 17th, 2023, GameDweeber finally flew to Las Vegas where he met Katt Baker and Luna, and the actual cosplays didn't appear until February 18th, 2023, when they (except Luna) dressed up in their cosplays, Montgomery Gator and Roxanne Wolf, respectively. Even though Alcantar was going to meet up with them, there was a lot going on with him and his collaboration with Kellen Goff, making it much harder for him to join up with them. Then they decided to do a panel where they would discuss how 3D printing works and how they made their cosplays. As of 12:49 PM, February 19th, 2023, there is 6 hours and 40 minutes until the panel officially starts.

Awards

GameDweeber has earned the awards as follows for each cosplay and respective con:

Demon General Lucifer

  • Best Prop — Kitsune Kon 2017

Ryu the Argonian

  • Best in Show — Kitsune Kon 2018
  • Semi-Finalist — Next Level of Cosplay 2018

Monster Hunter Minerva

  • Best Masters — Kitsune Kon 2019
  • Best FX — Daisho Con 2019
  • Daily Deviation 2019 — DeviantArt

Montgomery Gator

  • Best in Show — Kitsune Kon 2022
  • 1st Place in Craftsmanship — LVL Up Expo 2023

Trivia

  • Her icon is based on the second cosplay that she did, which is Ryu the Argonian. This icon is designed by InterfectorFactory.
  • Archie's Angels, Inc. is a volunteer & foster-based organization.

References

  1. Hansen, Raija. “Help Freddy & Monty Get the Band Back Together.” Co-Founded by Atreyu Alcantar, Gofundme.com, GameDweeber, DaRegularSauce, 3 Sept. 2022, https://www.gofundme.com/f/glamrock-gettogether. Goal: $5,000 (Formerly $10,000) Number of donations: 12 (9 unique donors, including 2 anonymous donors) Total raised: $5,000 (grand total $5,750)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hansen, Wes. “Alum Raija Hansen Still Running Reptile Rescue, Still Competing with Her Creations.” The Tritonian, The Tritonian, 7 Jan. 2020, https://ndatritonian.com/features/2020/01/07/alum-raija-hansen-still-running-reptile-rescue-still-competing-with-her-creations/.
  3. Hansen, Raija. “Here's a Full Body Photo of Ryu the Argonian. Approximately 800 Hours of Work and $500 Worth of Materials Went into Creating This Character. He Was Started in August of 2017 and Finished in July 2018. The Outfit Features an Articulated Jaw, Blinking Eyes (Which Had to Be Sacrificed for My Own Comfort), Approximately 7’ Stilts, Articulated Tail, Lizard Hands, ‘Follow-Me’ Eyes, and a Variety of Natural Props (Animal Skulls, Feet, Horns, and Herbs/Spices). This Was My First Time Attempting Anything This Large, and despite the Outfit Being a Bit Toasty and Uncomfortable, I Am Very Happy with the Outcome. I'd like to Give a Huge Shout-out to the Kitsune Kon Staff for Their Hard Work and Effort to Make Sure That I Was as Comfortable as Possible While Wearing My Outfit. They Were Always at My Side to Fetch Me a Cup of Water or Cool Me down. An Extra Shout-out to the Two Staff Guys at the Very End Who Carried Me across the Crowd in Order to Make It to Photos, Too, When My Leg Broke (My Argonian Leg, Not My Actual Leg). Now I Can Say I Truly Body-Surfed in My Argonian Cosplay! And, Last but Certainly Not Least, a Huge Shout-out to My Mom, for Sacrificing Her Time to Follow Me around, Help Me Get Dressed/Undressed, and Simply Be There to Support Me throughout All of This. Without Her, I Would Not Have Been Able to Maneuver around the Convention. <3 It's Been a Great Run This Year and I Am Absolutely Honored to Have Won Best in Show. I Do Plan to Compete in the Future, but I Have Ambitious Plans for the next Outfit. Stay Tuned for Future Updates! #Gamedweeber #Gamedweebercosplay #Ryutheargonian #Argonian #Elderscrolls #Skyrim #Blackmarsh #Cosplay #Costumemaking #Dragon #Scales #Feathers #EVAfoam #Stilts #Wood #Antlers #Skulls #Kitsunekon #kitsunekon2018 #Cosplaycontest #Contest #Masquarade.” Instagram, Raija Hansen, 22 July 2018, https://www.instagram.com/p/BljUv_ylQBw/.
  4. Hansen, Raija. “Commissions.” GameDweeber, Raija Hansen, 2022, https://www.gamedweeber.com/commissions.
  5. Hansen, Raija. “Thank You so Much Everyone for Coming out to @kitsune_kon Tonight! Montgomery Gator Won Best in Show at Tonight's Masquerade - I Am beyond Delighted to Have Been Granted This Award from Such an Amazing Panel of Judges! Shoutout to @Alizarinastacrimson for Supplying Prize Materials, @ecnoftw_cosplay for Lending Me Socks, and the Judges @Amenokitarou, @Uberscosplay, @Philmizuno, and @Meowmeowcosplay for Their Hard Work and Dedication to This Craft. Also Huge Shoutout to My Mom for Being the Best Handler Ever. I Don't Know What My next Project Will Be, but I Look Forward to What the Future Will Hold! Stay Tuned for Monty Updates! #Kitsunekon #Montygatorcosplay #Montgomerygatorcosplay #Montgomerygator #Montygator #Fnafcosplay #Fivenightsatfreddyscosplay #Fivenightsatfreddys #Securitybreach #Masquerade #kitsunekon2022.” Instagram, Raija Hansen, 23 July 2022, https://www.instagram.com/p/CgYZzi-NA9X/.

Cosplay

Ryu the Argonian

Monster Hunter Minerva

Montgomery Gator

LVL Up Expo 2023

Behind the $4,795 Donor

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Miscellaneous

Archie's Angels

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