The weird and wonderful descended in a range of colours at Westpac Stadium on Saturday for the annual Armageddon convention.
The three-day event celebrates all things sci-fi, with punters often turning up dressed as their favourite extra-celestial being or pop culture character.
This year’s draw card was Hollywood celebrity Nicholas Hoult, who stars in the most recent X-Men movie Dark Phoenix.
The convention hosts a range of events including hot dog eating contests, cosplay parades and panel discussions with movie stars.
Cameron Lindsey travelled from Dunedin to attend the event. Dressed as a bounty hunter, he said he liked sparking up conversations with the different people who attended.
“I like being the centre of attention and talking to people. Almost all of us are regulars, so we get to know each other.
“It is really nice having that sense of community.”
Dean Connell from Auckland said the event celebrated people being themselves and expressing their interests.
“It is about bringing something you love and sharing it with others,” he said.
“It is the first year I am entering a competition. I challenge myself to do as much of the details [on my costume] as I can.”
Armageddon spokeswoman Courtney Collins said on Saturday afternoon the event had got off to a great start.
Last year, the event had attracted over 22,000 people during the three days. This year organisers were expecting a similar crowd.
“It has been a fantastic day. It has been really busy and we are glad the weather was beautiful,” she said.
Rules around cosplay which resembled military attire were changed this year following the Christchurch terror attacks. Collins told Stuff last month this was to make everyone feel safe.
“As a Christchurch based business and being Christchurch residents ourselves, this felt like an appropriate response to ensure the peace of mind of the general public, as well as our event attendees,” she said.
The event is set to take place in Auckland and Christchurch later this year.
A brief guide to spotting cosplay:
* Bright ball gowns + big hair + stuffed animal = Disney princess
* Spiky, colourful hair + bright and detailed costumes = anime characters
* Metal or leather armour + weapons + a weathered look = video game character
* Body-suits + cowl or eye mask + logo = superhero
* Futuristic outfits in silver, black, white or brown + futuristic weapons (e.g. a lightsaber) = Star Wars
* Detailed, long-robed and embroidered costumes + crown and/or a sword + elaborate hair = most likely Game of Thrones