MagnetiCon follows the following five Core Cosplay Guidelines (much like SupaNova) for cosplayers to follow in order to get the best experience out of the weekend. Below them, we go into further details about what items are restricted or prohibited at MagnetiCon.
Respect Everyone: MagnetiCon is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free experience for everyone. If you feel like you are being harassed, pressured into doing something you are not happy with or are otherwise uncomfortable, do not hesitate to contact a member of the MagnetiCon Staff or a volunteer. You can find these people by looking for a MagnetiCon shirt. You also have to option of visiting the MagnetiCon Promo Team booth with any problems. For more information about our code of conduct, read our Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy.
Excessive Weight: Heavy props can be dangerous, particularly in crowds like the ones you might encounter in the vendor’s arena at MagnetiCon. We ask that all attendees keep in mind the weight of their props and costumes and make sure they will not cause any damage or become too unwieldy during a full day of fun at MagnetiCon.
Excessive Size: MagnetiCon will allow props or weapons which are up to 1.5 metres in overall length onto the show and exhibition floor. If your prop is larger than 1.5 meters and you would like to carry it around, you are required to email firstname.lastname@example.org 14 days prior to the event, and have it checked at the Weapons Checkin desk where will do a final inspection to see if it is safe to carry into the vendor’s hall. If you’re carrying your prop at any MagnetiCon event, including outside of the vendor’s arena, please remember to be aware of your surroundings and consider the comfort of your fellow attendees at all times.
State and Federal Weapons Legislation: Each state and territory of Australia has different legislation regarding weapons which included licensing, storage requirements and restricted items. You can find the links to the Queensland specific laws regarding imitation and replica firearms:
Queensland: QPS Weapons Categories and Licensing
For more information, please contact the state weapons licensing team via details within the above link.
Metal and other potentially hazardous materials: Props made from metal, glass and other materials that can be heavy or dangerous in any other way will have to be presented to Weapons Check for assessment. The weapons check team will be aiming to make sure that props are unlikely to cause any damage to people and property, even if the damage is accidental. Hazardous Materials includes but is not limited to: bio-hazardous, combustible and dangerous chemicals.
Weapons Check-In: is the first stop for any cosplayers with props which may require inspection. The MagnetiCon team will assess weapons and props to make sure they comply with all of the guidelines above and are safe to carry around the expo. If a prop is determined to be unsafe to be carried around the expo we will offer to store the item at weapons check-in. Items stored like this may be collected for photos outside of the vendor’s arena and for the cosplay competition and should be collected before leaving the expo. Prohibited items will be held for the duration of the day attended and only given back when the owner is leaving. If the prohibited item is found in breach of state or federal law, the police may be contacted. Final decisions regarding whether or not props and costumes will be allowed into the expo lie with MagnetiCon weapons check team members. Venue security and members of the MagnetiCon team may also request you check an item if they find you to be breaching of any of the above guidelines or behaving dangerously with your props or costume.
DISCLAIMER: Weapons and Props required to be held are done so at the owner’s risk. While every care is taken to make sure that items brought to or at the event are safe, MagnetiCon takes no responsibility for any damage dealt to props, weapons or cosplay items either on the person, or kept in the weapons check-in desk.
Below is more specific information about a variety of cosplay costume and prop related items which are restricted and should not be brought on site as well as what may be allowed provided items are inspected by weapons check upon arriving at the event.