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Lara Croft, Guinness World Record Breaker

Lara Croft earns two new Guinness World Records as part of the franchise's 20th anniversary celebrations

October 2016 was an insanely busy month for Ms Croft.

Not only did Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration finally land on Playstation 4, it was also the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider (1996), the game that launched Lara Croft into superstardom.

And if that wasn’t enough, our fictional heroine was also awarded two new Guinness World Records: “Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Lara Croft” and “Most Magazine Covers for a Video Game Character”.

“Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Lara Croft”

The first of the two Guinness World Records was awarded at this year’s Paris Game Week.

Some 270 Tomb Raider fans took part in Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix’s official cosplay gathering on Saturday 29th October, some of them having travelled to France specially for this event.

Photo montage of all the cosplayers that took in Paris Games Week's official cosplay gathering

Photo montage of all the cosplayers that took in Paris Games Week’s official cosplay gathering (Image credit: Crystal Dynamics & Antony Gomes Photographe)

Fans, young and old, came together to show their love for the character and donned a variety of outfits from the games, films, comics, and even years-old promotional renders.

You can see a full gallery of photos from this record-breaking event over on Flickr.

“Most Magazine Covers for a Video Game Character”

The second of the awards celebrated Lara Croft’s widespread cultural impact and, more specifically, her many appearances on magazine covers.

Earlier this year, Crystal Dynamics called on fans to help them create an archive of magazine covers featuring the gun-toting adventurer. As it turns out, Lara has appeared (in some form) on the cover of at least 1,230 different magazines around the world.

A tiny selection of the many covers Lara Croft has appeared on over her 20-year history

A tiny selection of the many covers Lara Croft has appeared on over her 20-year history

And not just on the covers of video game magazines. Ms Croft has been featured on a number of lifestyle, film, and other cultural publications over her twenty-year history, a true testament to her iconic status both on and off the screen.

A full archive of magazine covers featuring Lara Croft can be found on the official Tomb Raider Flickr account.


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About Kelly M (396 Articles)
A Gibraltarian-born blogger, gamer, and archaeology enthusiast with a passion for languages and wildlife conservation. Tweets under the username @TombRaiderArch and runs the official fansite, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider.

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