Cool Costume of the Week

August 20, 2010

It’s cute, it’s adorable, it’s baby Godzilla! A costume doesn’t have to be super elaborate or require specialty construction skills to make it as the cool costume of the week. Sometimes all you need is a little originality and a really cute baby.

Cool Baby Costume

Someone check that kid's food!

Dragon costumes are actually really easy to make, all you need is a green jumper and a little bit of light green fabric for the stomach. Adding the teeth, eyes, ears and spikes are bonus, but they really do make the costume look good. This baby costume doesn’t differ much from others except that the parents went ahead and accessorized with a flame throwing pacifier. This is the sort of extra touch that can really make a costume stand out. Another cool idea would have been to stick a toy knight on the pacifier or give the kid a little plush knight to mangle and chew on.

There are lots of great baby costumes at http://www.costumecity.com
Thanks to CostumePop for the image.


Cool Costume of the Week for July 30

July 30, 2010

We’ve looked at some pretty cool costumes so far, but none of them have had the double function of this week’s cool costume(s) of the week. Go ahead and watch the video below, goofy music aside, these are truly some impressive costumes.

What makes these costumes so great, apart from the fact that they’re able to transform from a robot into a car, is how accurate both the robot and the vehicle recreations are. My personal favorite is the Construcacons in the second clip. The bulldozer with the flip up dozer is perfect, just like I would imagine the actual robot transforming.

I surfed the web a bit to try and find a detailed explanation about how to make something like this, but it seems that these guys are keeping their plans a secret. Rumor has it there is a video on youtube.com of how to make one of these costumes, but I couldn’t find it. Let us know if you have a link to a good explanation of how these costumes work.


Cool Costume of the Week for July 16, 2010

July 16, 2010

This week’s cool costume isn’t quite as advanced as last week’s, but it still captures the fun of making your own costume at home. Brad Methvin put together this Lego Star Wars Boba Fett for his 3 yr. old son. Methvin did a great job with the proportions, duplicating the Lego version of Boba Fett almost exactly. I really like the over-sized helmet and the hands.

Lego Bobat Fett Costume

Lego Bobat Fett Costume

The costume is a really good representation of the simple design that Lego uses to represent otherwise complex parts of a character. If you look at the next picture, which also shows how the costume was put together, you can see that Boba Fett’s chest piece has been simplified from a three dimensional piece of armor into a flat sticker. Methvin’s costume duplicates this perfectly. Methvin’s son certainly likes it, he’s smiling away in the last picture.

Lego Boba Fett Costume

Lego Boba Fett Costume

Lego Boba Fett Costume

Lego Boba Fett Costume

CostumeCity.Com has lots of great Star Wars costumes, including Darth Vader costumes and Jedi Costumes.


Cool Costume of The Week for 07/09/2010

July 9, 2010

Are you ready for complete and utter costume awesomeness? If you’re sitting down, and are adequately prepared, take a look at the video below of Pete Mander’s Elite costume from Halo.

Wow. That guy is incredible. Check out the detail in the face, in addition to all the moving parts and the ability to walk around with the costume on.

Pete Mander's Elite Mask

That is one sweet looking costume. If you’re a big Halo fan, we have some collector’s edition Master Cheif Halo costumes available, and you might just be able to go toe-to-toe with Mander’s costume. We also have a standard Spartan Halo costume, and all the Halo accessories, like the Halo helmet, that you need to complete your Halo costume.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Halo story, it follows the Master Chief, one of the last remaining Spartan Super Soldiers, on a mission to protect Earth from a number of different foes. The main enemies consist of the Covenant, of which the Elite seen in the video above is a member, and the Flood, a parasitic race that feeds on sentient life. The games have been hugely successful, and they’ve gone on to spawn books, toys, games, a potential movie and some crazy looking costumes.

More information about Pete Mander here.


Cool Costume of the Week for 6/25/2010

June 24, 2010

This week’s cool costume sticks to theme of most of our recent updates, Toy Story 3. This homemade Buzz Lightyear costume is an impressive replica of the our favorite Space Ranger; the chest piece look great for a do-it yourself project. I like that the ranger outfit has a bulky look, which many of the store-bought Buzz Lightyear costumes are lacking. As an added bonus, this week’s costume also includes a step-by-step guide on how to reproduce it yourself. Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure.


Made by seamster at instructables.com

Made by seamster at instructables.com

This is a really cool costume not only because it represents the character well, but also because you could make it yourself. Congratulations to seamster for putting together such a great costume for his kids.

We’ve got a runner up for the Cool Costume of the Week with this professionally done Buzz costume.

Buzz Lightyear Costume by Bruno

See you next week for another edition of the Cool Costume of the Week.


June 22, 2010

Today was a sunny day in Seattle, on of the first, and hopefully there will be plenty more before the Summer is over. If you’re still trying to think of an idea for a Summer party, we have another great suggestion for you today. Alice in Wonderland has always been a popular story, and the release of the new Alice in Wonderland movie has made it even more popular. If you want to dress up and throw a great summer party, have your friends over for an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party.

Costumes
Alice in Wonderland delighted audiences not only because it was a great story, but also because it had such an intriguing cast of characters. While not all of the characters attended the tea party in the movie, they can certainly attend yours. There should be at least one Alice costume, and a Mad Hatter costume. These two characters play a central role in the movie, and their absence would affect the effectiveness of the theme. There are plenty of other characters that can attend, and there are lots of costumes available including The Queen of Hearts costume and the Cheshire Cat. It is okay to have more than one costume representing a character, as each person can put their own spin on the costume, like this White Rabbit costume and this women’s Mad Hatter costume.

Set-up
If you have a big backyard, put several tables together end to end so that they form one large table. This mimics the set-up of the Mad Hatter’s tea party and will make your guests feel like they’re part of the movie. You can also use some colored streamers throughout the yard to give it a slightly crazy feel. Try tilting hanging plants and other decorations so that they are just a little bit different than normal.

Food
Since this is a tea party, you will probably want to serve tea. You can have have several different tea bags available and each person can make their own, or you can brew a large pot and serve everyone. If it is a hot day, you can also serve iced tea to help keep your guests cool.

Serve plenty of tea snacks like finger sandwiches and other appetizers. Cheese and cracker plates, and just about any other variety plate, make an excellent tea part options. Small cookies and pastries also go well with tea, so you can include those in the menu if you want.

Activities
The Alice in Wonderland movie has plenty of activities that you can draw ideas from. You can set up a croquet course in the yard and have guests compete to see who can get the best score. You can also give each guest a rose, and then let them paint it. If you don’t want to buy roses, you can have a contest to see who can paint the best rose on a piece of paper.

Throwing an Alice in Wonderland party doesn’t require much effort, and you’re free to add your own crazy touches. Your guests will enjoy the fun of being part of a theme and everyone gets to enjoy themselves.


Cool Costume of the Week for 6/18/2010

June 18, 2010

Wow, another week has gone by already and it’s time for another iteration of the Cool Costume of the Week. This week’s cool costume comes to us from Minneapolis,  Minnesota. This PacMan costume is a crazy piece of homemade engineering and sheer costume ingenuity, with movable jaws and built-in speakers that play the PacMan theme song. Most of the materials use to make this costume are easy to find, and they should be available from any neighborhood hardware store. The total costume was estimated to cost around $500, but that included several reworks in the design and not shopping around, so a similar costume could probably be made for less.  Here are a couple of pictures of the finished product.

PacMan Costume

PacMan Costume

Check out this link for an almost complete walkthrough of the process with pictures and explanations included.

This is a great costume because it captures the fundamental nature of the character it imitates. Big round yellow body? Check. Chomping jaws? Check. I guess it doesn’t get much easier than that, but I still think this is a stellar costume. One thing to keep in mind when making your own costume is that you don’t have to copy every detail of the character. In this case, there aren’t many details to copy, but in a more complex costume you can often focus more on one or two important aspects of a characters. As Halloween gets closer we’re going to see more and more crazy costumes so check back for our next Cool Costume of the Week.

As an added bonus, here is a video of the mouth moving! Awesome!