Cool Costume of the Week

September 27, 2010

We’ve seen quite a few superhero costumes here at the Costume City blog, and we’re likely to see more as we get close to Halloween, but there are still some creative people out there who continue to put a new spin on classic costumes like this great Spider-Man costume. Spider-Man has always been a popular hero, and his simple costume has been worn by kids, and adults, all over the world. Different variations, including the Black Suit Spider-Man, have popped up, but I haven’t seen one like this before.

Spiderman costume

I like a few different things about this costume. First off, it doesn’t hide the entire face. While some people might not like this, I’ve always found wearing a mask to be stifling. I’m not sure how Spidey pulls it off, but having cloth over your face really makes it hard to breathe. Another thing that I like is how recognizable this Spider-Man costume is. Anyone who has read a Spider-Man comic, or seen the TV show, will be able to recognize the Spider Sense going off. Finally, and this really has nothing to do with the costume, this guy actually looks like Peter Parker. Where was he when Columbia Pictures was casting for the Spider-Man movies?

You don’t have to look like the person that you’re trying to imitate to pull of a costume, but it certainly helps. This guy didn’t have to buy a ton of fancy makeup for his costume, and most of the outfit could probably be found at a thrift store. As I’ve said before, the key to a good homemade costume is to pay attention to the defining characteristics. This Spider-Man costume uses the camera, the mask, and the little lightning bolts to define the character.

Check out our site for more great Spider-Man costumes to get your Spider Sense tingling.

Thanks to Costumepop.com for the picture.


Best Summer Movie Costume

September 8, 2010

The summer of 2010 saw some great movies released, and some even better summer movie costumes. Let’s take a look back at the the movies that made us say “Wow,” and had us itching to try on the best summer movie costumes.

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Alice in Wonderland

Directed by Tim Burton, this remake of the classic Disney movie, and the even older book by Lewis Carroll, starred Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, and Helea Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. The movie received mixed reviews, but was praised for its inspiring visuals, notably the costume designs by Colleen Atwood. Atwood has worked with Burton several times in the past. One problem with consumer costumes based on such visually appealing movies is that costumes usually fall flat when compared to what you see on the screen. In the case of Alice and Wonderland, the costume makers did an awesome job creating affordable costumes that accurately reproduce the movie counterparts. Alice in Wonderland costumes, particularly the Mad Hatter costume, are already big sellers, and as Halloween approaches they’re likely to continue to fly off the shelves.

Iron Man 2

Iron Man was a huge hit, and Iron Man 2 performed equally well, giving summer movie goers another visual feast with a redesigned Iron Man costume that was sleeker and more decked out than the predecessor. Robert Downey Jr. returned to his role as Tony Stark, the billionaire inventor turned superhero. Iron Man 2 performed well at the box office, and fans went rapid for an accurate movie costume. Several different versions were produced, including a collector’s Iron Man 2 costume that you would swear is the real thing. Iron Man costumes are hot sellers with kids and adults, and with the Avengers Movie slated for release in 2011, its sure to remain a popular choice.

Robin Hood

Ridley Scott, of Gladiator fame, once again teamed up with Russel Crowe for this action packed period piece, which featured a big budget and amazing costumes. The film garnered high praise for its artistic costumes and sets, but fans felt the story failed to build upon Robin Hood’s legacy. Despite the criticism, Robin Hood is worth seeing if you’re a costume fan, as Janty Yates’ costume’s bring the film to life. Yates previously worked alongside Scott and Crowe in Gladiator, and also worked on several successful films set in the present day. Robin Hood costumes are popular couples costumes due to the strong connection between Robin Hood and Maid Marian, and because the simple design offers great mobility for a party or night out.

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 produced some of the most popular summer movie costumes without even featuring any costumes in the film. Toy Story 3 was on of the most successful films of the summer, and it further proved that Pixar has the ability to continually produce blockbuster movie after blockbuster movie. Several fans reported that they cried when the film was over. The Toy Story franchise is immensely popular with kids, and that has helped to make Toy Story 3 costumes one of the biggest sellers of the year. Toy Story costumes are also popular with adults, whether its to impress the kids or a guilty pleasure is hard to say. The Toy Story characters appeal to a wide audience, at least as far as their costumes are concerned, because the designs are simple, but they also have a certain coolness about them. Buzz’s chest plate with extend-able wings isn’t so cutesy that older kids can’t enjoy it, and it isn’t so complex that younger children will struggle with all of the moving parts. With Halloween just around the corner, and the movie performing so well in theaters, Toy Story 3 costumes will continue to be big sellers.

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Who Knew Mice Could Sew?

September 1, 2010

Disney has a way of making people laugh without resorting to slapstick humor, at least not too much, and this video is the perfect example. If you don’t know the context, Cinderella has been forced to spend all of her free time doing chores so she won’t be able to finish sewing her dress for the ball. Lucky for her she has some very talented mice friends who happen to have outstanding sewing ability, in addition to a knack for putting together a catchy musical number. Watch and try not to giggle out loud at Gus.

If you’re feeling like putting together your own Cinderella outfit, and you don’t have any mice to help you, we’ve got plenty of choices. Check out these Cinderella costumes for inspiration, or to purchase one for yourself or a family member. Cinderella costumes are great for young girl’s with active imaginations who want to play dress-up, and they can be fun costumes for parties too.

There are tons of Halloween costumes available at Costume City, including Disney Princess costumes and more.


Throw A Toy Story Party

August 6, 2010
Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!

In case you’ve been  stuck in a toy chest, Toy Story 3 is one of the biggest hits of the year. To celebrate the movie’s success and to pay tribute to one of America’s favorite franchises, why not throw a Toy Story Party? It’s easier than you think.

Decorations
Decorating is simple, just make the party room look as much like a kid’s room as possible. If you have kids, or if you rent or borrow some, have them draw pictures with crayons. Hang the pictures on the wall but make sure that they’re hanging at funny angles. You can also put up Space Ranger and Cowboy posters like the ones Andy has in the movie. Streamers are a colorful decoration that you can put up to add a little bit of playfulness to a room.

Food
Toys don’t eat, but your guest certainly will want to. Start with toy themed foods like these awesome Play Dough Cookies. Other good snacks to set out include colorful candies like Skittles and M&Ms, and general party food like chips and salsa (not everything you serve has to be toy themed).

If you want to serve pizza, you can make your own box or at least just tell everyone that it is delivered from Pizza Planet, Andy’s favorite pizza place in the movie. You can also serve burgers, hot dogs or french fries with alien (green) ketchup from Heinz.

If you’re feeling up to it, or if there aren’t too many guests, you can have each person make their own Mr. Potato Head. This involves buying several potatoes, luckily they are cheap, and baking them before hand. Using different toppings you can make pieces to add to the potatoes. Olives can be used for eyes, sour cream can make a toothy smile, and a nose can be made out of a piece of green onion. These are just a few examples and you can probably think of more. This also makes a great activity if you need something for the guests to do for a few minutes.

Activities
There are lots of activities that you can plan for a Toy Story Party, and most of them are inexpensive as well as fun.

Pin the Badge on Woody
Print up a blown-up picture of Woody. You can do this at a print shop, or you can enlarge the image on your computer and print it out onto several sheets of paper. Hang the image on the wall. In order to protect your paint or wall paper, consider mounting the image on a piece of wood or cardboard. Give each of the participants a paper badge, have them write their name on it, and then blindfold them and see if they can stick the badge in the right spot with a piece of tape. Be sure to place Woody at an appropriate height for your guests.

Toy Story Etch A Sketch

Etch A Sketch Competition

Etch A Sketch Competition
This activity may cost a little more than the others, but you can do it with only one Etch A Sketch if you want to save money. Have an image, an easily recognizable character like Woody or Buzz works well, that everyone can try to duplicate. You can set-up the Etch A Sketch at a table and have guests come and try their hand at making a copy throughout the party. The goal is to Etch the best recreation of the image. You can leave a camera at the table so that people can record their work. Having a prize for the best drawing is a great way to get people to participate.

Army Men Hunt
Remember those little Green Army Men from when you were a kid? If you’ve still got them, now is a great chance to use them for a fun game. If you don’t have any, they are readily available at toy stores and online. Designate an area, either a room, an enclosed yard, or the whole house, as the area for the game. Before the party guests arrive, hide as many army men as you want in the area. The more army men you hide the longer the game will take. Have each person collect as many army men as they can, with the winner getting a prize. You can also have the contestants keep the army men, meaning that the most successful hunter will get the most army men.

Toy Story Costumes
No Toy Story party would be complete without a visit from the Buzz or Woody. These Buzz Lightyear Costumes and Woody Costumes are perfect for a guest appearance, and there are also plenty of other Toy Story costumes available if everyone wants to dress up.


7 Things You Didn’t Know About Cinderella

July 28, 2010

Disney CinderellaThe Cinderella story has been written in many languages and in many time periods, and Cinderella costumes have changed a little bit with each story. The classic tale of a young hero or heroine overcoming oppression and rising to the ranks of royalty has fascinated readers throughout history. Along the way Cinderella has had many names, including Critheanach, Rhodopis, Ye Xian, Aschenputtel and Cenerentola.

1. The story is thought to originate in the time of classical antiquity, around the year 1 BC. Remember that BC counts down to AD.

2. In a version of the Cinderella story from the Philippines, the Cinderella character’s fairy godmother is actually her real mother reincarnated, as a crab.

3. In one of the most popular versions of Cinderella, published in 1697, Cinderella wore fur boots, not glass slippers. During translation, the word vair, or fur, may have been mistaken for the word verre, which means glass. Although probably not as comfortable, the glass slipper has stuck ever since.

4. The Cinderella story has spawned 10 operas, more than five ballets, and at least one ice show.

5. Cinderella is so popular that she even has her own medical condition. Colette Dowling coined the term “Cinderella complex” to describe her theories about women’s fear of becoming independent. The fear results from an unconscious desire to be taken care of by others. The name was chosen because although Cinderella exhibits a will to break out of her situation, she is unable to use her own strength to do so and must have help from an outside source.

6. Cinderella Castle at Disney World is Disney’s tallest structure, standing 189 feet. Space Mountain is a close second at 183 feet.

7. The Disney studio was deep in dept when it released the Cinderella movie in 1950. Many considered the film a last ditch effort to save the company. The enormous success of the movie carried Disney’s production through the 1950s.

I hope you’re feeling enlightened, and the next time you watch or read Cinderella, just image all the different changes the story has gone through in the last 2000 years.

If you’re feeling like dressing up to celebrate Cinderella’s success, or you just want to look like one of literature’s most popular characters, check out this huge selection of Cinderella costumes, including the incredibly popular and recently back in stock Adult Cinderella Costume. There is also a crab costume for those of you that like that version of the story better.


Superhero Costume Roundup

July 19, 2010

You can’t walk past a movie theater without seeing a poster for a new superhero movie, especially after the success of films like Iron Man 2 and Batman: The Dark Knight. Some of the superhero movies slated for release in the next couple of months are looking like they’re going to have some pretty cool costumes, so read on to get a sneak peek at what might be next Halloween’s most popular costumes.

Captain America
There aren’t any action shots from the new Captain America movie available yet, but we do have this nicely drawn up version of the costume. Of course, one problem with comic book movies is that the drawings always look much better before they make the transition to real life. If the Captain America team can duplicate this costume for Chris Evans, the actor playing Cap, then I think it will work. The design isn’t as outlandish as most superhero costumes, and this is certainly something that you could almost see someone wearing, someone who has super strength and endurance that is.

Captain America Movie Costume

Captain America Movie Costume

Captain America Costume

Captain America Costume from Costume City

Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds is starring as the Green Lantern in a movie that, up until a few days ago, was being well received by fans. The first images of the costume were just released and some fans started losing faith in the project. The controversy even made the front page of Yahoo news. The costume is a little different than the traditional Green Lantern costume, which is very simple. The new movie costume has added muscular definition and metallic looking lines similar to the Spider-Man movie costumes. You can judge for yourself, but I’m thinking that if this movie does well the costume is going to be very popular.

Green Lantern Movie Costume

Green Lantern Costume

Thor
Thor is yet another movie that fans were buzzing about until they saw the movie costumes. Well, they’re still buzzing, but it isn’t as positively. The new costume for the movie are much heavier looking than Thor’s traditional comic book outfit, and fans don’t like how futuristic it looks. In my opinion the Thor costume looks pretty good, but I don’t know about Odin and Loki’s outfit. I’ve always felt that Norse character should be a little bit more rugged looking, even if they are Gods.

Thor Movie Costumes

Thor, on the left, Odin, and Loki

Thor Costume

Thor Costume from Costume City

Costume City has tons of other superhero costumes, including Batman costumes, Superman costumes and Spider-Man costumes. Check back often for updates on the latest and most popular costumes.


2010 Halloween Costume Preview

July 14, 2010

Halloween is just around the corner, it’s a big corner, but it is never too late to start getting ready. Shopping for a Halloween costume early is a great way to save time, save money and avoid the hassle of shopping the week before Halloween. To help you get those new Halloween costume ideas rolling, we have a preview of the most popular new 2010 Halloween costumes.

Avatar Costumes
Remember the movie Avatar? It made lots of money or something like that. Avatar costumes are selling almost as fast as the movie tickets did, and they’re sure to be a popular costume for Halloween. Thanks to the success of the movie, there are lots of Avatar costumes and Avatar accessories to choose from. Join the Na’vi this Halloween in their battle to save Pandora.

Child Neytiri Costume Adult Neytiri Costume Jake Sully Costume

Alice in Wonderland Costume
Alice in Wonderland costume let you take a trip down the rabbit hole. The classic Alice in Wonderland movie from Disney provided lots of great costumes for kids, and Tim Burton’s remake did the same for adults. These new costumes are awesome for a costume party or for couples costumes to dress up together. These Alice in Wonderland costumes are based on the movie outfits, so everyone is sure to recognize you this Halloween.

Alice In Wonderland Costume Mad Hatter Costume Kid's Alice in Wonderland Costume

Baby Costumes
Baby costumes are growing in popularity, and each year there are more and more styles available. These baby costumes are cute and comfortable, making them a great choice for you and your baby. The costume material is soft enough that your baby will love wearing it, and it’s strong enough to be worn multiple times, making it a fun outfit for play.

Baby Puppy Costume Baby Blossom Costume Baby Lion Costume