Cool Costume of the Week for 06/11/2010

June 11, 2010

Here at CostumeCity.Com we’re starting another new column in addition to our Homemade vs. Store-bought column that we started this week. The new column is called Cool Costume of the Week and it will profile one or two cool costumes that we find during our long hours spent perusing various costume sites online.

This week we’re featuring a costume that has gotten quite a bit of praise on the internet already, but I figured it deserved another look. This Iron Man costume was built by TMP and a few other collaborators. In addition to looking awesome, the costume also features a full range of motion. I’m not quite sure how many hours went into making this bad boy, but I’m will to bet that it was more than went into writing this post. I’ve tried to cobble together some information from various forums, and I hope that everything posted here is accurate. According to TMP, “The armor will be mainly constructed from solid glassfiber work with rich details all over. The armor will come finished painted either in the original Mark III colors or custom paint colors.” Kudos to all the guys that worked on this. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves from here on out.

Click here for more information about the TMP Iron Man costume

Before you go out and build you own superhero suit, check out the Iron Man costumes at CostumeCity.Com.


Homemade Vs. Store-bought: Bert & Ernie

June 9, 2010


We’re going to take a break from our Toy Story profiles to introduce a new column that we’re going to be doing titled Homemade vs. Store-bought. This column is going to compare homemade costumes with those you can buy in the store, so that people reading can make an educated guess on the best route to go. Certain store bought costumes don’t look as realistic as some people want, but getting a costume to look perfect can take hours, and sometimes the personal investment isn’t worth it. Our topic for today is Bert and Ernie, so we’ll look at a few homemade costumes and take a look at the professional costumes that we have in our store.

First we’ll look at the costumes that we offer in our store. We sell a complete Ernie costume that includes everything you need. The headpiece is plush so it should be comfortable and not too hard on the neck. This costume doesn’t take any time to put together, but it may be more expensive than some of the homemade examples. The costume retails for $80.

Ernie Costume

We also sell Bert and Ernie Masks if you are interested in saving money and finding the clothes yourself. The Masks are $32 each and are similar to the one included with the costume. Buying a mask is a great way to cut down on the cost of a costume if you can find the right clothing at a second hand store. Unfortunately, sometimes the right pattern or design can be tough to find.

Ernie Mask

Bert Mask


There are a couple of differnt ways to go about making your own Bert and Ernie costumes. This costume used foam to make the heads. While this process may be cheaper, it can be very time consuming and one screw up can result in the whole project being ruined.

Bert and Ernie costumes from

This costume was made out of cardboard and cloth foam. This is a simpler process and may be cheaper than purchasing a costume or carving the head out of foam.

Homemade Bert and Ernie costume from

Let us know which costume you like the best or if you have any good tips on making your own Bert and Ernie costumes. CostumeCity.Com has lots of Elmo costumes and Sesame Street costumes, so check out our store if you’re shopping for a Halloween costume.

A Look at the Cast of Toy Story 3: Buzz Lightyear

June 1, 2010

Buzz Lightyear originally appeared in the 1995 release of Disney’s Toy Story. Since then he has gone on to appear in the two subsequent Toy Story films, his own feature film, a TV show and he ventured into space for a stay on the International Space Station. Buzz Lightyear was given to Andy (who owns all of the toys in Toy Story) as a gift for his birthday. After being unwrapped, Buzz insisted that he was the real Buzz Lightyear, not a toy. Conflict immediately arose between Woody and Buzz because it appeared that Buzz was taking over Woody’s spot as Andy’s favorite. This conflict eventually escalated and led to Woody and Buzz being trapped in Sid’s house. After seeing his likeness on a TV commercial, Buzz realized his true identity and become depressed. He eventually overcomes this depression to help save Woody from Sid.

Buzz Lightyear

Buzz’s rise in populartiy eventually caused him to outgrow the Toy Story franchise, and he went on to star in his own movie, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and in his own similarly named TV show. The spin-off movie and TV show both follow the real Buzz Lightyear on his mission to stop the Evil Emperor Zurg.  Following the success of his show, Buzz got a chance to actually go into space aboard the Discovery Space Shuttle. Buzz got to stay aboard the International Space Station for 6 months as part of the educational NASA program Toys in Space. Buzz’s popularity stems from his ability to connect with a large age group. His toy-like nature gives him appeal with younger children, and the space ranger motif makes him interesting to older children. This combination gives Buzz a certain cool that the other Toy Story characters don’t have. We’ll have to see what kind of adventures Buzz gets into in the new movie, but in the meantime check out these Buzz Lightyear costumes.

Kid's Buzz Lightyear Costume

Adult Buzz Lightyear Costume

Deluxe Adult Buzz Lightyear Costume

Buzz's Jet Pack

Only a few days left until Toy Story 3 hits theaters. Keep checking back for more profiles with interesting tidbits about your favorite characters. Don’t forget to check out CostumeCity.Com’s Toy Story costumes for everything you need to get ready for the new movie.

A Look at the Cast of Toy Story 3: Sheriff Woody

May 27, 2010

Toy Story 3 comes out in a couple of weeks, so we’re going to look at the characters that have made this movie series so memorable. First up,  Sheriff Woody. Woody has been the Toy Story protagonist since the first Toy Stoy movie was released in 1995. Woody’s costume has become iconic due to the success of the movies, but his voice has always been what fans recognized the most. Tom Hanks provides the voice of Woody, and he agreed to do the part after a short clip was put together featuring Woody with a voice-over from one of Hanks earlier movies. This was Tom Hanks first appearance in an animated film.

Woody has always been a do-gooder, and he was the fearless leader of the toys before Buzz’s arival. He continued to be the voice of reason as the other toys were wowed by Buzz’s laser and impressive wing-span. What makes Woody a great character, and a character that you can base multiple movies around, are his flaws. Woody has a prideful streak, and along with that a jealous streak, that continually gets him into trouble. The audience knows that Woody has a good heart, and his struggle to overcome his pride creates the conflict that makes Toy Story such a great movie. Enough with the philisophical analysis though, check out all of the different iterations of the Woody costume.

Infant Woody Costume


Kids Woody Costume

Child Woody Costume

Adult Woody Costume

 There are lots of great Woody Costumes available, and you can make your own without too much trouble. Toy Story costumes are great for groups or couples because the characters are so memorable. Check out Costume City for more great Toy Story costumes for the release of Toy Story 3.

More Iron Man

May 21, 2010

CostumeCity.Com has a large selection of  Iron Man costumes, and we’re going to look at how they stack up with the real thing.  This first one is the Adult Iron Man Mark VI Collector’s Edition. It is a very swanky looking costume and would be great for anyone who really wants to get into the Iron Man spirit. Can you tell which costume is from the movie and which one is the store bought variety? I’ll give you the hint: the one on the left is a lot cheaper than the one on the right.

This costume is a kid’s Mark VI model featuring a light up chest. This is a a top-of-the-line kid’s costume and features padded muscles. This is the perfect costume for kid’s to fly around in without bumping and bruising themselves.

Finally we have this women’s Iron Man costume. The Ironette Deluxe costume takes the classic Iron Man colors and logos and repackages them in a sassy outfit perfect for any party.

We have lots more Iron Man costumes in our store, and we have some great Iron Man Party Supplies perfect for any fan. Post pictures of your own homemade Iron Man costume and we can compare. Check this out to see what you’re up against.