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 http://www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com

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 http://www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com

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: The Green Army Men

June 8, 2010

The Green Army Men first appeared in the original Toy Story movie, and their popularity grew because of their association with the real life Green Army Men toys.  The Green Army Men play an integral role in the first scene of the movie where Andy’s toys are attempting to find out what new toys Andy will get for his birthday. The army men are very militant, much like one would suspect them to be, and this clues the viewer into the idea that even though the toys are alive, they take on the characteristics that are associated with them as toys.

Green Army Men

Following the movie, there was a resurgence in the sale of Green Army Men, and several licensed Toy Stoy products were released to capitalize on the success of the movie. Toy Story brought to life the play-time fantasy of millions of kids who have played with green army men before, and this was a big part of why the characer(s) were such a hit. The Green Army men didn’t have an original costume, rather, they were simply copied from the existing toys. That doesn’t mean that you can’t fun some fun this Halloween and dress up like a Green Army Man though. The Green Army Man costume is great for Halloween or any other event, and it can be fun to try and imitate the army men from the Toy Story movie. CostumeCity.Com has two different Green Army Men costumes, one adult sized costume and one kid sized costume. Both costumes include four pieces, the jumpsuit, the boots, the hood and the helmet. Turning yourself into one of the most beloved toys of all time has never been easier. ‘Ten Hut!

Adult Green Army Man Costumes

Kid's Green Army Man Costume

 There are only one and  a half weeks left until we get to see the Green Army Men in action again in Toy Story 3. Get your tickets for the movie and get your costumes ready to celebrate the third installment in the Toy Story trilogy.