Archive for August, 2009

Remember Frankenberry? Dress up like Frankenberry!

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Back before the time of Kashi and Peace cereal drowned in Silk, mothers freely gave their children processed sugar and whole milk (from a cow). Frankenberry added some vitamins to his sweet breakfast creation, but-let’s be honest-it isn’t exactly healthy. Actually, come to think of it, is Frankenberry still even made? Oh dear God, I hope so!

Of course, the cereal does cause Hematemesis, popularly referred to as “Frankenberry Stool” or “oh super weird my poop is pink!”, because of the use of dyes that the body can’t breakdown. Don’t let this deter you from dressing like this classic character for your next costume event, though! Check out this fantastic full Frankenberry get-up:

Frankenberry Costume

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Turtle Power!

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Any parent or child of the 80s remembers the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They annoyed moms and dads to no end, but the kids couldn’t get enough. Ever wonder how the Ninja Turtles came to be? Read this from Wikipedia:

“The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles originated in an American comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984 in Northampton, Massachusetts. The concept arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Kevin Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming with his friend Peter Laird. Using money from a tax refund together with a loan from Eastman’s uncle, the young artists self-published a single issue comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the early 1980s: Marvel Comics’ Daredevil and New Mutants, Dave Sim’s Cerebus and Frank Miller’s Ronin.

Much of the Turtles’ mainstream success is owed to a licensing agent, Mark Freedman, who sought out Eastman and Laird to propose wider merchandising opportunities for the offbeat property. In 1986, Dark Horse Miniatures produced a set of 15 mm lead figurines. In January 1988, they visited the offices of Playmates Toys Inc, a small California toy company who wished to expand into the action figure market. Development initiated with a creative team of companies and individuals: Jerry Sachs, famous ad man of Sachs-Finley Agency, brought together the animators at Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, headed by award-winning animator Fred Wolf. Wolf and his team combined concepts and ideas with Playmates marketing crew, headed by Karl Aaronian and then VP of Sales, Richard Sallis and VP of Playmates, Bill Carlson. Aaronian brought on several designers and concepteer and writer John Schulte and worked out the simple backstory that would live on toy packaging for the entire run of the product and show. Sachs called the high-concept pitch “Green Against Brick.” The sense of humor was honed with the collaboration of MWS’s writers, Walk Kubiak, Aaronian, Schulte and Sachs. Playmates and their team (Sallis, Aaronian, Carlson, Schulte & Sachs), essentially, served as associate producers and contributing writers to the mini-series that was first launch to sell-in the toy action figures. Phrases like “Heroes in a Half Shell” and many of the comical catch phrases and battle slogans (“Turtle Power!”) came from the writing and conceptualization of this creative team. As the series developed, veteran writer Jack Mendelsohn came on board as both a story editor and scriptwriter. David Wise, Michael Charles Hill and Michael Reaves wrote most of the scripts, taking input via Mendelsohn and collaborating writer Schulte and marketing maven Aaronian.

The mini-series was repeated twice before it found an audience. Once the product started selling, the show got syndicated and picked up and backed by Group W, which funded the next round of animation. The show then went network, on CBS. Accompanied by the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987 TV series, and the subsequent action figure line, the TMNT were soon catapulted into pop culture history. At the height of the frenzy, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Turtles’ likenesses could be found on a wide range of children’s merchandise, from PEZ dispensers to skateboards, breakfast cereal, toothpaste, video games, school supplies, linens, towels, cameras, and even toy shaving kits.

In the 2000s there has been a resurgence in the Turtles’ popularity with the success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 TV series, a new line of Playmates action figures, Konami and Ubisoft’s video games, and the 2007 CGI movie.”

The action pack is calling you, so get ready for some real action! Relive the adventures of these mutated turtles with their attractive costumes available with us here at Costume Shop. The Raphael Costume, Michelangelo and the Donatello costumes, all Ninja Turtle Costumes have a muscle bodysuit with soft vinyl turtle shell, knee pads, elbow pads and vacuform mask. 14 inch daggers and plastic grip swords can be added as arms in the tradition of the Ninja warriors. You can also opt for the Ninja Turtle Nunchuks which give that realistic look.

Ninja Turtle Costumes

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Dress up like Curious George

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Curious George is a children’s book series written by Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey. The books main character is a curious monkey named George, who is owned by “The Man with The Yellow Hat.” Although George is from Africa, they live in a city together.

Interesting from Wikipedia:

“Around the world, the adventures of Curious George have been translated in many languages, and George takes on names such as “Peter Pedal” in Denmark, “Nysgjerrige Nils” in Norway, “Nicke Nyfiken” in Sweden, “Hitomane Kozaru” in Japan, “Choni Ha’Sakran” in Israel and “Jorge el Curioso” in Spanish speaking countries. In the United Kingdom, George was originally called “Zozo”, apparently to avoid using the name of the then king George VI for a monkey.”

Your son or daughter will look adorable in this costume:

Curious George Costume

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Dress up like Aladdin

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Aladdin is a classic Disney character and is an easy costume for Halloween. Since a bit of time has past since the realease of the film, fewer people will be dressing up as Aladdin making it a more unique item this season. Aladdin is a perfect un-offensive way to dress up this year for a family party.

Kids love this character and his monkey sidekick, Apu; their advenures with Genie enchanted a generation of children. For the character Apu, maybe consider dressing up a stuffed animal and placing it on the shoulder. If you’re in a darker mood this Halloween, Jafar-the sorcerer-would be an excellent choice as well.

Aladdin Halloween Costume

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Hannah Montana Halloween Costume

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Tween Idol, Hannah Montana, is sure to be a hit this Halloween. The Disney star has taken in tens of millions of dollars from little girls everywhere and she wants your princess to dress up like Hannah Montana for Halloween. It’s going to be one of the hottest costumes of this Halloween season, so don’t miss out! This singing-acting super star is so popular that her costumes are sure to be out of stock soon, so-unless you want to hear your daughter crying come Halloween- order early!

Your daughter’s ticket to instant popularity and acceptance amongst her peers is only one Halloween costume away! Check out this fantastic Hannah Montana costume:

Miley Cyrus Thanks You

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Dress up like Jack Bauer

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Dress up like Jack Bauer! It’s an easy costume idea that’s really creative. Jack Bauer, of the television series 24, is the American hero renegade FBI agent who works to protect the freedom our country’s fine citizens. Even when the government or “law” is in the way of his goal. Whether saving the president or fighting the proliferation of biological weapons within the United States, Jack Bauer is an excellent choice for Halloween.

It’s a simple costume for a guy, or manly woman, of any age. Take a look at this kit that includes everything anyone needs to look like they’re saving the world

Jack Bauer Costume

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Dress up like Ms. Pac-man

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

A blast from the past this primary yellow hungry lady is a unique costume idea that will leave your friends laughing. Ms. Pac-man is a classic game that made millions in the 80s from school-age kids addicted to the compulsive fun of the arcade. Now the games have been retired to bars where the now adults lose their beer money on the same machines.

The hilarious winking cutie will be the talk of your next costume event! Primary colors and the 80s are back in a big way; Miss Pacman is as fresh as ever.

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Paula Abdul quits American Idol

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

With “sadness in her heart,” Paul Abdul is calling it quits and is leaving American Idol. She has been a judge on the show for the last 8 seasons and will certainly be missed by 12 year old girls all over the world. She was an inspiration to aspiring tween pop stars and the Disney set.

Reasons for the departure are rumored to be centered around what Paula Abdul thought of as unfair compensation comparable to her Idol counterparts. She reportedly was to receive the least in return for her continued participation in the wildly popular talent show.

Costumes and make up were a big part of Paula’s life, disguising her age and abused skin. Once a beautiful pop-star the now has-been twice over will almost certainly fall back into seclusion as she spends the rest of her days in a Norma Desmond esque crazed delusion. You can start your own daughter on the path to success, though! Look at this perfect rock star costume for a child:

Your Child Star

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Weed in a Can

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

An Arizona company has released a response to the onslaught of thousands of new energy drinks: a relaxation drink. Dubbed “Weed in a Can” the drink, “Drank”, has natural ingredients that induce a calming effect. The 16 ounce beverage is labeled with a warning that only two should be consumed in a 24 hour period.

Fans of “Drank” say it helps them relax and obtain a good night’s rest. Opponents say that it feeds into a positive portrayal of a dangerous substance. The manufacturer and distributers dispute this and are looking to expand production in the near future.

Why not channel your inner hippie, kick back and open a can of “Drank?” Although their website crashed due to extreme traffic, it can be found at:

Weed in a Can

Once you’ve relaxed a bit and are in a more whimsical mood why not dress the part of the longhaired with this hippie costume kit (under $6.00):

Expand your mind, Man!

Get toasty and have fun kids!

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