Sunday, November 7, 2010

Costume Crazyness 2010

Back when Weird Jon wrote "Son of Shameless Cross Promotion," he had no idea that the "Costume Crazyness" series would be dropped from URBMN the very next year due to changes in the site's format and would be moved to Gravedigger's Local 16. Neither did I, for that matter, but the site had changed so much since then and both the owner and I agreed that it would make more sense over here, Sadly, this happened after I had written my update for the Halloween countdown and what little free time I had was soon devoured by other things. So rather than disappoint fans of the series by not doing a 2010 installment I decided to post it in November, just like a Halloween episode for any given animated comedy series on Fox. But enough about that, let's get to the knock-offs and other assorted costume oddities!

Holy crap, they made a Pai Mei knock-off? That's...pretty cool, actually. It's a shame they referred to a Chinese character as a Japanese "sensei" rather than the proper "sifu." They also lose style points for not calling it a Bak Mei costume.

Scream knock-offs? That is so 1996. I am somewhat impressed by the fact that the last one is also a knock-off of Ex Mortis' Stalkarounds. You rarely see something rip off two different costumes at the same time.

This is just a "Ragga Muffin Sailor" costume and not Raggedy Andy. Right...


I'll give the manufacturer of this "Killer Mechanic" costume credit, they didn't go out of their way to make the picture look like Michael Myers in any way. But the style of those coveralls (and the fact that nobody ever dresses up as a killer mechanic) give the game away. The same can't be said for this "Overalls" costume, though.

Speaking of coveralls, this is the weirdest Jason costume I've ever seen. The bell bottom pants, the disproportionate arms and head, the mullet... this is like a live action representation of what would happen if David Gonterman tried drawing Jason Voorhees.

This "Pop Angel" wig irks me. If you already make a wig that looks like Lady Gaga's hairstyle, why not release it as is and let her fans make the obvious connection. Do they really think people would be too dumb to not notice the similarity without the stupid name?

While we're on the subject of wigs, let's move along to this "Sexy Blues Singer" wig that's clearly supposed to be Amy Winehouse. Can she really be called a blues singer? Or "sexy," for that matter? I thought the term "sexy" had a restraining order against Winehouse. At least this "Rehab" wig is more accurate.

Hoo hoo, I invented knock-off masks Robin. Tell 'em Fred!

That half a shark is eating Con Bro Chill! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Why would anyone want, let alone need, "Billy Bob Werewolf Teeth?"

The name of this costume is astoundingly accurate.

Um, what?

What a lazy Papa Smurf costume picture. They really couldn't spring fore some blue face paint and gloves? I mean, even that kids' Michael Myers knock-off I discussed earlier managed to do that.

This isn't a costume, it's a t-shirt and novelty skirt. Oh, and anyone who has "Secret Wishes" about Spongebob Squarepants needs serious help.

I think I just discovered where Early Cuyler buys his hats. Hell yeah!

What's wrong with this Snooki costume (Besides the fact that Jersey Shore costumes exist)? For starters, it's thin. It desperately needs a fat suit (or a gift certificate to an all-you-can buffet) and a can of orange house paint if it wants to be an accurate Snooki costume.

What's the biggest problem with this "sexy" Avatar costume? Well, aside from the Na'vi not being sexy, the design for this costume is exactly the same for the kid's Avatar costume.

Is it too soon to joke about this?

Best. King. Kong. Knock-off. Ever!

It boggles my mind that American Greetings would be okay someone making sexy Strawberry Shortcake costumes. There's a Beepo the Clown joke to be made about this, but I don't have the heart to do it. Oh, and that last link? EXTREMELY NSFW.

What's a Halloween without costumes based on hurtful ethnic stereotypes? Highly desired but sadly always out of reach. What's next, a "Moneylender" costume?

I know toy companies often put out "battle damaged" versions of characters as an easy way to pad out a toy line, but since when did costume companies get in on the act?

The product description for the "You In Bed With A Hot Blonde" costume says "This might be the only way you can score on Halloween night." They're being too generous, as wearing this will guarantee that you won't get laid that night (if ever). Come to think of it, this will also guarantee very difficult trips to the bathroom.

This Article is Dedicated in Loving Memory of Con Bro Chill

2 comments:

Trick or Treat Pete said...

That King Kong costume is off the hook! It makes me think of the King Kong Barbie that came out a few years back
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51H7GSW3HDL.jpg

The female Robin costume is more accurate than people think as there actually were to female Robins, Stephanie Brown, who then became Spoiler, and now is the current Batgirl
http://yourmomsbasement.com/batmanisawesome/files/2009/09/robin4da2.gif
And Carrie Kelly who now is Catgirl
http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081203163453/batman/images/3/39/CarrieKelley1.jpg

I noticed that this year, I didn't see any Goldilocks costumes either at The Spirit Store or Halloween Express.
I guess the whole "raggedy andy" thing could be due to copy-write.
Great site!
Dreaded Dreams
Petunia Scareum

Atomic Mystery Monster said...

Thanks, and sorry for the lateness of this reply.

I had never heard of Stephanie Brown, although I purposely left out any references to Carrie Kelly both due to continuity issues and I thought it would overcomplicate a joke about Batman wanting to diddle Robin. Similarly, that's why I left out a joke about Raggedy Ann being a mascot for the anti-vaccination movement from the "Ragamuffin Sailor" segment.

Speaking of which, you're absolutely right about the makers of that sailor suit trying to avoid getting sued. Apparently the character is in the public domain, but the name is still trademarked.