COMMENTARY: Costumes Aren’t Just for Halloween

Halloween may be over, but costumes are still alive and well in many households. I don’t know about you, but I definitely got more than one night’s use out of my costumes as a kid. In fact, we had a whole dress-up box full of Halloween costumes, dance recital outfits, wigs, tutus, etc. My mom would find extras at yard sales or after-Halloween clearance sales. My neighborhood friends and I used them all year long, whether playing house, coming up with plays and performances (that our parents graciously endured), or just for the fun of it. Here are a few fun costumes that kids can enjoy any time, inspired by some of my favorite disguises of Halloweens past: [Read more...]

Rubie’s Develops Marvel Costume Line for U.S. and Canada

RubiesRubie’s Costume Co. Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of Halloween products, will be developing a line of Marvel costumes for the U.S. and Canada starting next year. Rubie’s currently produces Marvel product lines throughout Europe and other international markets.

Rubie’s plans to create a broad collection of Marvel Universe products for Halloween, including costumes, dress-up accessories, masks, makeup, high-end collector costumes and accessories, pet costumes, animatronic decorative props, costume shoes, seasonal décor, and more. Costume products will be available in toddler, child, tween, teen, and adult sizes.

The officially licensed products will encompass both classic Marvel properties and new Marvel films, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Ant-Man, and The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Rubie’s will also produce costumes for the new ABC live-action TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Swaptober Kicks into Gear in Anticipation of Skylanders Swap Force

Skylanders-SWAP-Force_NightIn anticipation of the Skylanders Swap Force launch, Activision Publishing Inc. is using the month of October, or “Swaptober” to get gamers ready for the game’s launch on October 13. Lucky Portal Masters will have chances to win copies of the Skylanders Swap Force game, explore the world of Skylanders in Times Square, and more during the month-long activities.

To kick off Swaptober, Activision will be giving away one Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack per day beginning October 1 and going to October 31 via the official Skylanders Twitter channel (@SkylandersGame). For a chance to win, portal masters can visit Skylanders.com to mix and match their favorite character combination and then tweet it along with a suggested catch phrase using hashtags #SWAPtober and #Skylanders.

There are even more ways to celebrate on  October 10, when Skylanders partners with Toys “R” Us to bring Skylanders to life with “Swaptoberfest”—a celebration in Times Square where fans will have the chance to be among the very first to play the game before it’s available at retail. This Times Square takeover will feature Skylanders Swap Force-themed activities, photos with Skylanders costumed characters, and chances to win Starter Packs and Skylanders-themed merchandise from companies, including Mega Brands, Rubie’s Costume Co., Hybrid Apparel, and Power A. [Read more...]

Warner Bros. Consumer Products Debuts Worldwide Man of Steel Toy Program

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) zooms into this year’s American International Toy Fair season with a roster of global licensees ready to support the studio’s portfolio, led by this summer’s tentpole film release Man of Steel, which will be supported by DC Comics master toy licensee Mattel, as well as many other toy partners.  [Read more...]

Rubie’s and AMC Partner for The Walking Dead Costumes

This Halloween, fans of The Walking Dead can dress up as their favorite zombie characters, thanks to a new partnership between Rubie’s Costume Company, Inc. and television network AMC. Rubie’s has produced officially licensed costumes, accessories, and masks based on the network’s original series. The products, inspired by the undead, are available in child, teen, and adult sizes.

AMC’s The Walking Dead tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. The series debuted last Halloween and has become the most-watched drama series in basic cable history for adults ages 18 to 49.

Rubie’s Named 2010 Costume Vendor of the Year

Rubie’s Costume Company was awarded the 2010 Costume Vendor of the Year Award from BuySeasons, Inc.

“We are extremely excited and honored to be selected to receive this distinctive award from the most recognizable and largest Internet retailer in the Halloween industry,” said Howard Beige, Rubie’s executive vice president.

“We have a great relationship with Rubie’s,” said Daniel Haight, president and CEO of BuySeasons. “They deliver on all of the things you would expect from a partner of the year: great costumes, quality products, and timely delivery. Above all else though, their ability to react and work with us to develop new costumes that reflect the most recent trends in pop culture has been a Halloween game changer.”

Generator Rex Costumes to Come from Rubie’s

Rubie’s Costume Co., Inc. has signed a deal for Halloween costumes based on the action-adventure series Generator Rex. The upcoming Generator Rex costume line will be for kids and will be based on the most popular characters from the television show, such as Rex and his evil counterpart Van Kleiss. Rubie’s Costume Co. signed the deal with Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE).

Rubie’s Wins Awards from Party City

Party City has awarded Rubie’s Costume Company the 2010 Best Breakout License award for its Lady Gaga licensed costumes.

“We are very proud and honored to receive this distinction and thankful to be selected to receive this impressive award from one of the top retailers in the Halloween industry,” said Howard Beige, executive vice president of Rubie’s.

Rubie’s also won the 2010 award for Best Humor Costume, for its Mario costume.

Rubie’s Brings WWE Halloween Costumes to Stores

Rubie’s Costume Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of Halloween costumes and accessories, has partnered with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to produce officially licensed Halloween costumes for children and adults.

These costumes are currently available at WWE.com and at various retailers nationwide including Target, Kmart, Walmart, and Party City. The costumes will feature WWE Superstars and Legends such as John Cena, Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Rowdy Roddy Piper. The Rubie’s products feature muscle chest technology to create realistic costumes that fans of any age can enjoy wearing during the holiday. [Read more...]

Fox to Expand Avatar Product Lineup Following Film’s Success

Following the success of James Cameron’s Avatar, Fox Consumer Products plans to expand its merchandising opportunities for the franchise.

With more than 125 licensed products manufactured during the film’s release in four main categories (video games, publishing, toys, and apparel), Fox hopes to expand the number in the fall with back-to-school and other seasonal products. Fox also plans on expanding the Avatar brand to encompass bedding, board games, social expressions, and costumes. Current partners include Rubie’s, Abrams, MEGA Brands, JLA Home, and Trends International.

Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, with approximately $2.7 billion in worldwide ticket sales, and is also the best-selling DVD and Blu-ray with around 20 million copies purchased in the first three weeks. Its retail sales total approximately $153 million.