Thursday, June 28, 2012

For the Love of Toddlers in Yoda Costumes: A Star Wars Costume Review and a Gift Card Giveaway!

A few weeks ago we attended a birthday party and the family owned a shockingly authentic Darth Vader mask. No, seriously, it was terrifying. At least Aias thought so! We practically had to leave he was so scared. Aias isn't scared of much, so I was really surprised about this. Now I know why he was so opposed to Darth Vader: he's a Jedi Master!

Attempting to use The Force to move his trains along the track
Yes, that IS a toddler Yoda costume. Pretty cute, right?

In all seriousness, this is a pretty adorable costume that we were excited to receive and are even more excited to review.  You'll be able to win a Gift Card to acquire one of your own at the end of this post, but first, keep reading so you can have a better idea of what you will be getting!

The Yoda Costume you are seeing here is a Star Wars child costume in USA Size 2-4 for kids ages one to two.  It's a pretty simple costume containing a headpiece and hooded robe, but there's no question as to who he's pretending to be (although from the cell phone pictures, my mom thought he was Shrek).  Aias is over 2.5 but he's quite small for his age as he only weighs 25 lbs and the costume fits a bit large on him, but the hat fits a bit smaller.  I think this is because he has the head of a regular sized 2.5 year old and the body of a smaller kid.  I believe on a regular sized one or two year old, it would probably fit this way as it is intended to:

There are a few things I really like about this costume, aside from the obvious cuteness.  First off, the hat, which is clearly a very important part of the costume (otherwise the kid would just look like some kind of religious figure), is actually very well made for a baby/toddler.  I've seen lots of cheaply made costumes that come with hats that I don't think would last 5 seconds on a toddler. The Yoda hat that comes with this costume is clearly designed to stay put, and in a way that is comfortable.  It's designed to not just sit on the top of the head, but to be worn as a full head covering which I think would be great on a cold Halloween night.  Aias normally yanks hats off immediately, but he kept this hat on for 5 hours.  Yes, we did parade him around in it for 5 hours!

You can get an idea of the fabric and design if you click on these images. 

Front view: the velcro and straps are nice and thick.

Back view: a nice full fit. At least, if you have a child with a normal sized head :)

I love the stitching on the front of the hat.  Not super elaborate but perfect to get the Yoda message across.
The second thing I like about this costume is that the fabric and stitching are pretty good quality.  After Aias took his hat off and was asleep in the stroller, I met up with a friend and she complimented me on Aias's new robe.  After explaining to her that Aias hadn't  actually joined the seminary but was, in fact, wearing a Yoda Costume, she was surprised at the quality.  Most of those costumes you buy in bags at costume shops are clearly not the kind of quality you'd want your kid to be wearing around on a daily basis, but apparently the this costume robe looks decent enough quality to be wearing around as a regular piece of clothing.

A final thing I like about this costume is that it survived the washing machine AND the dryer and came out looking new.  I remember a long time ago I purchased a bag costume from a costume shop and I put it in the dryer: big  mistake.  It was such horrible quality that the stitching came undone and the felt was horribly pilled.  This costume took the washer and dryer like a champion, despite the fact that it clearly says "hand wash cold water" inside the tag.  I couldn't help myself, I had to test it.    If you have a child and you are looking for a Halloween costume for them, you know that washability is pretty important. This past Halloween Aias and I went to no fewer than 6 Halloween events and he wore his costume to all of them.  He had spilled hot cocoa and worse on it, and luckily it survived the wash.  This costume will survive a Halloween and will be nice to pass on to friends or younger siblings, or will be a great addition to any trunk of dress-up clothes.

So before the giveaway, here's one last picture.  This is a crappy cell phone pic, but I think it's adorable.  Aias was thrilled to roam Granville Street in this costume, but then he got tired of walking:

Ok, so are you ready to get a costume of your own, maybe for yourself or for your child or whoever you wish?  Perhaps you want to see how it feels to be Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, or Padme Amidala for a day? Enter to win a $25 Gift Card below!

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