My love of costuming goes way back. In fact, it’s only now I’m starting to connect the dots and realize just how seriously I took it even as a kid. Yeah, I was “that kid”, who asked why his plastic K-Mart Halloween costume didn’t look exactly like Optimus Prime.
Case in point, my love of Ghostbusters. There were few franchises that held more of a fascination for me as a kid, and I spent an absurd amount of time not only playing with the toys, but trying to create my own ghostbusting headquarters and car. I poured through the catalog, checking out the amazing life-size roleplay toys that would let me pretend to be a Ghostbuster with “real” equipment. Kenner, who made the toys, should be commended, because they made reasonably-accurate proton packs, ghost traps, and PKE meters. There was one thing, however, that stuck out at me every time I opened a catalog.
Yeah, I’m looking at you, you happy little shit. Not only do you have the official pack, blaster, PKE Meter, and armband… which is awesome… but you actually get this awesome KID-SIZED GHOSTBUSTER JUMPSUIT!!! A jumpsuit that was, in fact, not actually for sale in any way, shape, or form. Kenner made kid-sized replicas of all the Ghostbusters’ equipment… except the jumpsuit. That was apparently made just for the kid in the catalog. That bastard. Probably the photographer’s nephew or something.
I could never figure out if Kenner just didn’t think it was economical to sell kid jumpsuits, or if they just never realized what a gold mine they were sitting on. Or if I was just a really, really weird kid. However, when I see people at conventions with fully screen-accurate costumes, I have extra respect for their hard work.