INSIDE LOOK: Best news of the summer? Might be…
Finally, finally, finally — Ben Cooper superhero costumes are making a comeback this Halloween, hot on the heels of last year’s Star Wars selection.
Yep, Superman, Batman and the Flash will be offered exclusively at Spirit Halloween stores as early as late August or more likely just after Labor Day. Not just that, there will be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Gremlins selections, as well. Each set runs $24.99. (It’s not yet clear whether these will be sold online.)
Dig this INSIDE LOOK at each costume:
“To keep our assortment fresh this year Rubies is offering two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Leonardo and Michelangelo), three DC superheroes (Superman, Batman and Flash) and one Gremlins item (Gizmo),” said Mark Von Ohlen, spokesperson for mass-market costumer Rubies, which owns the Ben Cooper brand. “All of these properties are big nostalgia brands that have a following stretching for years.”
Unfortunately, there are no Marvel selections this time out but who knows what the future might bring.
Personally, I’m most enthusiastic about the superheroes because I pretty much lived in my Batman costume when I was a kid. And while these are not exact replicas of what we wore back in the day — we don’t need the pants, I’d agree, and the graphics have been altered — they certainly capture the, well, spirit of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Plus, don’t forget — Superman and Batman, for example, were often tweaked during Ben Cooper’s heyday.
I’ve long advocated that old Ben Cooper designs would make great T-shirts and the brand actually offered a selection at San Diego Comic-Con, featuring the likes of the Creature From the Black Lagoon. But even if we don’t get T-shirts of the old superhero designs, these new sets certainly go a long way toward scratching that itch. I cannot wait to get my hands on these, especially Batman (of course).
“Ben Cooper has a big following and we are seeing more and more nostalgia brands from the ’80s and ’90s are very popular today,” Von Ohlen said. “At San Diego Comic-Con we had a booth featuring the Ben Cooper masks that are coming out in Spirit this Halloween plus a collection of vintage masks and we debuted our T-shirt collection, which was a big hit with fans. We hope to expand the lineup of Ben Cooper over the next few years to include other beloved brands and characters and possibly expand into other categories.”
Time to start stocking up on the Pop Rocks, Bottle Caps and Fun Dip, folks.
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