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Childrens party season has well and truly kicked in in my household. Although there is a part of me that fills with dread in regards to buying presents, cards, getting kids ready etc, I do enjoy it when its requested that the kids should be in fancy dress. Its something that my children really enjoy and I love seeing them dressing up in different characters. I bought this from Tesco online for £5.00.
Why did I buy this?
If my son could wear his Spiderman outfit all the time he would. Personally-its nice to go for something different, especially since Spiderman costumes are the most popular costumes I have seen at parties for boys, and I didn't want my son being swallowed up in the crowd. He knows the character Hulk and likes him, and when I gave him the choice of being Hulk, Peter Pan or a Handyman he chose Hulk. His decision ruled!
What does the outfit look like?
It comes in two parts. One is the mask, and the other part is the main outfit itself. The mask is mainly green in colour ( as you would expect ), and basically is the face of the Hulk, grimacing, but has the eyes cut out for the child to see through when wearing. The material on the back feels and looks similar to felt, but the material on the front feels and looks more smoother and a touch more shiny. Mask has a band of elastic running through the ear area to fasten onto/around head.
Made of 100% polyester. Sponge clean only.
The main outfit is green in colour. Long sleeved, and although flat and not three dimensional at all, the chest area depicts an 8 pack chest, muscles on the arms and legs. Just below the ab area, in the fabric, are purple shorts, giving the illusion of being ripped at the bottom as the Hulk normally runs around looking worse for wear after his transformation. Costume is full length in regards to legs.
Fastens at the back by Velcro but only three quarters of the way down the back.
To wear the child has to step into it, and to take off step out.
Material has plenty of stretch and give to it and light weight.
Sponge clean only.
What do we think?
My son loved wearing this costume. The mask from time to did annoyed him but he enjoyed wearing it to give the full effect of the character. The main costume was easy for him to wear. It wasn't too tight but not loose, so perfect fit despite being a size up to what he normally is. He could move absolutely fine, and the fact the material has plenty of give and stretch to it, meant while my son was running around and playing, the costume adapted to his movements rather than hindered.
Does this costume resemble the Hulk in look? Not the film version, but I would say yes to the animated version.Of the character. I think its very hard to create a duplicate of the film version as its not even real! But special effects. Overall the look for me does the job and its instantly recognisable.
I haven't washed the mask as there was no need, but I havewith the main outfit as it did get dirty. Despite the instructions saying to sponge clean, I threw this in the washing machine on a gentle wash and it has washed beautifully. The colours are still sharp and bright, the material maintains its stretch and flexibility yet the costume still retains its shape. No bobbling, no stray cotton threads and to top it off it dries so quickly.
Would I buy this again? Yes I would. The quality and look of it is fantastic. It washes and wears well and the price was amazing, considering this is a genuine costume from Marvel The Avengers franchise. My son has enjoyed wearing it and pretending to be the Hulk ( slightly annoying at times! ) and I can see him wearing this many more times to come, so £5.00 well spent.