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My son is growing up, so now as well as Thomas and cars he is exploring different characters. While looking for fancy dress costumes for a party we came across this transformers suit, and he decided straight away that is what he wanted to be. I paid £25 from XS stock for the set which includes a jumpsuit, a mask and a pair of detachable foam wings. It is available in three sizes small for three to five year olds, medium is five to seven year olds, and large is seven to nine year olds. You also receive a sturdy bag that can be used over again for storage which is handy.
The main piece of this dress up set is a yellow and grey jumpsuit. The jumpsuit is very easy to get in to even though it is an all in one suit that has Velcro fastenings half way down the back. We purchased the medium size costume which was estimated for five to seven year olds. My son is five but tall for his age and we found that the jump suit fitted him perfectly. I would say it may be a little small for a taller seven year old so if your child is close to the upper age limit, then I would purchase the next size up.
Once the suit is on my son was very excited. It has a lot of detailing and seems to be a perfect copy of bumble bee from the transformer movies. The yellow and grey colouring along with eyes, arm and leg detail all provide the perfect copy of bumble so my son was very pleased. It is well made, and we have found no problems at all with the quality. My son loved his costume, and everywhere he has worn this costume he has received compliments. He decided to wear this trick or treating today and nearly every person we visited complimented him on his lovely suit. It looks fantastic quality, and I find it looks really well made.
There is also foam wings provided with this dress up set. These can be attached using the Velcro pieces provided on both the back of the costume, and the back of the wings. I was a little worried these could be lost easily when my son first used this set, but we have actually found they are rather sturdy. They fasten well on the back of the costume, and even while my son is running around pretending to be a transformer they stay put. They can be knocked off with a little rough play, but they are much more durable than I expected. As they are made from foam they do crease easily if the child is rough with them, and they do become a little tired looking but not overly so.
The mask is a good size, and although it is a little bulky it is not heavy at all. This means my son has no problem wearing it for long amounts of time. We did find that the Velcro fastening on the mask work well holding it in place, but the string seems to be a little long as it slips on my sons head a little. He can wear it, but we find that if he moves around a lot it tends to slip of his head which is a little annoying. I do think they could have shortened the strap a little on the mask, as it is elastic it would stretch to the child's head anyway. The eye and mouth holes that are pre cut out of the mask are an adequate size so that my son can see, and breathe easily. He is usually a little funny about masks, but we found he is able to wear this one without any problems at all feeling free enough to move around without panicking.
The suit is made from 100% polyester, and I find it is better to have something underneath the jumpsuit, rather than trying to put it on over little ones skin. This also makes sure little one is nice and warm while they are wearing the suit. It is dry clean only, so it cannot be put in the washing machine but as there is a lot of grey in the costume it covers muck rather well. I tend to give it a wipe down with a damp cloth, which seems to bring the costume up well.
Overall we love this dress up set. It is expensive compared to other dressing up sets that we own, but I find the quality shines through. It is a shame that it cannot be washed normally as I feel it would prolong the life of the suit, but the colours do hide wear well. My son really loves his transformers costume, and I have to prize him out of it. It looks fantastic on, but I would say the sizing is a little small. We purchased ours from XS stock fancy dress hop, but if you type the name into Google it is available at a number of places including Amazon for around £25. I would highly recommend this dress up for any transformers fan as my son loves it, and mummy is happy with it too. It is a perfect accessory to fuel little ones imagination.