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Optimus Prime, Voltron among retro costumes available for Halloween

by Matthew Price Modified: October 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm •  Published: October 22, 2013
Chad in an Optimus Prime costume hoodie from 80sTees.com
Chad in an Optimus Prime costume hoodie from 80sTees.com

Halloween is just a little more than a week away, and if you haven’t put much thought into your costume yet, you could be a little behind the curve.  Fortunately, for children of the 1980s, the site 80sTees.com has some retro toy-themed costumes that could be as simple as pulling on a hoodie.

The Optimus Prime hoodie does a good job of conveying the basic look of the Autobot leader, and if you have to run out from your Halloween party to pick up something at the convenience store, just unzipping and pulling off the hood has you again looking like a normal person. (A normal person who really likes trucks, maybe.)   For comparison, here’s Optimus Prime as he appeared in the “Transformers” cartoon.

Optimus Prime in the "Transformers" cartoon.
Optimus Prime in the "Transformers" cartoon.

If your tastes run a little more villainous, the Soundwave hoodie provides similar costume coverage.

Chad wears a Soundwave costume hoodie from 80sTees.com.
Chad wears a Soundwave costume hoodie from 80sTees.com.

Here’s how Soundwave compares to his cartoon counterpart.

Bonus points if you carry some cassette tapes in your pockets to throw at people while saying “Ravage, attack!”

Cassette tape
Cassette tape

The Voltron hoodie is a little less costume-y, though it should be recognizable to fans of the property.  Non-fans might just think it’s from an obscure European sports team.

Chad in the "Voltron" hoodie.
Chad in the "Voltron" hoodie.

A giant sword or hands made of lion-heads would add to the ensemble if you wish to accessorize.

Voltron as seen in the animated series.
Voltron as seen in the animated series.

The final costume provided for review by 80sTees.com is probably the most accurate to the original comics, toys and animated series.  It’s a costume for bad-girl Baroness from “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.”

This one is a little more effort to get on than the hoodies, but captures the cartoon likeness well.  See below for the animated Baroness.

 

Baroness as seen in "GI Joe: A Real American Hero."
Baroness as seen in "GI Joe: A Real American Hero."

80sTees.com has lots of other 80s-themed costumes, T-shirts and hoodies available at the web site.

For more on costume options, check out NewsOK’s previous Halloween coverage:

http://newsok.com/for-halloween-bats-cats-and-aliens-oh-my/article/3894433

http://newsok.com/fantasy-figures-are-hot-for-big-kids-and-teens-on-halloween/article/3891541

http://newsok.com/video-halloween-fashion-show-and-more/article/3889149

 

 


by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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