Thursday, October 25, 2012


I am really excited to say that I've made a major find and it's timing couldn't be better seeing as it's a Collegeville costume that I didn't think was real. More after the jump..

When I first posted this costume in the 1973 Collegeville Catalog three years ago,   I thought it was the coolest Halloween costume I'd ever seen in my life. That's because i'm a huge fan of Gerry Anderson's UFO, the series that it was based on. UFO merchandise is pretty sparse so I consider what I own kind of special, this item really spoke to me.

However, when I contacted other UFO collectors, the response was, "Wait? There's a Halloween costume?" or "Oh my God, do you have one?" which doesn't bode well. Also, google searches resulted in me being directed to my own freaking website, another dead end, cause I knew I didn't have one.

Well my luck changed three weeks ago when a kind soul emailed me saying "I have that UFO costume you want". This is the kind of thing that turns up the minute I spend every penny I have on something else.  We struck a deal regardless and I threw it on plastic to let "future Brian" deal with it, he's an idiot.

So, here it is in all it's glory, the 1973 Collegeville Command Straker SHADO Defense Halloween costume. To me, this plastic smock and mask of Ed Bishop is the coolest Halloween costume in the whole, wide world and I'm elated to know that some kids went around as this character 39 years ago.....

More Collegeville Joy


Richard Bensam said...

Wow. I had no idea this existed. I can still remember my surprise at seeing the Thermos UFO lunchbox on the store shelf when it came out. That lunchbox, the Viewmaster reels, the Dinky Interceptor and SHADO Mobile, and two paperback books (published here only after the show had ended, I think) were all the UFO-related merchandise I ever saw in the US. Learning there was even one other item available back then amazes me.

Caffeinated Joe said...

Congrats on finally getting it!

Retro Hound said...

Excellent! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, congratulations. Those helmet microphones kind of make it look like he's got a mustache though.

Anonymous said...

On a some what related story, this costume is up for bids at goodwill.

Jack Norris said...

I was going to say the same thing about the mustache-looking microphones.
Plus, how can you tell it's Ed Straker if you can't see his groovy white hair?

Tex said...

Note that the costume is "FLAME RETARDED."

(great use of Engrish by Collegeville, yah?)

SunyDay76 said...

Did you know they made a halloween costume of Morgan Freeman as Easy Reader from Electric Company. For my money it doesn't get cooler than that!


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