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.....
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