Action Heroes Fancy Dress Theme

Action Heroes is today’s fancy dress theme as today is the birthday of one of the great action-hero actors ofIndiana Jones Style Fancy Dress our time – Harrison Ford, who was born in 1942. Although he has made a wide range of films from political drama (‘Clear And Present Danger’) to light comedy ‘(Working Girl’) he is irrevocably associated with Indiana Jones, a role he returned to a couple of years ago in ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’. Unbelievably for some, we are coming up to the thirtieth anniversary of the UK premiere of the first Indiana film – The Raiders of the Lost Ark’ on 30th July. In honour of that milestone we are thinking of suggesting a Scavenger Hunt event! As these things require some preparation, we thought we would give you a few weeks’ warning but whilst Action Heroes suggests itself as today’s theme, if you would like to work a little wider, Frank Sinatra made his first record this day in 1939 so ‘Idols’ could be an alternative.

Some Action Hero Costume Ideas include (you may think we’ve missed a character off, or maybe you disagree with some of these, why not let us know?):

  • Rambo
  • Terminator
  • James Bond
  • Tarzan
  • Highlander
  • John Mclaine (Die Hard)
  • Jackie Chan
  • Lara Croft
  • Indiana Jones – we stock a good range of Indiana Jones costumes & accessories
  • Ellen Ripley (Alien)
  • Frodo Baggins
  • Luke Skywalker
  • Superman
  • Super Girl
  • Batman
  • Robin – why not take a look at all of our superhero costumes?
  • Bat Girl
  • Wonder Woman
  • Spiderman
  • Iron Man
  • Wolverine
  • Trinity
  • Neo – both from The Matrix
  • Princess Leia
  • Mad Max
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Ethan Hunt – Mission Impossible
  • Maverick – Top Gun

Or why not dress up in one of the armed forces uniforms? No one can deny that these men and women are true Action Heroes…

Heroes & Villains Fancy Dress Party

We often find people wanting to have Superhero, Heroes & Villains or Goodies and Baddies fancy dress parties in May. Take a look at some of these other Heroes & Villains blogs Wizard of Oz Outfits

One thing you may notice about many of the costumes available, particularly the superhero ones is that are all very similar. This is to do with licenses and copyright.  A few of the bigger names in the costume manufacturing world, will pay for a licence to produce costumes for a particular film, character, etc.. Often these can be for older films rather than newer ones, as many companies find it difficult to produce the costumes when the film is out in cinemas.

Most costumes for these types of parties, (particularly the Superheroes theme) tend to be character costumes, such as Batman, Robin, Superman, Spiderman, Supergirl, Lara Croft, etc.. However there are some generic costumes that will also fit the bill such as gangsters and molls, angels and devils, etc…

You do not need to be restricted to superhero costumes for this theme, why not also look at the following as it may give you some other great costume ideas…

  • Real Life Villains – Infamous criminal (Jack The Ripper) or a bog standard prisoner costume
  • Real Life Heroes – Mother Teresa, Doctors & Nurse, all the armed services
  • Film / Book Villains – Freddy Krueger, Wicked Witch Of The West
  • Film / Book Heroes – Indiana Jones, James Bond
  • Cartoon Heroes – Popeye
  • Fantasy Villains – Devils, Vampires, Witches
  • Fantasy Heroes – Fairy Godmother, Angels
  • Childhood hero, just who was your childhood hero? Maybe a teacher or a pop star?

Heroes Fancy Dress Theme

January 17th is a day for unconventional heroes. So ‘ Heroes’ is our fancy dress theme for today.Popeye - Olive Oyl's Hero

In1605, the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes published his book ‘The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha’. The story, published in two volumes a decade apart, tells of a middle-aged man who becomes so obsessed with the concept of chivalry, that he takes it upon himself to go on a series of quests to right the wrongs he sees in the world. The problem is that many of his perceived wrongs and foes are in his imagination, and to others he just seems mad. Nonetheless the work is regularly listed as one of the ‘great novels’ and it is a good example of an early Fantasy novel.

Meanwhile, in 1929, Popeye the Sailor Man, makes his first appearance in a comic strip on this date. In a world now filled with super-heroes and graphical novels, Popeye’s exploits may seem a little tame, but ‘back in the day’ when he appeared in comics and a long-running series of TV cartoons, the adventures featuring Popeye, the love of his life, Olive Oyl, the baby Swee’Pea and the villainous Bruto, had children gripped. The key to Popeye’s success (and strength) was spinach, and despite his being a cartoon, his exploits greatly increased the sales of the vegetable – US farmers have raised statues in his honour! An additional legacy in this country is that a chain of hamburger restaurants were named after the scrounging character J. Wellington Wimpy. So today we celebrate heroes, whatever form they take.

Heroes can mean something different to each one of us. For example, you may have a footballing hero, or a person who has played an on screen hero, such as Harisson Ford as Indiana Jones. Other costume opportunities come from dressing up as one of our armed forces, heroes every single one of them and we stock a great range of uniforms ranging from Naval officer costumes to 1940s Home Guard uniforms. You could also go down the tried and tested route of wearing one of our superhero costumes – we have a large selection for both men and women.

Another option is to go to the fancy dress party as one of the emergency services, who have to be heroic in sometimes very difficult circumstances. Robin Hood was a hero to the poor (but not the rich), so as you can see being a ‘hero’ is subjective, but does create an interesting fancy dress theme.