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Archive for July, 2008

Star Wars: Clone Wars Costumes

by Matthew on Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Yoda: The Clone Wars

In two weeks, the latest Star Wars movie will hit the theaters. The Clone Wars is an animated feature set immediately before events of 2005’s Revenge of the Sith and will serve as a kickoff to the animated TV series of the same name planned for a fall release on the Cartoon Network.

To celebrate, Costume Craze has a new line of Star Wars costumes!

Our new costumes will be in stock VERY SOON — so check back often! You can also pre-order your costume and we’ll ship it as soon as it arrives.


Ahsoka Tano Costume
 
 

Clone Trooper Rex Costume

Plo Koon Costume

Commander Cody Costume
 
 

Anakin Skywalker Costume

Obi Wan Kenobi Costume

Asajj Ventress Costume
 
 

Plo Koon Lightsaber

Clonetrooper Blaster

Plo Koon Mask
 
 

Commander Cody Helmet

Ahsoka Headpiece

Super Deluxe Jedi Robe
 
 

Slave Leia Costume

Queen Amidala Costume

As a Star Wars geek, I’m VERY excited for the new animated Clone Wars movie and TV series.

Interestingly, there’s a new character introduced in this series. Apparently, Anakin gets his own Padawan to train, and her name is Ahsoka Tano.

According to Wookieepedia, “Ahsoka was discovered by Master Plo Koon at a young age and was raised in the Jedi Temple. She was promoted to Padawan earlier than normal by Master Yoda in hopes that it would teach Anakin Skywalker a greater sense of responsibility.” Well, we know how that turns out. Poor Anakin….

Lucasfilm recently released a 3 1/2 minute extended action sequence from the new Clone Wars movie, and I think it looks fantastic!

You can watch below:

 
Not bad, eh? If you’ve got the Star Wars bug, be sure to check out our large selection of Star Wars costumes. We have costumes from the original movies, the prequels and the new animated Clone Wars series — for babies, children, adults — and pets, too!

May the Force be with you!
 

 



Utah Business Week: Part Two

by Matthew on Friday, July 18th, 2008

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Kate’s presentation at Utah Business Week went very well. The students enjoyed her lecture and learned about Costume Craze and competition.

 

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At one point, two students in the back started whispering.

 

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“Do you two have something to share with the rest of the class?”


 
Ha, sorry, just having some fun with the photos. The students were actually quite courteous and very interested in Kate’s presentation.
 
 
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Camille, our graphic designer, accompanied Kate and modeled her sexy Witchful Thinking witch costume. She looks great!

After the presentation, Kate gave away Costume Craze apparel and chatted informally with the group.


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Logan, Utah

What a great trip! Logan is beautiful in the summer, located high in the mountains of Northern Utah. We hope to visit again next year!

 



Kate Maloney to Discuss Competition at Utah Business Week

by Matthew on Monday, July 14th, 2008

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On July 16th, Costume Craze CEO Kate Maloney will be giving a lecture on “Competition” to the attendees of the 2008 Utah Business Week at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

Kate will be discussing competition in the costume industry, as well as competing in the Utah market for the best and brightest employees. It will be a very insightful presentation.
 

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Just what is Utah Business Week?

For more than a quarter century, UBW has been giving some of the state’s best high school students hands-on experience with free enterprise on the Utah State University campus.

This summer’s program runs July 13–19. Each year, an application process results in about 150-200 students being invited by Utah businesses to spend a week at USU.

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Upon arrival, students are divided into competing companies that select a CEO and an imaginary product complete with a logo and radio commercial. Each day they run a business simulation and hear from Utah business leaders. At night they have games, dances and a variety of team-building activities.

Looks like a great time! Costume Craze is proud to be a part of this fun and rewarding education experience.



Ernst & Young Awards Banquet

by Sherene on Friday, July 11th, 2008

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At the Ernst & Young black tie event on Friday, June 27th, the Costume Craze CEO, Kate Maloney, was honored as a finalist for the 2008 Entrepreneur Of The Year award.

The competition is getting tougher each year and we’re proud to have been participants for two years in a row.

Everyone had a great time. The Three Waiters, a group of talented performers, infiltrated the crowd posing as ‘real’ waiting staff.

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Here’s a video of the Three Waiters in action:

 
But they weren’t the real stars of the evening…that role goes to our staff.

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Costume Craze employees showed up for the event in their finery and frippery which did little to quell their child-like enthusiasm. Each of their tables was outfitted with an ample supply of fog horns and party poppers to cheer on the winner…and everyone else.
 
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By the end of the night, confetti lay strewn across the tables, in glasses and on the floor as a colorful witness of their revelry. What else would you expect from a Costume company? While the staff probably admired their spirit, chances are they didn’t love cleaning it up!

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Congratulations, Kate!

Be sure to visit our Photo Gallery to view all the great pictures!
 



MyDisguises – A blog sponsored by Costume Craze

by Matthew on Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

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You are cordially invited to visit MyDisguises.com, a blog sponsored by Costume Craze.

We wanted to help create a fun place to talk and share about all things related to costumes. Anything from costumes in pop culture, cosplay, events, holidays, do-it-yourself ideas — you’ll find it at MyDisguises.com.

Hope to see you there!



Costume Craze makes 2007 Inc. 500 List

by Matthew on Monday, July 7th, 2008

Inc 500 Fastest Growing CompaniesIn 2007, Costume Craze made the Inc. 500 list, which honors the nation’s fastest growing private companies.

We ranked #23 in retail, and #415 overall. It is quite an honor for us to be listed among the nation’s greatest companies.

Why are we ranked as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies?

A little help from Harry Potter and Spider-Man never hurts. Costume Craze sells Harry Potter, Jack Sparrow, and thousands of other costumes for adults, children, and dogs online. Founder Matthew Maloney, his sister Kate, and their mother Kathleen created the family-run company by accident, setting it up as a test subject for his search engine optimization software.

Thanks to Matthew’s software, Kate’s vision, and Kathleen’s business experience, Costume Craze has become a huge success. Unlike competitors, we have sustained international sales. By providing a large selection, prompt shipping and courteous support, Costume Craze has boosted revenue by 700 percent.
 
Meet Kate Maloney, CEO of Costume Craze:
 

 



4th of July Fun Facts

by Sherene on Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

You probably knew that the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, setting the thirteen colonies on the road to freedom.

But…did you know?

The stars on the original American flag were arranged in a circle to ensure that all colonies were equal.

Before cars ruled the roadway, the Fourth of July was traditionally the most miserable day of the year for horses, tormented by all the noise and by the boys and girls who threw firecrackers at them.

Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826.

The names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect the signers. If independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in their deaths.

The word patriotism comes from the Latin patria, which means homeland or fatherland.

Costume Craze has a great selection of patriotic costumes for all of your Americana needs…plays, ceremonies and special events!

Have a happy and safe Independence Day!