Most customers probably won't notice, but the manufacturing license for Avenger's and Spider-Man Costumes has changed hands. Disguise, who is best known for making Disney brand costumes, has held the rights to produce all Marvel Comic costumes for many years. This year, that prize piece of franchising has passed to Rubies.
This year, Rubies, the long time license holder for all things DC, has been given the chance to show what they can do with Avengers and the hottest movie of the decade, Guardians of the Galaxy. This is really big news in some circles! Rubies has been the sole supplier of costumes for the Batman, Superman, and Justice League franchises as well as the mega line of Star Wars costumes and accessories. Now they have another slice of the Disney empire with the currently top selling Super Heroes, including the Ninja Turtles.
We at Beauty and the Beast Costumes, Chattanooga are thrilled that our favorite company will be handling both DC and Marvel comic characters! Anyone who has wandered through a Halloween section at any chain store has seen the excellent quality of the Rubies brand Super Hero costumes. Those who have shopped at Beauty & the Beast may have also noticed the truly beautiful princess dresses they make. Who knows? Since Rubies has done a great job with DC super heroes, Disney now owns Star Wars, which have been superbly handled by Rubies for decades, could Rubies get the Disney princess line next? You may rest assured that this author is keeping her fingers crossed!
So, let's take a better look at the new Rubies Iron Man Costume shown above.
The photo on the right, above is the front of the Adult sized Iron Man, back shown on right.
B&B price is $55, compared to $70 for the Disguise brand costume. The Disguise brand had larger padded muscles and a two piece mask with a very pretty metallic paint job. The Rubies brand has light padding only in the chest, abdomen and shoulder areas and the upper back is not printed. However, the color of the Rubies suit is much brighter and the mask is made of a thicker, more durable plastic.
While you will be able to find the muscled versions of the Avengers costumes at most chain stores for $25-30, you better snap those up before November 1st or they will be GONE until next Halloween. Beauty and the Beast only has the un-padded suits for children, similar to the adult sized shown above, for $24, but you will be able to get them all year long. These suits may also prove to have more "play time value" than the more heavily padded ones.
For an 'Economics 101' explanation on pricing differences, please see our blog post "Why you can't find Frozen Costumes".
The Avengers costume licensing was SO NEW this year, that Rubies didn't even have time to print a proper catalog for everything. Stores like Beauty and the Beast were ordering from catalogs that didn't even have pictures of the finished product as many designs were still pending approval by the licensee, aka Marvel / Disney. Since B&B is open all year, we don't return 'left over' costumes after Halloween. Therefore, we still have some Disguise brand Avenger and Spider-Man costumes in stock. Our purchasing agent was concerned about confusing our customers by having two brands of the same costume on the shelves at the same time. These factors influenced our decision to only order the items we were out of, or very low on.
As of mid October, 2014, we only have the Rubies brand Avenger Super Heroes listed above. Our Rubies brand Spider-Man costumes are still on back order, although we do have a few of the Disguise brand left. We also have one last Disguise Iron man that was hiding in the wrong box, Ironetts (sexy girl Iron Man side kicks), War Machine, Hulk, Thor and Captain America.
Please see our Quick Shots! and Quick Shots, Kids! pages of our Website 2BCostumes.com for a better overview of available Super Hero Costumes. Apologies for not having the website completely finished in time for the holiday. We are doing our best to keep the public informed in ways we never have before. It takes a little time to get all the wrinkles ironed out. Thank you for your patience.