Animal Costumes


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Rilakkuma Kigurumi

We've just redone our photoshoot for the Rilakkuma kigurumi, and here are some of the results. This is the officially branded Rilakkuma kigurumi onesie costume, which is really hard to get hold of outside of Japan, but we've got a whole bunch of them available now.

If you don't know who this cute little character is, he's a huge hit in Japan, emblazoned on everything from notebook computers to lunch boxes. He's not from any TV shows or anything like that, but he just is. So there.

Monday, 25 June 2012

A guinea pig in a dinosaur costume

Here's a picture of a guinea pig in a dinosaur costume. You are welcome.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Animal Costumes Sale

Roll up, roll up, we've got a whole load of animals and they're all going "cheap". Yes that's right we have just got so many animal costumes right now that we thought it was about time we had a sale to clear the decks. We've made a selection from all of our product categories including kigurumis, animal hats and animal masks.

Get in there quickly though, as the sale will only last until the start of June, and once they're gone they're gone!

Check out the sale here:

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Animal Beach Party

There's an Animal Beach Party at Bethnal Green Working Mens Club this weekend. Here's what you need to know:
  • you can dress like you are going to the beach
  • you can dress like an animal
  • you can dress like an animal going to the beach!!??? 
Retro Sundazed monkeys, leopard print, Hawaiian shirts, Rude dog and the dweebs, Razor sharp partings, bikini beach babes , Free willy, Sun hats and elephant trunks, lifeguards, beastly beach bums, silver surfers, jonny bravo's dog ....

Oh by the way, until Friday you can get 12.5% off any order in our shop (not the sale items) with discount code BEACHY. Have fun!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Toby the Green Panda Lantern

Toby got a panda kigurumi for his birthday recently, and he's sent us this pic of himself dressed both as a panda, and super hero The Green Lantern. AT THE SAME TIME. That's pretty wild if you ask us...

Monday, 18 June 2012

101 Amazing Animal Facts

We asked our customers to send us their favourite animal facts. Here are the 101 most amazing!
  1. 1. Wolves' howls don't echo, even in caves or mountainous areas. This helps them to communicate over long distances 
  2. 2. A blue whale's heart is the size of a car
  3. 3. Cat urine glows in UV light
  4. 4. The blue whale is the biggest animal that ever lived on planet Earth, even the dinosaurs
  5. 5. Bees cannot see red - to them it looks like black. We think this is a strange one because so many flowers are red, but it seems to be true.
  6. 6. The poison arrow frog has enough poison stored at any one time, to kill or harm 2,200 people
  7. 7. Some species of frog use their lungs to hear
  8. 8. Chimpanzees can recognise their own image in a mirror. As far as we know they are the only animals, other than humans, that can do this
  9. 9. Penguins have not developed a fear of humans and are therefore approachable. Why not put on your penguin kigurumi costume and go have a chat with them! 

  10. 10. Some lobsters are born bright blue
  11. 11. Lobsters do not age and it is thought that some have lived for a very very long time
  12. 12. The slowest fish is the sea horse, clocking in at an impressively slow max speed of 0.01 MPH
  13. 13. The sweat glands of a cow are in its nose.
  14. 14. Cats don't like lemons
  15. 15. For every person on the planet there are about 200 million insects
  16. 16. 1 cow makes enough milk to produce 5 gallons of ice cream each day
  17. 17. Horses sleep whilst standing up
  18. 18. A donkey can see all four of its feet at the same time
  19. 19. A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes. Meanwhile their sneeze-tinglies last for over 3 days.
  20. 20. Jelly fish have 8 eyes, they have a 360o perspective and so can see eeeeeeverything all at once.
  21. 21. A chameleon's tongue is twice as long as its body
  22. 22. A dragonfly lives for just 24 hours. So the next time you see one, make sure you show it a good time
  23. 23. All polar bears are left handed
  24. 24. Crocodiles can't stick their tongue out
  25. 25. Butterflies taste with their feet!
  26. 26. Kangaroos have 2-pronged penises
  27. 27. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 50cm tongue!
  28. 28. A house cat sleeps for 70% of its life
  29. 29. A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death
  30. 30. A mosquito has 47 teeth. 
  31. 31. Bats always turn left when leaving a cave. We don't know why but it's nice to know where you stand with this sort of thing
  32. 32. There are 701 breeds of dog and 100 breeds of cat
  33. 33. A dog's nose print is as unique as a human's finger prints
  34. 34. Frogs can't swallow without blinking
  35. 35. A newborn kangaroo is 1 inch long
  36. 36. Horned lizards can spit blood out of their eyes. And if you don't believe us, here's a video... (Be warned, it's a bit gross).

  37. 37. A female cheetah is referred to as a she-cheetah, and the name Cheetah comes from the Hindu word ''chita'' meaning 'spotted one'
  38. 38. Killer whales have a special move when fighting sharks. They swim really fast from underneath the shark and torpedo its belly, causing the shark to explode
  39. 39. All clams are born as males. Some change to females during their life but the change is irreversible
  40. 40. Giraffes and humans have the same number of bones in their necks. It's seven, if you were wondering.
  41. 41. The word "octopus" has 4 plurals: octopuses, octopi, octopus and octopodes
  42. 42. Mosquitoes are attracted to the colour blue
  43. 43. Humpback whales creat the loudest sound of any living creature
  44. 44. For every human in the world there are 45 cats.
  45. 45. Cats have 5 toes on their front paws, but only 4 on their back paws
  46. 46. Sharks lay the biggest eggs in the world
  47. 47. The fastest 6-legged animal is the cockroach
  48. 48. Hummingbirds can fly backwards
  49. 49. There are no buffalo in America. They are really bison, and the only buffalo live in Asia
  50. 50. A zebra is white with black stripes. As is our zebra kigurumi costume, see:

  51. 51. Honeybees have hairy eyes
  52. 52. Kangaroos are (technically) permanently pregnant
  53. 53. 3 dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic
  54. 54. A kangaroo cannot move its legs independently on land. It can, however, when it is in water
  55. 55. Honeybees knew that the world was round before humans did. We know this because they take the Earth's roundness into account when directing other bees to a food source. And by the way they do this by waggling their bottoms!
  56. 56. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain
  57. 57. Each step a giraffe takes is 15ft long
  58. 58. A cow can go up stairs but not down them because of the way that their knees bend.
  59. 59. Poking a crocodile in the eye is not nice. But it is regarded as the best way to escape from its otherwise unwavering jaw grip
  60. 60. A dog's only sweat glands are in its feet. That's why they have to cool down by panting
  61. 61. Humans and slugs have a 70% DNA match
  62. 62. Giraffes are the only animal born with horns
  63. 63. Giant squids have the largest eyes - 15 inches wide
  64. 64. A koala's appendix is about 2 metres long
  65. 65. Mosquitoes prefer biting people with smelly feet. But then again, don't we all?
  66. 66. 21% of dogs snore
  67. 67. African elephants produce 100kg of poop every day
  68. 68. Snails can sleep for up to three years. 
  69. 69. Ants don't sleep at all!
  70. 70. A hippopotamus's milk is bright pink and contains about 500 calories per cup
  71. 71. Meerkats can survive a scorpion or snake bite because they are naturally immune to the poison
  72. 72. Bats are the only mammals that can fly
  73. 73. Male porcupines woo female porcupines by urinating on them
  74. 74. A duck's quack does not echo
  75. 75. The only animal that cannot swim is a giraffe, although there has been some debate about this one at our shop
  1. 76. A blue whale's tongue weighs more than an elephant. And by the way, elephants weigh quite a bit.
  2. 77. Polar bears can jump over 6 feet
  3. 78. A shark replaces its teeth every 8 days
  4. 79. Elephants are the only land-animal that can't jump
  5. 80. Only female mosquitos drink blood
  6. 81. Female koalas have 2 vaginas
  7. 82. The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog, and it peels off 7 times a year
  8. 83. A butterfly tastes with its feet
  9. 84. Elephants have 4 knees
  10. 85. Giraffes have no vocal chords
  11. 86. Cheetahs cannot roar
  12. 87. An adult human could swim through a blue whale's arteries
  13. 88. The pistol shrimp snaps its clause together so fast that the resulting soundwaves can kill other fish
  14. 89. A shrimp's heart is in its head
  15. 90. Male seahorses carry and give birth to their young, not the females
  16. 91. The only way to be released from a crocodiles jaws is to poke it in the eye with your thumb. But nobody has ever tried tickling its chin and we think that might work
  17. 92. Elephants sometimes remain standing up when they die
  18. 93. Sharks are responsible for 10 human deaths per year. Cows are responsible for 100
  19. 94. Turtles can breathe through their bottoms
  20. 95. The average cow produces 30lbs of wee and 65lbs pounds of poo per day
  21. 96. After being born, the first thing a baby giraffe does is fall 3 metres.
  22. 97. Flamingos can only eat when their heads are upside down
  23. 98. Woodpeckers peck wood at 20 pecks per second. They do it to mark their territory during mating season and if their territory is your chimney it can be very annoying!
  24. 99. Flamingos are only pink because they eat so much shrimp
  25. 100. A housefly hums in the key of F
  26. 101. Animal Costumes Shop sells the best animal costumes in the world!
What are your favourite animal facts? Let us know in the comments below...

Thursday, 14 June 2012

A monkey inside a flower

Here is a picture of a monkey inside a flower.

Via Facebook.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Raccoon holding a kitten

Glum about the Eurozone crisis? Fear not! Here is a picture of a raccoon holding a kitten to cheer you up. On our Facebook page, Isamu asked "Don't they eat kittens?" We hope not.

Friday, 8 June 2012

A pug in a pug costume

Here is a picture of a pug wearing a pug costume. "It's really....metaphysical" said Holly on our Facebook page. Do your pets like to dress up too? Send us your pics.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Fancy Dress Animal Costumes!

We are pleased to announce the launch of an all-new product range at Animal Costumes Shop - fancy dress animal costumes

It suddenly dawned on us, at some point last week, that we run a shop called 'Animal Costumes Shop' and yet we don't stock any fancy dress costumes, at least not in the sense of the 'traditional' animal costumes.

Although our kigurumi animal onesies, which were originally sold in Japan as pyjamas, do go down very well at fancy dress parties, it seemed to us that this was a problem that we needed to rectify. And the rest, as they say, is history. We now stock fancy dress animal costumes and accessories for both adults and kids. They are a bit cheaper than the kigurumi costumes that we sell, and they look even more hilarious! Check out the new range here, and more are on their way soon.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Top 5 kigurumi animal costumes

It’s the first day of June! And with the 2012 music festival season approaching it seemed like a good time to announce our top 5 kigurumi costumes for the year so far.

Dinosaur kigurumi


The dinosaur kigurumi is one of the oldest there is, being part of the original range by Sazac (the most well-known manufacturer of kigurumi). And it continues to be one our best sellers. The secret, we think, is its ginormous tail and its ferocious Godzilla-esque face and teeth on the hood. Terrifying.

Pick this costume if you are:
Ferocious, carnivorous and peerless. Even the lion would be ripped to shreds by a T-Rex! This kigurumi is for the party animal that won’t let anything get in their way.

zebra kigurumi


The zebra kigurumi costume is one of the best selling products in out light-weight animal suits product category. This range is possibly a little better for the party, rather than pyjama, scene as the more breathable fabric is really welcome when you’ve been dancing away all night long. They also have pockets, which is a real plus in such situations.

The zebra in particular is popular, we believe, because of its instantly recognisable zebra-iness. According to our experiments your friends will recognise you as a zebra approximately 0.55 seconds before they would have with any other animal in our range of costumes. Then there is the zebra’s surrealist tendencies. Nobody knows why it has those crazy black and white stripes, but every animal wishes they had the cheek bones to pull off such a daring ensemble.

Pick this costume if you are:
Unconventional and surreal. Part of a herd, yes, but a blooming crazy stripy one. Or if you want to play tag with a lion costume-wearing friend.
penguin kigurumi


You love penguins. We know you do because everybody does. The reason you love penguins is because they are just so damn cute. And this penguin costume is probably the cutest penguin costume we’ve ever seen, and we’ve seen a few.

So let’s recap. This is the cutest costume of (probably) the cutest animal. It’s easy to see why the penguin kigurumi is so popular among our customers, who are also quite cute.

Pick this costume if you are:
Cutesy, dependable, and good natured. Or if you vomit your food into your young.

bulldog kigurumi


With the Queen’s Jubilee, the London 2012 Olympics and the Euro 2012 Football Tournament all primed to set the patriotic mood of the nation, no 2012 animal costumes list would be complete without a good old fashioned British (designed in Korea, made in China) Bulldog! Again this is in the lighter-weighted material and the bulldog comes with an attractive stuck-out tongue, bone bow-tie and floppy ears. “Oh Yes”*
 *pronounced in a Churchill Insurance dog voice.

Pick this costume if you are:
Stiff upper-lipped, embarrassingly over-polite and uncompromisingly British. But not in a BNP way, thanks.
cheetah kigurumi


“Is that your girlfriend?” asked a man on a fruit and veg stall as we went out in our cheetah costumes recently for a promotional day “…because she looks like a cheater!” Perhaps the endless possibilities for pun-based frivolities such as this, is one of the reasons that the cheetah is always near the top our customers’ most demanded animal costumes. Then again it may have something to do with its impressive colour display, which will always brighten the mood, or its super-cute cheetah face. 

Pick this costume if you are: 
Lightning-fast, colourful, pun-tastic.

Which is your favourite? Let us know by commenting below.