Jun 29, 2012

Movie's not to miss this JULY 2012

What a cracker of a month July is going to be on the BIG SCREEN. Check out the trailers for JULY's must see movies list.

1. AMAZING SPIDER MAN - Official Trailer 2012

2. KATY PERRY - PART OF ME - Official Trailer 2012.

3. ICE AGE 4 - CONTINENTAL DRIFT - Official Trailer 2012.

4. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES - Official Trailer 2012.


Jun 28, 2012

Fourth of July - Independence Day

Independence Day - 4th of July.

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games,family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. 

Australian being the multicultural country that it is embraces all holidays, especially ones that involve people getting together, having a bbq, eating delicious food and especially fireworks. 

There are many ways to embrace the 4th of July holiday regardless of whether you have American attendees or not. Here are a few tips on how have a cracking FOURTH OF JULY party.

Lets start of with costumes. Here are some of our top sellers:

Uncle Sam Costume - I WANT YOU!  Costume includes: 
  • Red, white and blue hat with poly-foam inner lining. Hat design is a representation of American flag; red and white striped sides with blue top and circumference band along with silver stars. Tip: Stuff vacant space in hat with tissue paper or unprinted newspaper for a 'fuller' appearance.
  • White dickie shirt front with attached red bowtie.
  • Lustrous deep blue jacket with metallic silver coloured collar and shoulder pads. Bottom hem of jacket is lined with silver stars. Jacket design is shorter at the front with jacket tail at back.
  • Cummerbund pants; red and white vertically striped trousers with elasticated waist
  • Red waistband; elasticated with velcro fastener for easy fitting.
Statue of Liberty Womens Costume - Let your light shine the way to the party!
This amazing Lady Liberty Costume features a green layered dress with matching poly-foam head piece and torch - ensuring they stand strong as freedom fries all night long.

$100 Bill Costume -  Be the highest roller at your next party in this $100 bill tunic. 
Comfortable & money baby.

Barack Obama Mask -  The ruler of the free world...
This is a full face latex mask that resembles Barack Obama.


Costume Box has a great range of party supplies to cater for your 4th of July Party. From plates, napkins, window clingers, door flags, hat and headbands, cutlery, party packs, masks, costumes and patriotic buntings.

Check out the great range of 4th July party costumes and decorations available at www.costumebox.com.au.


Jun 26, 2012

A Day in the Life of Johnny Depp

A Day in the Life of Johnny Depp. 

John Christopher aka Johnny "heart-throb" Depp was born in the small town of Owensboro, Kentucky on June 9th 1963. Being the youngest of 4 children, Depp and his family moved around to over 20 different locations. After his mother and father divorced and his mother re-married, Depp turned to self-harm to deal with the stress. He quotes  "My body is a journal in a way. It's like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist".

When Johnny was 12 he was given a guitar by his mother, he chose to drop out of high school and follow his love of music and started playing in "garage bands". He attempted to go back to school but even his principal must have seen the light in Depp and encouraged him to follow his musical career. Depp collaborated with the band Rock City Angels but it was through the bass player that he met his 1st wife Lori Anne Allison who introduced him to actor Nicolas Cage. Nicolas Cage encouraged Depp to pursue an acting career.

After Depp's divorce to Lori, Depp's first major role was in the 1984 classic horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street, playing the boyfriend of a heroine and one of Freddy Krueger's victims. In 1990 he undertook the quirky lead role in Tim Burtons Film, Edward Scissor Hands. It was this films success that began his long association with Tim Burton. Depp, a fan and long-time friend of writer Hunter S. Thompson played a version of Thompson in 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vagas based on the writer's pseudo-biographical novel of the same name.

Depp has said that he has chosen roles which he found interesting, rather than those he thought would succeed at the box office, although in 2003 it was the Walt Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl that was a major success. Depp's performance as the suave but shambnling pirate "Jack Sparrow" was highly praised. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the role. 

The sequel of Pirates and the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest grossed $135.5 million in the first 3 days of its release, breaking the box office tally of the highest weekend. Depp has said that Sparrow is "definately a big part of me" and even after the next sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: At World End, he still wants to play the role in further sequels.  

Depp has collaborated with good friend Tim Burton in eight films. After Edward Scissor Hands and Ed Wood, Depp's next venture was the role of Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hallow. In 2005 Depp worked with Burton on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory playing Willy Wonka, the film was a box office success. In 2007 Depp Starred in Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street bringing Depp his second major award win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. 

The next Depp-Burton collaboration was Alice in Wonderland in 2010, Depp played the Mad Hatter alongside Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Alan Rickman. 

The well accomplished Johnny Depp is an award winning actor, producer, sex symbol, musician, wino, father and has also been listed on the Guinness Book of Records in 2012 as the highest paid actor. You could safely say - He has made it. 

Head over to www.costumebox.com.au to check out a wide range of Johnny Depp's movie inspired costumes. 


Jun 25, 2012

Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Sydney 2012

Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Sydney 2012.

In being where so many Australians wear costumes, the 2012 Supanova Pop Culture Expo seemed the ideal event to share with everyone an insight into where Australia buys costumes – Costume Box. At Costume Box we are dedicated to providing the most extensive range of adult’s, men’s, women’s, children’s costumes and accessories to all Australians; along with our happiness guarantee, authentic customer service and customer product satisfaction from an easy-to-use online marketplace. We are here to make your online costume shopping experience one filled with fun, and enjoyment, which will make you want to come back for more. After all you can never have too many costumes.

Returning to Sydney for its 10th annual showing, Supanova brought to Olympic Park a stellar array of anime, sci-fi, comic, literary, gaming and film related curiosities for the fanatic attendees to enjoy. Autograph signing stars such as Verne Troyer (Dr. Evil’s Mini-Me), seminars from author Matthew Reilly, live wrestling and rare comic displays consisted just some of the bizarre attractions that were our Supanova weekend. Such an event brings with it tides of enthusiasts keen to show off, search for or simply witness the wondrous creativity of costumes and cosplay, hence our willingness to attend and expose the Costume Box brand. With a range that covers so many facets of pop-culture, Costume Box felt it necessary to permeate the anime and comic-con market, allowing such fans access to costumes and accessories previously unavailable to them – all below standard retail prices.

In order to be noticed at Supanova we were required to rent a small booth from which we would run the weekend’s operations. Bannered with Costume Box insignia and secured by a terrifying animatronic Jason Vorhees, the booth was noticeably intriguing to everybody around. Attraction was also achieved through the display of a selection of supreme collector’s edition Star Wars, Batman and Cinderella costumes worn by our staff, who, by Sunday afternoon, had learned the true meaning of the word sweat. People loved the display and many took the opportunity to photograph themselves with our sith and cindy adorned staff, our professional photographer Rique uploading all the photos to facebook so people could tag and share their snaps with us with ease. The costumes on display were up for grabs for a lucky member of the crowd; the simple ballot-box competition was inundated with entries and the fortunate man drawn waltzed away equipped with a Supreme Edition Chewbacca costume. We also ran a number of ‘Where’s Wally’ competitions over the weekend through facebook and twitter, a $100 gift-voucher offered to anyone who found the sly Costume Box Wally somewhere among the colourful mass.

The constant crowds kept octane fairly maximumed all weekend, the fevering aisles meant that a simple journey to the cafeteria was plagued with several minutes of careful treading and muffled apologies, much to the benefit of all the stalls’ occupants. The atmosphere was at all times abuzz, with giveaways, competitions and live acts occurring constantly over the two days – our own stall heavily involved in the chaos. Respite came in the form of giant bean bags for the crew, with the ‘LoveSac’ display directly opposite our own, many a member reclining from time to time atop one of their luxurious lumps.

On the whole the weekend was a success not only for the costume box brand, but also for our crew, who themselves bagged goodies either purchased or won, dabbled in their own nerdy passions and had an awesome time. A sincere thanks to all who attended and supported booth 60, not only did you all help us achieve our goals but you also provided us with a tremendous of a weekend. See you there next year!!! 

Jun 8, 2012

Top 8 Supanova Survival Tips

Brisbane Supanova cue to enter. Where's Mr. Whippy when you need him?
Supanova has been growing in popularity in Australia, and if the the attendance numbers out of Brisbane are any reflection of what's in store for the Sydney show on June 15-17, it could be massive! This is one event definitely worth lining up for, with exhibitors from all over the globe, plenty of special appearances, and a host of events that will keep you entertained. To help you make the most of your day at Supanova, we've put together a list of survival tips. See you there!

Top 10 Supanova Survival Tips:

1. Leave the Car at Home. Public transportation is definitely the way to go when heading to Olympic Park. Buses and trains run right to the front of the Sydney Showground. Use Google Maps to plan your trip, or check out the SOP website, which has a handy map tool:

2.. The Early Bird Gets the Worm. Buy your tickets in advance online at FoxTix for Supanova. And be sure to get there early before the crowds. You'll have the opportunity to scope things out without and so many people crowding around, and get a plan for the rest of your day. Check the itinerary of events and plan your walking around time to fit into the scheduled events you want to catch.

3. Be Combat Ready. Take a back-pack, a bottle for water, and a few snacks. There are food vendors there, but having a stash on you is always handy. Dress in layers in case it gets hot, which is inevitable with a big crowd. Maybe even bring a pair of shorts or wear them in if it isn't too cold out. Also, charge your phone before you go, put your tickets somewhere safe.

4. Cash Is King. There will be ATM's available, but you can guess what the line-up will be like for them. Do yourself a favour, hit the bank-o up before you head inside the venue. Some retailers will have debit and credit card systems set-up, especially if they deal in larger ticket items, but for getting a slab of pizza, picking up the latest edition of Incredible Hulk #8, bring a few pineapples ($50's).

5. Pick A Spot. If you are going with someone else, or a group of friends, pick a meeting spot as soon as you get inside with a time to meet-up in case you get separated. You will all surely have mobile phones to keep in touch, but it's always good to have a back-up plan in case someones phone dies or service is sketchy.

6. Take a Break. Plan a time-out to catch your breath, rest your feet, and have a spot of food. Keep in mind that we are creatures of routine, so everyone is likely to be hitting up the food vendors between 11:30am-1:30pm.... try and work outside these times to minimize your waiting time. Or better yet, pack your own lunch!

7. Pack a Phone Charger. If you are going to be there all day and expect to blog from your mobile or will be tweeting and facebooking lots, having a charger in your bag of tricks might be a wise move. Finding a spot to plug in might give you the chance to catch up a break from the crowds and rest up.

8. Share the Love. Remember those that can't be there and want to know what's going on! Be sure to Tweet lots of posts of what's going on, pics of cool stuff, and

Oh ya, one more sneaky thing to do...

9. Check out the CostumeBox.com.au booth (#60) and say g'day to the crew! We'll be showing off some of our Collector Edition Costumes and raffling off some sweet goodies, and doing photo opps!

Costume box logo

Jun 7, 2012

Costume Box Mad Hatters BIGGEST Morning Tea - Supporting the Cancer Council

Every year the Cancer Council encourages people to host morning teas across Australia to support Cancer research with Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. This year to date they have raised over $530,000 for the cause. Cancer has affected all of our lives in some way and to continue to advance in medical research and help those who have to fight the battle of cancer Costume Box decided to host a Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatters Costume Tea Party.

It was an early start to get all the decorations up and make the room where we were having our tea party look busy, colourful and MAD.

All the staff came dressed in their favourite Alice in wonderland inspired costumes or hats.

To create the Tea Party atmosphere we used colourful crepe paper, balloons supplied by the Cancer Council, cardboard cake stands, playing cards, pictures off the internet that we glued onto a red plastic table cloth, cups and saucers, hookah, and lots of colourful treats and table wear.

The Goodies! The staff were busy bakers!
CEO's Roma & Nikki having a cuppa!
Alice & a Bunny!
Some of the treats for sale were cupcakes, mars bar slice, chocolate crackles, sandwiches, brownies, banana bread, scones, fruit juice, lolly boxes, fresh exotic fruit, potato salad cups just to mention some. We sold each item for a gold coin donation and with a target of $300.

Costumebox.com.au ended up raising $371.00 to support Cancer research. We are all very proud and encourage everyone to join in such a great cause.