A few weeks ago I received an invitation for our family to take part in a superhero themed world record attempt with Warner Brothers – I’d already made plans when the invitation came through so wasn’t able to attend and sent Dave along in my place!
I’ve been a fan of Superheroes for as long as I can remember, and probably before that too. When I was young, really young, I had a Spiderman outfit that I wore constantly. Constantly. I wore it to bed. I wore it after school. I even wore it to school. Under my uniform. Without anyone knowing. Just in case anything kicked off! I’d be prepared, you know! My Mum had to take it off me during the night to wash it and have it dry for the morning! I was quite distressed when I’d finally grown out of it.
So it’s no surprise that Ben is into Superhero’s in a big way too. Geek genes run strong in our family! It didn’t take me long to agree to go to the Superhero World record attempt when Colette mentioned it to me. Especially when she said we could all have costumes! We were sent a link to a website and everyone chose their costumes. Ben chose The Flash. Chloe was Wonder Woman. Amy was Supergirl and I was Batman. Original Adam West Batman. Not Christian Bale’s version. He’s probably a bit intense for a family event! I did choose the Batman costume with big fake muscles because, well, why not!
The costumes arrived and everyone looked fantastic. Ben’s first costume was too large but they sent out a replacement one very quickly much to his delight. Now when I say everyone looked fantastic, I mean the kids. I on the other hand . . . I’m quite tall. 6′ 5″ and I’m not slender. This costume would probably have fit someone who was 6′ and a bit slimmer. So when I tried it on the night before the event (always be prepared and all that!) it was obvious this wasn’t going to be the result I was hoping for!
The next day we got ready and the kids were very excited. A quick drive to Toys ‘r’ Us st Warrington and we were ready to go. Aside from the small fact of me squeezing in a costume designed for a much, much smaller human being! To start with the bottoms were scandalously tight. No room to hide anything if you catch my drift! Second when I pulled the top of the costume over my shoulders the crotch rushed up to meet them and did a very good job of chopping me in two, meaning my voice was a fair bit higher that its usual tone! The look was amplified by the fact that the overshoes of the costume were now at least 2 inches above my actual shoes – giving me a short of second shoe half way up my shin! (I’m reliable informed that this is expected to be all the rage in Milan next season) Adding to this wonderful effect was the issue of the elastic (which is sued to hold the overshoe to your actual shoe) had snapped under the massive strain it was experiencing, leaving the overshoe on my left leg 3 inches higher than the one on my right and sticking out off to the side rather than in line with my foot. I looked like a berk. Not just a berk but a berk who had sustained a serious leg injury. Probably whilst attempting to fight crime in an ill-fitting costume.
|The less said the better . . .|
However this post isn’t about me. It’s about a record attempt. So let’s get back to that. A large section of the Toys ‘r’ Us car park had been cordoned off for the event. There was a large screen playing cartoons, music playing and a compere with a megaphone keeping everyone’s spirits up. It’s a good job that the weather was playing ball and the sun had his hat on mostly because if it had been raining, I fear this event would have been markedly different. As you entered the event area your photo was taken by team members (who were doing their best not to laugh God bless them) and once you were in then you were mingling with all the other Superheroes.
The compere was holding a competition for all the kids to win prizes by asking them questions about DC Superheroes which was a nice touch and he was chatting to various people around the event about their costumes and crime fighting credentials.
|My very own Justice League|
I must say that a lot of the costumes were of a good quality and everyone was in high spirits as we waited for the record attempt. Face painting was on hand for the kids (and the adults as well I should imagine) and I was really impressed with the quality of the work. Ben originally asked to have the Flash’s gloves painted onto his hands as his costume didn’t have gloves! Quite a clever idea you might think, but not when he’s got to get back into the car and smear red paint all over everything he touches on the way home! He ended up with the Flash’s symbol painted onto his cheek. Chloe had Wonder Woman’s symbol painted on her and then it was nearly time for the record attempt!
This meant we had to leave the event area and queue up to get back in again (how very British!). As we entered we were filmed and then had to go to a certain spot and stand there for 5 minutes to fulfil the conditions of the record attempt. As we were standing around during the record attempt the compere was getting us all to wave to various cameras and shout out slogans. After the 5 minutes were up pictures were taken of all the Batmen together, then all the Flash’s etc etc. Prizes were given out for the best costume and then raffle prizes were given out.
At this point Chloe was getting a bit tired and cold so we had a quick look around inside the Toys ‘r’ Us. There wasn’t a huge amount inside to be honest but what there was, was tailor made for Ben! There was Batman Lego out on a table for playing with which kept both Ben and Chloe occupied for a while. There was also a couple of PS4s set up which had the latest Batman Lego game on them. Now Ben was extremely interested in these but, having never used a control pad before, was a little befuddled by actually playing the game. I let him mess around for 5 minutes before it was someone else’s turn. They also had a life size statue of Batman for pictures.
Overall the kids enjoyed themselves and the event was really well run. We didn’t find out immediately if the record had been broken as it all had to be verified etc (It was broken by the way!) but that was pretty much beside the point for me. Everyone was in a good mood and the kids loved their costumes. I just need to get a costume more suited to a gentle man of my size next time!
Understandably Dave didn’t manage to get many pictures of the day as three kids are hard enough at an event without throwing a camera into the mix so many thanks to the lovely Jenny from The Brickcastle for taking some photos of my little superhero crew on the day. (You can read her thoughts on the day here.
Thanks also the the lovely people at Warner Brothers for sending this fabulous bundle of goodies for the kid after the event as a thank you! You can imagine how thrilled they were with that!
*Disclaimer – We were sent our costumes free of charge to enable us to take part in the Super Hero World Record Attempt. All thoughts and opinions remain our own*