Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes

Vintage department store costumes followed a strangely predictable formula: soulless plastic mask + psychedelic torso art with the character's face again (for absolutely no reason). Here are some of your favorite scifi characters looking like narcissistic lunatics. First off, we have the Alien. It's like he was his own college mascot.

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Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


Half-Klingon, half-corn.

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


What would've made more sense — a Starfleet outfit, or a weird self-portrait.?

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


You could pencil on a mustache and create the Eye of Agamotto out of an ashtray, or you could dress as this constipated matador. Sometimes less is more.

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


Artoo doubles as a Daft Punk costume!

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


This Centurion just came back from seeing REO Speedwagon and Steppenwolf at the State Fair.

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


Bigfoot must always look fabulous, even though there's never an audience.

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


Bright green greasepaint would be more dignified.

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


Please don't stare at this costume too long.

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


Oh God. Nike Windrunners not included.

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


The designers realized this costume was a nightmare, so they tossed that cloying photo of Boxey on Muffit's torso to leaven things. It doesn't work.

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


Y'know what? Kirk would wear a photo of himself.

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


I like Vincent. His look is very Danceteria.

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


Is Jaws a man-eating calendar?

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


King Kong wearing an airbrushed t-shirt of himself. Nuff said.

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


You know something is terribly wrong when Condorman is the least conspicuous guy in the room.

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


A series of Dungeons and Dragons and Krull costumes. Note how the paladin has a giant portrait of himself emblazoned across his chest instead of, oh, armor. Same goes for the cyclops. It's also worth noting that this our second Krull -related article in 24 hours. This effectively doubles the number of Krull posts io9 has ever written.
[Plaid Stallions]

Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


Is that a costume of Humanoids from the Deep, the Roger Corman-produced flick about horny amphibious monsters? Really? The Melting Man over there look like a model citizen by comparison.
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Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


Brown felt is not expensive. A lifetime of counseling is.
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Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


The Ape Police have the best badges.
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Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


Dr. Zaius isn't a hip character, so they emblazoned his t-shirt with the macho apes.
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Cosplay on acid — the weirdly redundant art of dimestore scifi costumes


Now that's just unfortunate, Isis.
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