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Richard the Lionheart Costume
The troops gather along the bottom of the tall, stone walls of the city. The men of the army seem nervous. Their spears clatter in the breeze above their heads. It's quiet, too quiet, the men finally have time to think after the long march from camp. They need their leader. They need those brave words that got them all the way here. They need you, Richard the Lion Hearted! With you, they feel no fear!
Life in the 1100's wasn't all chaste ladies, lilting lutes, and chivalry, though there was plenty of all of those things. In the reign of Richard the Lion Hearted the world was a tough place, even for royalty. Richard was off fighting in the crusades from a very young age. While he was eventually offered a place on the English throne, he felt more comfortable on the battlefield than in court. He's the epitome of a medieval manly man. Even though he was only in his realm for about six months during his reign as king, the people of England still tell legends about him, hundreds of years after he died. He even has a heroic role in Robin Hood when he punishes Prince John for his tyranny and gives Robin Hood and Maid Marian the go ahead to get hitched.
Take the throne this Halloween, as you don the trappings of this tough King who fought his own battles. Just don't forget to have the blacksmith make you a sword and shield, King Richard wouldn't be caught dead without them. This costume doesn't just have heart, it has the heart of a lion!
- 100% polyester interlock knit fabric
- Teal ankle-length robe has printed gold lion and brocade ribbon trim on front
- Robe has gray sleeves & brown foam-backed faux suede epaulets
- Gray hood can be pinned to robe w/ medallions
- Dark red ankle-length cape fastens to robe w/ Velcro tabs at shoulders
- Antique-gold-tone molded plastic medallions fasten w/ safety pins
- Brown faux leather belt has antique-gold-tone metal buckle
- Brown foam-backed faux suede arm guards fasten with faux leather straps and gold-tone metal buckles
- Gilded crown is molded latex
- Arm guards
- 2 Medallions
Pros: It looked great on my TALL husband. It was shorter than in the picture but we expected that. It was preferable to the other costumes with short tunics that we were worried would look like t shirts. It's good enough quality that it isn't going to rip as you put it on and adjust it, and wear it repeatedly. The belt and arm guards are made of a good material. The velcro that holds the cloak onto the tunic are strong enough to actually keep it attached. The crown is a good quality and doesn't come apart (that seems to be a common complaint with some costume crowns, no need to worry about that with this one! I think my kids will be playing with it for months to come).
Cons: The fit around the armpit/shoulder area is a bit tight and leaves no room for a shirt, if you order the correct size according to the sizing chart. The medallion pins used to cover the velcro for the cloak are hot glued to the medallions. The first time we popped open the pins to put them on, both pins came off the medallions so we were unable to use them. The arm guards themselves are made of a good quality fabric, but the straps used to hold them on are not. It is a flimsy, easily torn material.There are precut holes with eyelets (like a belt) to strap them on. We were unable to get a good fit to secure them so they wouldn't keep sliding around. Normally you could just create a new hole and run with it, but the strap fabric was so flimsy that it would have just torn, so my husband didn't wear those either.
Overall, we were happy with the costume but it could use a few improvements. I would recommend this costume.