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You guys are amazing!!! 175 costumes for Timmy's trip to SDCC came in from all across the country as part of Timmy's Cosplay Contest this year. El Paso, Texas alone had 26 entries! We had 21 Marvel creations and 8 from Overwatch. Mercy (from Overwatch) and Wonder Woman tied as the most popular costume, but Deadpool, Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z, and Kratos from God of War were close behind.

And so, allow us to say congratulations to
Thanos Timmy created by Zevanda B. for our El Paso store!!!

The throne. Lights up. Thanos will be traveling with ThinkGeek's Away Team to Comic-Con. Swing by Booth #3349 to check him out in person (unless, of course, he's off doing a panel or something).

Mad props to Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth by Erin S. for our Buford, GA store and this Thirteenth Doctor from Doctor Who by Dani M. for our Oklahoma City store, who placed second and third, respectively!

Judge's Choice Awards

Additionally, we wanted to recognize a few of the Timmys that were our personal favorites around the office.

Big Daddy
Big Daddy from Bioshock, created by Lane B. for our Raleigh, NC store
Selected by Regan, Copymonkey and Keeper of the Timmys
I just love the attention to detail on this one. It's all crafted out of polymer clay, and the helmet not only goes on and off over Timmy's tricky head, but also it's hinged so Timmy can have the visor up. It's clearly a labor of love.


Mercy
Mercy from Overwatch, created by Christina C. for our Savannah, GA store
Selected by Bianca, Social Media Maven and Timmy's Handler
How could I not choose my main? This Mercy Timmy is expertly crafted OUT OF FOAM(!), even down to Dr. Ziegler's Caduceus Staff. Heroes never die!


NCR Trooper
NCR Timmy Trooper from Fallout: New Vegas, created by Austin W. for our Clearwater, FL store
Selected by jnet, Manager of the Codemonkey Developer Squad
After seeing this, Timmy's... Timmy's outfit should never change. 1) The attention to detail with the mask (please note: if you add a battery-powered light to anything, you've p much got my vote). 2) The flag (look.at.that.flag) with the accurate miniaturized depiction of the NCR's iconic two-headed bear. 3) The spot-on colorization of (what looks like) a plasma rifle. 4) So! Good!


Georgie
Georgie from IT, created by Katrina F. for our Sugar Land, TX store
Selected by Erin, Customer Communications Monkey and God Emperor of Fun
This Timmy is the perfect mix of adorable and creepy. From one angle, he's the sweetest boy in his trademark yellow slicker, but check out his right arm and you can see where Pennywise has taken his first nibble. Plus, his balloon looks just like a lollipop.


Blue-Shelled Timmys

We also had a lot of flippin' incredible Timmys who never made it out of their local competition. We here at World Domination HQ haven't seen these in person, but we wanted to give their creators a shoutout for the excellent creativity and craftsmanship.

We're at San Diego Comic-Con!

SDCC 2018... ENGAGE!

San Diego Comic-Con 2018 is upon us!

Avengers, assemble! We've put together a handy guide to help you stalk us during this week of awesome.


The Official ThinkGeek SDCC Strategy Guide

Where to Find Us:

San Diego Comic-Con
  • Come visit us in the Exhibitor's Hall behind Hasbro and Toynami. We're in booth #3349, but check the map first ("WHO NEEDS A MAP?" Probably everyone, SDCC is HUGE).

    This is our sixth year at Comic-Con, and we'd love to see a friendly face, so be sure to drop by and say hello. While you've got a monkey's ear, complete the daily quest to get some free swag (see below)!

ThinkGeek IRL Stores:

Freebies:

  • Looking to score some free loot? Don't think it'll be so easy! Come by our booth #3349 and complete the secret daily quest to get a mystery goodie! Check for a new quest each day before the floor opens on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

 

COMING SOON! We have Comic-Con Debuts and Exclusives!


Can't make it to Comic-Con?

  • No worries! We can't all fit in that convention center. Keep a sharp eye on our social media pages and we may just have a way to bring the con straight to your door.


Happy stalking!

Swing by our booth any time for awesome swag, freebies, or just a quick chat with a monkey. Hope to see you there!

Timmy's Costume Corps Every year Timmy goes to Comic-Con with a handful of new cosplay outfits made by you, his volunteer costume corps. This year we made it a contest, and the Timmy clones submitted to each each store (and the ones submitted to ThinkGeek World Domination HQ) are now competing against each other locally to win a $100 gift certificate and advance to the Final Round.

What's the Final Round? Well, the winner from each of the stores (and the winner from those submitted to ThinkGeek World Domination HQ) all compete against each other in a cage match for bragging rights, photographs with the Away Team at SDCC, and a $500 ThinkGeek gift card.

Let the voting begin

Are you the Simon Cowell of Timmy costumes? Do you know quality monkey cosplay when you see it? We've collected the voting links for each of the stores here so you can see all the amazing skillz of your fellow ThinkGeek fans and check out Timmy in his new duds. And "like" the best ones, because we know you have opinions.

You may already be a winner!

Several stores had just one entry into the Timmy Costume Contest this year, so we can already declare the following folks First Round Victors! Congratulations! *throws confetti you're never going to get out of the carpet*

Vote before 11:59pm local time Thursday evening

First Round winners will be announced Friday the 6th, and the Final Round voting begins Tuesday, the 10th. And here's the bit the Legal monkeys told us we had to include: http://bit.ly/2KsGxIh
Payment in Bottlecaps
We've been asking you to clothe Timmy for SDCC now for 8 years, and in the process we've received some epic creations. We wanted to introduce you to the humans behind some of those inspirational (aspirational?) cosplay ideas each week leading up to Comic-Con. Here's the our final Elite Rank Timmy Costumer for you to hear from...

Meet Mat S!

Mat is nothing if not over the top with his Timmy costumes. He does the BEST accessories, and they have an incredible level of detail. He's created Wasteland Trader Timmy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Timmy (whom we keep on display as Leo, but Mat provided us the accessories for all four Turtles!). Let's learn a little more about him.

What do you like to do?

I really like making nifty things - it's why I wanted to make cool costumes for Timmy and the reason I started my own business, Czarofhappiness Props. In addition to bingeing superhero shows on Netflix and playing Xbox games, I have more-active hobbies, including Flying Trapeze, Martial Arts (Kickboxing & JKD), and outdoorsy stuff, like Kayaking, Hiking, & Cycling.

What flavor of geek are you?

I guess I'm a Renaissance Geek - I like a little (or a lot) of all things geeky. My top 3 obsessions are: Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, and Fallout.

How do you get your inspiration?

I have no idea, but looming deadlines are a key factor. I love making references and including easter eggs in a lot of my work, so that's an element of what goes into giving me ideas.

If you had to give others one tip about costuming Timmy, it would be

Find the Venn diagram areas where your geeky interests/fandoms and your arts/crafts talents overlap. That'll not only help narrow down the list of what you want to make, but it'll set you up to create cool things that look and feel right. (This is why the two Timmy costumes I've done so far are very prop-/object-centric.)

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Want to know more about Mat S? Check out his Twitter account (@czarofhappiness) or the Facebook page for his business, Czarofhappiness Props, where you can see more of his amazing handiwork.

On that note, allow us to remind you that


We have a contest running in the stores and at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ for the ultimate costume for Timmy to wear to Comic-Con 2018. Make with the clicking of the link above for details!

Timmy as Snape
We've been asking you to clothe Timmy for SDCC now for 8 years, and in the process we've received some epic creations. We wanted to introduce you to the humans behind some of those inspirational (aspirational?) cosplay ideas each week leading up to Comic-Con. Here's the third in our series highlighting Elite Rank Timmy Costumers...

Meet Lory M!

Lory is the brains (and hands) behind Timmy's Snape, Iron Man, and Connor from Assassin's Creed cosplay. Look at all the tiny buttons!!!1! Let's find out a little more about her...

What do you like to do?

My favorite thing to do right now is LARPing. I play a game called Twin Mask, out of So Cal. It's the biggest thing that keeps me sewing and making costumes, as I'm forever making myself new pieces. Outside of that, I'm a software admin, a video gamer, and a cat mom to two little tuxedo kittens, Castor and Pollux! Though I do love to sew, I'm hoping to become a novelist when I grow up. Writing is one of my passions!

What flavor of geek are you?

Any and every! I run a D&D game once a month, LARP as often as I can, play all sorts of video games (console and computer), I love board games (current favorite is Shadows of Brimstone), will read anything written by Neil Gaiman, love both Star Trek and Star Wars, and could listen to Neil DeGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye talk about science pretty much all day every day. I love both fantasy and sci-fi equally, though I find my analog geekeries tend toward fantasy and my digital geekeries tend toward sci-fi.

How do you get your inspiration?

I picked up sewing in High School, and never looked back. I joined a Ren Faire reenactment group in High School, and started cosplaying in college. Costumes from Video Games, movies, TV shows, or artwork from book covers will sometimes send me into a 'I wonder if I can make that' crafting fit.

I also have some Costume Designers that I know I'll always love what they do. For my favorites, Colleen Atwood, William Ivey Long, and Ruth E. Carter are top of my list!

If you had to give others one tip about costuming Timmy, it would be

No matter the costume - the details and accessories are really the best part. They add texture to any costume, and can really make a costume feel like it's the clothes of the character. Don't be afraid to be a little extra when it comes to making accessories for Timmy!

For instance, on Timmy's Assassin Creed costume, I had the best time making his weapons and embroidering his hood with a bird motif. I made him a bow, quiver, axe, and little feather to hang from his tail. (Ed. note: And she hand painted a tiny AC symbol on it.)

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Want to know more about Lory M? Check out her YouTube channel, where she has a How to Sew series of tutorials.

On that note, allow us to remind you that


We have a contest running in the stores and at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ for the ultimate costume for Timmy to wear to Comic-Con 2018. Make with the clicking of the link above for details!

Bowser at PAXEast
We've been asking you to clothe Timmy for SDCC now for 8 years, and in the process we've received some epic creations. We wanted to introduce you to the humans behind some of those inspirational (aspirational?) cosplay ideas each week leading up to Comic-Con. Here's our fourth Elite Rank Timmy Costumer...

Meet Mari R.C!

Mari's costumes are often the first ones to catch people's eye when they see all the Timmys up close. Both her Bowser and her Hellboy have fabulous, precise details. (Check out her Instructable for Hellboy, whom she sewed from scratch.) Let's find out a little more about her...

What do you like to do?

My favorite thing to do is to make! Anything and everything. From drawing, to sewing, to wood & concrete work, I love it all. And my favorite things to make usually revolve around childhood memories, the nostalgia makes me happy!

What flavor of geek are you?

Too many to even calculate on demand but my all time favorites include Super Mario, Harry Potter, Back To The Future and The 10th Kingdom : )

How do you get your inspiration?

Sometimes it's from watching a movie/show, sometimes it's from looking at the supplies I have and thinking of what I can make from them, and a lot of times it's from necessity of not finding what I want anywhere and taking matters into my own hands. (Literally.)

If you had to give others one tip about costuming Timmy, it would be

Do it! It's so fun and rewarding : ) And if I can throw in another tip it would be to pick a costume you're really passionate about, that way you give it your all and it comes out extra awesome!

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Want to know more about Mari? You can find her on the Twitters (@tweetedfrommars), the Instagrams (@sentfrommars), and check out her shop Sent From Mars, where she creates more amazing things inspired by her favorite fandoms.

On that note, allow us to remind you that


We have a contest running in the stores and at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ for the ultimate costume for Timmy to wear to Comic-Con 2018. Make with the clicking of the link above for details!

Hit-Girl poster
We've been asking you to clothe Timmy for SDCC now for 8 years, and in the process we've received some epic creations. We wanted to introduce you to the humans behind some of those inspirational (aspirational?) cosplay ideas each week leading up to Comic-Con. Here's our second Elite Rank Timmy Costumer...

Meet wabbit!

wabbit made Timmy's cosplay for Rey, Kick-Ass, and Hit-Girl aka Hit-Timmy. Let's find out a little more about her...

What do you like to do?

I write fanfic and blogs, make costumes, build Lego, watch movies/TV, read comics, play with my dogs, worship my cat, and occasionally run various distances and/or do triathlons for charity. I also do a fair bit of Rebel Legion stuff. And I work a day job to make money to pay for all this geekery.

What flavor of geek are you?

Tiger's Blood. That's my favorite snow cone flavor, anyway. Oh. You meant what type of geek. Um...sci-fi? Star Wars/Trek/Gate. Then comics. Mostly Marvel, but some other titles, too. I love Firefly and The X-Files and Farscape. I'm a dedicated Ravenclaw, too. I'm much less into fantasy (with the aforementioned Harry Potter and Star Wars aside - yes, Star Wars is fantasy, folks) and I know hardly anything about anime and gaming (other than Pokemon - I do play Pokemon GO quite a bit).

How do you get your inspiration?

So, several years before Think Geek asked for Timmy costumes, I made special Timmy Clones for some friends of mine. I was pretty new to sewing then and did it as a project to see if I could. It turned out pretty well, so when I saw saw a tweet about making Timmy costumes years later, I investigated. I looked at the list of "most wanted" costumes and saw Hit-Girl on it, so I signed up. Since I'd done a Hit-Girl for myself recently, I had fabric left over, so why not? Then it was just miniaturizing everything.

The next year, I made Kick-Ass because no one else had, and Hit-Timmy needed a partner.

And then Rey was on the most wanted list the next year, and again, I'd recently done Rey for myself, so tiny copying commenced.

If you had to give others one tip about costuming Timmy, it would be

Remember that Timmy's feet are ginormous, so any pants have to account for that if you want to get them on and off. Timmy's hands have the same effect, but less so. Oh! And hook side Velcro sticks to Timmy Clones! This is useful for wigs and such.

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That bolding in the last one is ours. We have on multiple occasions made pants for Timmy and then realized his feet wouldn't fit. Want to know more about wabbit? Follow her Twitter account @wabbit89!

On that note, allow us to remind you that


We have a contest running in the stores and at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ for the ultimate costume for Timmy to wear to Comic-Con 2018. Make with the clicking of the link above for details!

Please put something on this monkey.
We've been asking you to clothe Timmy for SDCC now for 8 years, and in the process we've received some epic creations. We wanted to introduce you to the humans behind some of those inspirational (aspirational?) cosplay ideas each week leading up to Comic-Con. First up...

Meet Laurie M!

Laurie owns the hands and brains behind Timmy's very first Jedi robe, and his Kaylee, Wash, Ikea Monkey, Helena / Rachel / Sarah from Orphan Black, and Sock Monkey costumes! That's a lot of creating! Let's ask her a few questions...

What do you like to do?

I've always loved to read and sew. When I was a child, I would sew doll clothes; as I got older I've made pillows, curtains, quilts, and all of my son's Halloween costumes as he was growing up. I've also taught myself knitting, cross stitch, and beading. I introduced my niece and a couple of my son's friends to knitting, too. For a few years I had an online jewelry store. I love making pretty things.

I love sci-fi conventions, too. My first con was Dragon*Con in 2008. I brought my son and we had such a blast! I've been to a few more since then, and I wish I could go much more often.

What flavor of geek are you?

I'm definitely a sci-fi geek. I remember watching the original Battlestar Galactica when I was a kid. What's funny is I didn't even know I was a geek. I knew the word, but I didn't realize it applied to me. None of my friends liked the things that I did. It wasn't until I met a group of people on a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan board in 2003 that I realized that THESE ARE MY PEOPLE! Now I embrace it. I love Doctor Who, V (the original), Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, and all things Joss Whedon, especially Firefly. My two cats are named Malcolm and Wash.

How do you get your inspiration?

I usually start with my own fandoms, of course, since if I love the subject, I'm going to love what I make. I also try to aim for what will be unique, or ironic, like the monkey-wearing-a-monkey-costume costumes I made.

If you had to give others one tip about costuming Timmy, it would be

Just go with what you love, and have fun!

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Wise words! Want to know more about Laurie M? Follow her Twitter account at @nonnymouse_!

On that note, allow us to remind you that


We have a contest running in the stores and at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ for the ultimate costume for Timmy to wear to Comic-Con 2018. Make with the clicking of the link above for details!

Timmy loves bananas!

The future may have no bananas

Ah, bananas. You can tally them. You can feed them to monkeys. You can fling the peels at your frenemies in Mario Kart. And they are high in potassium! On this day in 1876, American visitors to the World's Fair in Philadelphia were introduced en masse to the banana, but probably not the Cavendish bananas we're used to today. In the wild, bananas have huge seeds and very little fruit so farmers cultivate them for the opposite. That means they're clones - genetically identical - which never ends well. The Gros Michel, higher in isoamyl acetate, was wiped out by disease, only to be replaced by Banana 2.0, which we eat today. Meanwhile, the pathogen has been quietly evolving. How much longer can the cultivated banana exist? Timmy's going to buy them all up, just in case. And also maybe invest in Bananacoin...

Every year around this time, we come to you requesting new costumes for Timmy to wear to San Diego Comic-Con. And you, our fabulous makers and crafters and artists, turn your skillz to creating tiny outfits for our favorite monkey to wear to SDCC.

Check this out. Because of your awesomeness, Timmy now has over 200 costumes in his closet that we've been able to show off at events over the years!!1!

Costumes we're crossing our fingers for this year (strikethrough means it's been claimed):
anybody from Stranger Things (Barb, Demogorgon)
a dinosaur (T. Rex)
Black Panther
Lando Calrissian (original trilogy or Solo)
Winston, Zarya, Tracer, or Briggite from Overwatch
any of the Voltron Paladins (Lance/Blue Lion)
Rick and/or Morty
anybody from Westworld
Garrus or Commander Shepard from Mass Effect (we have a Tali)
Batman (we have Robin, Poison Ivy, and Harley, but no Bruce Wayne)

We welcome all your ideas and suggestions, too!

Not sure where to start? Need some inspiration? We're interviewing one of our past Epic Costumers each week from now through July to let them share the wisdom they've learned from making tiny monkey costumes.

New this year: ThinkGeek IRL Stores & Contest

And this year there's a new twist! The ThinkGeek IRL stores asked, "Can we get in on this, too?" And we said SURE! Each of our local stores will be holding a contest for the most epic Timmy costume. Bring yours to your local ThinkGeek IRL store by June 30th to be entered to win a $100 gift certificate and will advance to the Final Round! Not sure if you have a local store? Find your closest store here and sign up today in-person.

What's the Final Round? Well, the winner from each of the stores (and the winner from those submitted to ThinkGeek World Domination HQ) all compete against each other in a cage match for bragging rights, photographs with the Away Team at SDCC, and a $500 ThinkGeek gift card.

If you don't have a local store (or if you'd just prefer it), you can send your Timmy costume to us to compete against the others in an epic battle at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ. If you sign up below, we'll be in touch via email to confirm your costume pick to ensure maximum costume efficiency. We also have Timmy clones handy if you'd like to snag one, but Timmy's measurements are below for reference.


Timmy's measurements

Height: 8"
Chest (all the way around): 9"
Neck (all the way around): 8"
Arm (shoulder to end of hand): 3.5"
Shoulder to wrist: 2"
Tips of fingers to fingers across shoulders: 10"
Inseam: 2"
Outseam (hip to bottom of foot): 3.5"
Head (where a hat would fit): 8"
Height (tip of head to bottom of foot): 7.5"
Tail length: 5"
Width of face across nose: 2"
Width of feet (so you can get pants on over them): 1.75"
Neck to hip (for shirts): 3"
Pretty sure that's every possible measurement, but let us know if we missed one!

Your deadline, should you choose to accept it

Because of the two rounds of competition this year, our deadline is a bit earlier than usual.The deadline for your costume to arrive at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ is June 30th, 2018.

Where to ship your creations

(Obviously this only applies if you're not handing your Timmy over to your local ThinkGeek IRL store.) If you're mailing it to ThinkGeek World Domination HQ, address your costume to:

Timmy's Volunteer Costume Corps, ThinkGeek
11216 Waples Mill Road, Suite 100
Fairfax, VA 22030

We would say "may the odds be ever in your favor," but you told us to never tell you the odds, so we can respect that. And here's the bit the Legal monkeys told us we had to include: /files/timmys-cosplay-contest/timmys_cosplay_contest__round1_terms_conditions.pdf