Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dr. Horrible / Captain Hammer

With the interwebs exploding and crashing due to the heavy traffic of the Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, costumers & cosplayers around the country are scampering to be the first to appear as Captain Hammer, Dr. Horrible, Penny and even the Groupies for SDCC and Dragon*Con. The questions are buzzing about where to get the gear to make a decent representation of the characters. As I discover suppliers & designers, I'll just keep editing this post.

Dr. Horrible
Lab Coat - other than having one custom designed you can get away with something that's pretty close. Check out this dental supplier. Their T001 and A001 styles are your best bet. Apparently the lab coat worn by Neil Patrick Harris is actually a recycled costume from a Firefly episode; it was later dyed red for Act III.

Goggles - a friend of mine clued me into the fact that Horrible's accessories are welding supplies. I had no idea! And luckily, they are not expensive. Look for flip-up goggles with dark lenses. To help with your search look up keywords like "cutting & brazing." Here are a couple of choices from Global Sources:
Pan Taiwan
Doris Industrial & (http://doris-ind.com/02-SafetyGoggles.htm)
Amazon - these seem to have the best shading of the lenses but are currently unavailable.
Grobet seems to have another set.
These Sellstrom goggles are rather cheap and have a #5 shade to them as well. The green part would need some distressing to look worn and darker.

Up for debate is the color of the goggles so if you believe they are not green with shaded lenses and prefer to be in the silver with green lenses camp, then check out these at Morton Safety. I took a couple screen caps from Act I and they do look silver with green lenses.

Gloves - these are also welding supplies; for most of the show, he wears white but in Act III changes to black gloves and boots which are very easy to find. The white ones are harder so here are some links:
They are Tillman brand gloves with the logo on the cuff which is what makes perfect replicas harder to find.
These Black Stallion ones are close too; I would recommend using some white paint to cover up the logo enough so that it doesn't stand out as much but you can still see it.

Dr. Horrible wears your basic white rain boot or "wellies" as they say across the pond. You can find inexpensive commercial grade white rain boots on Amazon for around $23.
Another tall pair at QC goes for close to $20. They have two different pairs in white for steel toe or standard.
ACE Hardware also carries a pair.

For a huge selection of black men's rubber boots, try QC.

Captain Hammer
Jinx.com has the T-shirt worn by Captain Hammer; some people are willing to go the extra mile and make their own with fabric paint or craft foamie cutouts for the logo. The cargo pants are easy enough to find at places like Old Navy. The black gloves can be simply black pirate gloves from your local Party City/Halloween store or even Darth Vader ones if you have them lying around. I firmly believe in interchanging costume parts so that you cut down on how much you need to spend.

Jinx.com sells the T-Shirts worn by the groupies but apparently they sold out immediately; unfortunately it's the only place I know that carries them. For the cool green & black tights wore by the one groupie girl, check out We Love Colors' black striped thigh highs.

Penny - her wardrobe is pretty normal and casual. The key is to get the hair right and then I would suggest a floral dress with bloody shrapnel.


Anonymous said...

Hammer's gloves look like electrical safety gloves - try McMaster-Carr (industrial supplies) at mcmaster.com. Part number 5333t79 looks close (no color photos) - price is about $50. They are seamless dielectric rubber (black).

Amber Love said...

If you take a look at this screen shot comparison to the Tillman gloves, you'll see why they match. I personally don't see the need to be spot on perfect but some folks will take leaps and bound to absolutely as accurate as possible:


Bsti said...

Sock Dreams has more variety of striped thigh highs, cheaper, and free shipping in the US.
mention they are for a Dr. Horrible costume as they are big fans.

Brandon said...

You can judge for yourself how close of a match this is for Capt. Hammer's gloves; I think it looks good but the gauntlet might not be long/flared/or stiff enough, but for $15 (free shipping with coupon code MONKEY ) I figure it's worth a try.

Amber Love said...

Thanks for the additional links! I just love that sock-dreams site. I believe that's where The Dark Knight Joker socks are too.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have a much clearer pic of the logo on lab coat pocket? I went to a embroidering booth and they said the picture would have to be much clearer for them to digitize it. I don’t have the photo software or knowledge to pull it myself. Any help would be appreciated, thanks! -Rick

Amber Love said...

It's just a caduceus, the generic medical/doctor symbol. You can find it easily in clip art galleries.

Ashley said...

Irongate Gallery now sells a replicated costume for Dr Horrible, includes labcoat and goggles for around $100.


Gelatinous said...

This is in regard to fellow US fans of Dr Horrible that might be looking for the costume...
The members of my rock band, The Shake Ups, are all dressing as Dr Horrible for our Halloween show.
I had to do a LOT of research to obtain appropriate garb, so I thought I'd let you know what I found...

First of all, unless you're in the UK or Ireland it's going to be difficult to find the howie labcoat. I found one that was close at Jamstore.co.uk, however they do not ship international orders - and have yet to process my refund... So unless you're in one of the aforementioned areas, don't bother with them.

The closest coat I found was through Pastelli, the Italian company mentioned above, that does actually have a US branch.
Look for model T001 Tecnus or A001 Los Angeles, which are the closest to the doctor's design. It took a
while for me to hear back from someone, but the direct e-mail for the person that handles the US &
Canada is sltenter@hotmail.com, and the website to find the coats is www.sltenterprises.com.

The goggles are model VG800H5 and are discontinued, and therefore out of stock at many places.
I was able to find them at Amazon for pretty cheap.

For boots, do a search for "boot shrimper white" at www.acehardwareoutlet.com, and then find your size.

Also, for anyone wanting to be Captain Hammer, you can get the perfect gloves (Darth Vader gloves!) at most party supply or Halloween stores this time of year. These are far closer than any other recommendations I've seen.

Hope this helps!

cullam said...

To get Dr. Horrible's pretty much exact Gloves, get a pair of fencing gloves. The cheap, all white/off white kind. I think that's what he's actually wearing, as the gloves at the fencing club I practice at look exactly like them. I'm not sure where you could find them on-line, as many gloves have coloured parts, but I'm sure there out there somewhere, in case that helps.

Kevin said...

V for Vendetta gloves work very well too

Anonymous said...

A tip for those who want to make some of these things... check out the zoomed in photos at the jinx shirts page... I went further and vectorized them online with "Vector Magic".

Another thing to try is to enlarge the thing you want with the trial version of some "Fractal Image" software. You get better results than even bicubic interpolation.

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Calamitybird said...

Oh, this is awesome! I didn't think of Dr. Horrible for my son until after we'd already decided on Guybrush Threepwood for this year, but we're definitely considering this for next year. Some of your links are no longer valid, but the tips point me in the right direction of what sort of business to search for the items.

Just wanted to add, though, at least here in the Midwest, all the Wal-Marts and Krogers carry striped tights in the Halloween costume section that look just like those, in purple, orange, hot pink, and that neon green. $3.99 or thereabouts.

Amber Love said...

Sorry about the links but it is a really old post. The Dr. Horrible site also has some links and tips about putting the costumes together. I hope this still helps a little before they start mass producing them in a third world country.

Marko said...

The closest match to Hammer's Gloves are in fact these from First Manufacturing. They are Motorcycle Gloves, Gauntlet style.


Unfortunately, they sell out quickly and have about a 4-5 week lead time.