Inside the Pokemon Costume!
The Pokemon character costumes are a common sight at Pokemon events, but have you ever wondered what's it like to be a Pikachu? Or a Munchlax? Dionne Walker, an AP reporter, found out by taking a job as a Pokemon character:
Playing a cartoon character - by Dionne Walker
I scoured Craigslist and found an ad: Workers needed for all-day kids event in Montgomery County, Maryland. I sent an e-mail and the next day, a woman called. Did I have tattoos? Did I have experience with kids? Finally she asked my height -- 5-foot-nothing. Then, gingerly: ''How do you feel about being in costume?'' She explained that there would be two characters who would have to take pictures with kids. The characters earned $18 an hour. I was all over it.
They e-mailed paperwork before my Friday night training and offered several tips -- ''Bring towels. Drink water. Wear shorts.'' Whoa. What had I gotten myself into?
I missed much of Friday night's training and when I returned Saturday morning, had no idea what to expect. I was guided to one of those mall back areas where I met with three other girls and two tall guys in Pokemon jackets; I later learned the guys were our ''handlers.''
We were instructed to assemble the costumes. I expected something close to those old '80s style Halloween numbers, a one-size-fits-all plastic body suit and a mask. I figured I'd spend the whole day doing the moonwalk in a Pikachu helmet and get $180 for my time. What emerged from four gigantic cloth bags instead was $10,000 worth of fiberglass, fur, rope and foam.
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