Picture of Gene Simmons Destroyer Costume
In early September 2009, my then 7-year-old son came up to me and announced that he wanted to be Gene Simmons for Halloween. As a longtime KISS fan, I was very proud of him for his excellent taste, and I immediately knew that of all the costumes that Gene has worn over the years, the 1976 Destroyer Tour costume is the most iconic look, and therefore the only choice for an awesome Halloween costume. Unfortunately, with its spiked armor, leather bat wings, studded codpiece and thigh-high scaly dragon-headed platform boots, it is also the most complicated to replicate on the shoestring budget I had at my disposal. Resolving to make as much of it as possible out of materials I had on hand or could find cheap or free, I set out to gather my materials.

First of all, let me apologize up front for the lack of in-process pictures. I totally spaced picture-taking in the mad rush to build this costume, so all of the shots are taken after the fact. I have tried to capture as much detail as possible in the pics, and to be extra desciptive in the text when necessary. I think the finished product is worth presenting anyway, and I promise to take more pics of any future builds I do.

That said, let's build a costume!
pure awsomeness! but what about the tongue?
I'm still perfecting the cow-tongue graft technology. Maybe next year....
i could see that happening! "hmmm... i see! lets put this nerve there and.. vuela!! a perfectly grafted cow tongue!"
Thank you! Keep an eye out for this year's LOTR Gimli costume (if I ever get it finished).
Screamo4 years ago
RavingMadStudios (author)  Screamo4 years ago
I'm going to take that as a compliment....
instruct394 years ago
awesome! Very good job on this 5*
RavingMadStudios (author)  instruct394 years ago
Thanks very much!
bradyz285 years ago
but the costume i awesome good job!
bradyz285 years ago
that almost looks like his make up
MrLouque5 years ago
 saw Kiss at the Calgary saddledome on nov 12
Kayjay MrLouque5 years ago
sweet i saw them in saskatoon and got a drum stick too front row section be lol could see the sweat dripping on them only bad part were the drunks that kept falling on me and spilling on me
i saw them on american idol
yeah, but i bet you didnt have sick a costume luke
 At least i saw them unlike gypsy rock kid *cough, Neil!*
You get my vote for dad of the year. I can only hope my 2 year old will ask to be Gene Simmons. At the very least Vinnie Vincent...just kidding.
It's never too early to start playing Alive! in their bedroom while they sleep. Worked for me, anyway.

At my house, we do not speak of the "Ankh Warrior". Ever. ;)
rjwarpath5 years ago
That kid is freakin awesome!
RavingMadStudios (author)  rjwarpath5 years ago
Yeah, he's a keeper. Most of the time....
red-king5 years ago
 awesome! i like the boots.
RavingMadStudios (author)  red-king5 years ago
Thanks, me too. I'm thinking about making a pair in my size to wear around the house. ;) I'm only half joking about that....
mrcrumley5 years ago
 With gracious shout-outs like this, you can steal my stuff anytime.
RavingMadStudios (author)  mrcrumley5 years ago
You are truly a gentleman and a scholar. Thanks for letting me use the pic, and thanks again for the rockin' Thor 'ible.
jsgraham5 years ago
Mr. RavingMadStudios,

You rock!  As a lifetime KISS fan, it always warms my heart when someone makes a costume that does KISS justice.  I've seen a lot of KISS costumes over the years.  Your Gene '76 is the best I've seen. 

Thanks for sharing.
RavingMadStudios (author)  jsgraham5 years ago
Thanks very much. I've been wanting to make one of these since about 1977, and I finally got an excuse. It makes me very proud to know that other longtime KISS fans appreciate what I came up with.
I'm guessing one of the prouder moments of your life?

When i have a child i pray to god they ask me to be Gene for Halloween just so i can cry tears of joy.

Kudos my friend, kudos.
RavingMadStudios (author)  DjDeadMan6665 years ago
Thanks very much. I will always remember September 05, 2009 at 10:33 am as the exact moment I realized that I was going a pretty good job as a Dad.