I mentioned last month about how a co-worker was working on a Batman-themed birthday party for her son. She was somewhat disappointed that her Cricut cartridge didn't have any Robin figures, and her son had asked about him specifically. So she asked me if one of the existing characters might be close enough to tweak.
So here's what the Green Arrow looks like...
I said, "Hey, you could switch some of the colors around and maybe add a quick cape, and you'd be close enough so that a four-year-old wouldn't know the difference." I whipped up a quick color scheme for her to follow...
And, sure enough, the kids at the party didn't think twice about Robin's costume being a tad off-model, and my co-worker was quite happy with how the party turned out.
The moral of the story is: don't get too hung up on the geekery. If a kid can't even tell substantial costume changes, they're not going to worry about continuity, much less whether or not the characters are completely consistent from one story to the next.
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