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Great Pretenders: Because Make-Believe Play is Important!

Great Pretenders

Because Make-Believe is So Much More Than Just a Costume


Great Pretenders

Great Pretenders believe that “dress-up” is so much more than just putting on a costume, as Oppenheim Toy Portfolio says:

“Pretend play is not just great fun. It’s the way kids develop imagination and creative thinking skills and try out being big and powerful. Pretending also brings the world down to the child’s size and understanding. It’s a way to develop communication skills and an outlet for expressing feelings and fears.”

Costumes are hard to come by unless its Halloween, and that is especially true for boys dress-up. My youngest son LOVES to dress up, and he will wear his Halloween costumes until they are literally falling apart. In my quest to find him quality, well-made costumes for year-round dress-up play, I came across a Canadian company called Great Pretenders.

Why Great Pretenders?

  • Great Pretenders is a Canadian company!
  • Many products are created from start to finish in Sarnia, Ontario (which allows Great Pretenders to personally oversee and guarantee product quality)
  • Products made in Canada proudly wear the Maple Leaf Logo

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  • At times, they also work with global factories outside of North America when their Canadian factory is not able to produce an item. These products are made to their exact specifications and high quality standards.
  • They have warehouses in both Canada and the United States. Items will ship out from the warehouse of your country, which reduces shipping cost, time, and also saves you from cross-boarder duties and custom charges.
  • All of their products meet safety regulations, and many have won prestigious awards!
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Great Pretenders Awards

We were sent a Bat Cape with Hood for Hayden’s Superhero Adventure pretend-play. Before I get to Hayden’s part of the review, I need to talk about the quality of this cape. We have other capes of varying quality and price in the house, but nothing compares to the quality of the Great Pretenders cape. Its not an exaggeration to say that this is built to LAST and will most certainly last through more than one child.

The quality of the Great Pretender products are absolutely amazing. You can actually SEE the love and care that went into the stitching. These are not factory/mass-produced costumes.  You can see all the details are there with the Bat Cape, nothing was missed. Just look at the quality of the stitching. This cape is made to last.

Great Pretenders Bat Cape with Hood

Bat Cape with Hood

Great Pretenders Bat Cape with Hood


Great Pretenders Bat Cape with Hood

Bat Symbol (back)

Not only are the Great Pretender products extremely high quality, they are also reasonably priced! Our Bat Cape with Hood retails for just $25! To be totally honest, I was not expecting a cape of this quality because of the low price tag. Its amazing, and I know we will get a LOT of use of it. Once Hayden outgrows this, it will be put into my toy box of toys I am saving for my future grandbabies. My oldest is 22, so its not as far off as it might seem!

Great Pretenders Bat Cape with Hood


Great Pretenders Bat Cape with Hood


Hayden LOVES his new Bat Cape. Now he can be Batman whenever he wants. The material is soft and comfortable, and I see hours and hours of imaginative Superhero play this spring and summer. Best of all (for me, anyways) is the fact that the cape is machine washable! I also like that it is size-flexible, so it can grow with your child and last for years.

Hayden LOVES his new Bat Cape. Now he can be Batman whenever he wants. The material is soft and comfortable, and I see hours and hours of imaginative Superhero play this spring and summer. Hayden LOVES his new Bat Cape. Now he can be Batman whenever he wants. The material is soft and comfortable, and I see hours and hours of imaginative Superhero play this spring and summer. Hayden LOVES his new Bat Cape. Now he can be Batman whenever he wants. The material is soft and comfortable, and I see hours and hours of imaginative Superhero play this spring and summer.

One of the newer products at Great Pretenders are Colour A Costumes! They are reversible (one side is satin, the other side is for colouring) and they come with 8 permanent water based markers. The Butterfly Wings also comes with 50 stick on gems.

Colour A Costume – Spider Superhero $25

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Colour A Costume – Butterfly Wings $25

If you would like to check out all the amazing products that Great Pretenders carries, visit them online or check them out on social media!

Website http://greatpretenders.ca/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GrtPretenders/

Twitter https://twitter.com/grtpretenders

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/grtpretenders/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/grtpretenders/

Buy it!

Visit Great Pretenders online here for purchasing products! Great Pretenders ships within North America. Canadian orders are shipped via Fedex or Canada Post, and orders to the U.S. are shipped using Fedex or USPS.

Shipping is FREE with purchases of $100 or more!

Win it!

One (1) lucky reader is going to win a any Great Pretenders product of their choice valued at $25 of less.

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The Prize: One (1) Winner will receive any Great Pretenders product of their choice valued at $25 or less (plus free shipping).

There will be ONE (1) Winner

Eligibility: Canada only

End Date: April 10,  2017

Good Luck!

Please note:
All Mandatory entries must be done for the extra (optional) entries to count.
ALL entries are checked and will be validated.
Winner(s) will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be picked!

This is a part of our Fun in the Sun Giveaway Event! To enter, please click HERE to get to the giveaway page!


Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the proud mom to five boys between the ages of 7-22. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, binge watching 90s television on Netflix, and entering contests.

This giveaway is hosted by A Mom’s Perspective and sponsored by Great Pretenders. A Mom’s Perspective is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Disclosure: I received a cape from Great Pretenders for testing and review purposes. Opinions in this post are honest, and my own, and have not been altered or influenced in any way.

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  1. Treen Goodwin

    My Grandson would love the Batman one , he loves dressing up and playing his favorite super hero 🙂

  2. nicky

    So cool! I’d love to get some butterfly wings for my niece – she would flip out!

  3. jan

    That Color A Cape Dragon would be something they’d all like to receive – so cool.

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    I believe that most kids love dressing up and these would all be wonderful for their imagination. I love the butterfly cape and I’m sure my granddaughter would fall in love with it too.

  5. Judy Cowan

    They have some really neat items, if I won I think I would pick the Colour A Princess Fairy Box. Definitely looks like Hayden likes his cape.

  6. Harry

    Simple answer – Batman.

  7. Janet M

    I love the Diamond Sparkle Cape Dark Pink. It is so lovely.

  8. Melissa Bowers

    I would pick the Batman for my son. Love that its a Canadian product. Thank you for the review!

  9. michelle hebert

    i would pick the spiderman cape, my son loves spiderman.

  10. Becky Best

    If I won, I would probably pick a tutu or a combination of accessories for girls, headbands etc. I love it all!!!! 🙂

  11. Kim K

    I would choose the Colour A Costume – Butterfly Wings if I won the giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

  12. Catherine Robichaud

    I know my grandchildren would love the Reversible Spider/Bat Cape. They are always dressing up to play so this would be well used.

  13. Erin McSweeney

    So many great choices I think I would choose the Hooded Spider Cape, Md

  14. kristen visser

    omg i love this place!! so many cute options. I think my youngest daughter would love the Snow Queen Cape

  15. Kari Barone

    We like the Knight long swords and the reversible knight/ dragon cape.

  16. Marilyn Legault

    My grandson would love the Color A Cape Dragon.

  17. Robyn Bellefleur

    My daughter would love the Bat cape, so I would pick that .

  18. s powell

    Diamond Sparkle Cape

  19. Gillian Morgan

    I would choose the Awesome Cape/Mask Set, Zonk, Orange/Yellow.

  20. Leana

    I would pick a color your costume- butterfly wings!

  21. Juliee Fitze

    If I win I would get me some of those butterfly wings.

  22. Lynda Cook

    This is a great company and I bought my granddaughter a princess dress, and she just loves it!!

  23. Angela Mitchell

    My son would love the Colour A Knight Tunic.

  24. Charity Banman

    My son would love the Batman cape

  25. Amy C

    I would choose the Spider Cape Set with Mask and Wristbands.

  26. Erinn Lishman

    They have SUCH cool stuff! I think my favourite has to be the Colour A Costume Butterfly Wings!

  27. Julie bolduc

    I do like the batman I also like that they are made in canada

  28. Debbie S.

    What a great site. I would love to get the Fancy Nancy Ruffle Dress for my granddaughter.

  29. Dana Miller

    There are so many great ideas to choose from. I like the Color Me Apron but I think my little one’s first choice would be the Classic Princess Dress With Gloves in blue. She would feel like a real princess in this! http://greatpretenders.ca/ca/products/girls/dresses-and-gowns/classic-princess-dress-with-gloves-blue.html

  30. Pam

    I love the variety of dramatic play items from Great Pretenders.
    I would love to have the Reversible Dragon/ Knight Cape to go with all our princess dresses.

  31. Trisha Y.

    I would pick the Belle dress or the pretty in pink, my daughter would love either one of those.

  32. oh my the princess cape is so adorable would love this for my daughter

  33. I think I would choose the Colour A Costume-Butterfly Wings. So many adorable options.
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  34. Dianne G.

    I think one of my granddaughters would love the Fancy Flutter Skirt/Wings & Wand Set.

  35. tammy ta

    If i win I think I might pick the Batman one.

  36. Josh S

    I would get the Reversible Dragon/ Knight Cape for my son. Thanks

  37. Jeff Herman

    Great! Very neat.

  38. Jeff Herman

    My neice would love the princess costume.

  39. lori butler

    i would choose the butterfly wings

  40. Lee-Ann

    I would choose the Colour Cape Princess theme, so cute!

  41. Victoria Ess

    I’d definitely choose the butterfly wings!

  42. Irene Eichler

    I would definitely by my niece the Renaissance Gown !

  43. ivy pluchinsky

    oh i really love the Colour A Costume – Butterfly Wings !

  44. Caryn Coates

    I would pick the Spiderman Cape. My boys love spiderman

  45. Alison Braidwood

    My nieces are obsessed with all things princess, so I think they’d love the Snow Queen Cape.

  46. Monique L.S.

    I like the Lightning Quick Adventure Chick.

  47. Betty S

    I would pick the butterfly wings. they would be a big hit

  48. Jennifer Ann Wilson

    I would love to win the Knight Tunic and Silver Crown for my grandson!

  49. My grandson would love the Spider Super Hero cape!

  50. Piroska

    I would choose the butterfly wings (or the fairy wings). Adorable!

  51. Laurie P

    Love the selection with Great Pretenders, and I love that I can find their items at my local toy shop!

  52. Kristy R

    If I won, I’d choose the Colour-A-Costume Butterfly Wings.

  53. kathy downey

    It`s so hard to choose just one since they have such a great collection but i think my grandson would love the Colour A Costume – Spider Superhero!

  54. My little grandso loves pretending and dressing the part.I think it’s wonderful and I encourage his creative imagination.I love the Great Pretenders Dragon Cape the most!

  55. janine a

    my son would love the spiderman one, so many to pick from!

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