So this is what I’ve been working on the past couple of days. I think 99% of people who visit my blog are going “?” right now, but I’ll just go ahead and explain.
Legrye the Water Emperor
Created and stuffed: June 2009
As I mentioned in my blog before, I work for an online card game. (My company imported the game from Japan to the U.S.) I work with the four other staff members, one of them is my friend Logress. I’ve known him since I started working at my company 8 years ago. I had no idea what to get for him for his birthday. I’d usually get him a joke gift, but after almost 8 years of giving him joke gifts, I decided that I’d make him something this year.
I make stuffed toys as a hobby. Before I started making bento, I used to make stuffed toys all the time, day and night. I made many different characters from Invader ZIM, and other characters from anime shows for my friends’ birthdays and around Christmas. I was going to make a character from a video game he liked, but it wasn’t very original. Then I thought maybe I could make a character from an card. I thought a stuffed toy would be perfect since the game is an online card game, and there isn’t that much merchandise available except prints and some T-shirts.
Almost all of the card art is very detailed and beautifully drawn, so making a plush toy seemed very difficult. Then my boyfriend suggested “What about Legrye?” Legrye is a Water Emperor, which looks like a giant worm/snake/looking thing. When the card came out, it caused havoc in the game because it was unstoppable when used in combination with another card. It also caused a headache for Logress because users complained about the combo a lot.
It didn’t look too complicated, and I knew I had all the materials I needed, so I started making patterns first. First I was going to make the body with two pieces, simple and easy. But then I wanted to put fins and make him with his mouth open. So I had to change my plan from a 2-piece pattern body to 4-piece pattern body, slightly more complicated and more time consuming… Why does this always happen to me whenever I make something? T_T
I didn’t take pictures while making this, and it’s kind of boring to describe how I made it, so I’ll just post some pictures of Legrye.
Even though I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the details, I was very proud that I was able to make this practically in 2 nights. I usually can’t finish my projects on time, so the fact that I finished, made me feel like I really accomplished something. How did my friend like it? He loved it. It was fun to watch him walking around in the office with a big snake-like stuffed toy in his hand.Â
I’ve been meaning to do a stuffed toy blog since I’ve made so many. The problem is that I usually give them away, I only have few of them with me… But it’s never too late to start keeping a record of stuff I’ve made. So hopefully, I can blog about my stuffed stuff once in a while.
For more pictures of my stuffed stuff, visit stuffed stuff set on my flickr!