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stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2

September 6, 2011

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stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2
created and stuffed: August 2011

On my blog, Twitter and Google+ I already raved about how amazing the XBLA/PC game Bastion is. I also made an item from the game, a “Plush Pyth.”

plush Pyth reference photo

Plush Pyth from the game

stuffed stuff: plush Pyth from Bastion

Plush Pyth ver.1

The staff at Supergiant Games (the dev team who created Bastion) seemed to love the plush. I asked them if they were going to be at PAX Prime, and Jen the lead (and only!) artist for Bastion replied that they all were going to be at Warner Bros, booth. I just couldn’t miss an opportunity like this! So I decided to make a Plush Pyth for each staff member, all seven of them! After making 15 Hot Dog Fairies, making only 7 plushes was almost a relief. Still, there was a lot of cutting, and sewing of the same pieces over and over.

I made the first plush in a super rush, and I wasn’t in love with the fabric I used. So this time, I upgraded it by using cotton velour instead of fleece. I LOVE cotton velour. It’s so soft and strong. The only thing was that when I cut the fabric, tiny fuzz would fly around. It wasn’t as bad as the fuzzy fleece I used for the Shark from BattleBlock Theater, but it was still annoying when it got into my eyes and on my face. Regular fleece is definitely the easiest to work with but it can get dirty easily. Also cotton velour is lightweight, so it takes less stuffing than fleece to look stuffed, and it also can hold its shape very well.

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2

Looks like velour but feels light and soft like cotton.

I followed the exact same steps as I did for Plush Pyth ver. 1. Fortunately, I had white and pink cotton velour, so I used them for the horns and nose. If I were super picky I could’ve used lighter pink, but I was in a rush so I used what I had. After I stuffed the head and body, I sewed the fake stitches and sewed the two pieces together.

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2

After all the sewing was done, I spray painted buttons for the eyes and let them dry. I wanted to make sure the paint was absolutely dry, so instead of sewing them onto the plushes at home, I decided to finish them at the hotel when we got to Seattle.

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2

Pre-PAX at home

Friday, the first day of PAX Prime 2011, we walked by the WB booth during the day, and made sure that the Supergiant Games guys were there. On the same night around midnight we came back from the concert, and I started sewing the eyes onto the plush. I also thoroughly checked to make sure there weren’t any holes or threads coming undone on each Pyth. I think I went to bed around 4:00 am.

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2

We woke up at 7:00 am. Derek “McGyvered” a set-up for a photo booth right in our hotel room. He was very proud of his set-up. I was too tired to actually check the photos then, but after we came back from PAX I was pleasantly surprised that the photos looked really awesome. I’ll probably post the same photo in my PAX Prime posts, but I’m posting it here too.

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2

Photo booth created with a pillow case, toilet paper, and band aids!

On Saturday, we headed to the WB booth, and got in the line to buy the OST. When my turn came, I asked one of the staff (I think it was Gavin Simon… sorry if I was wrong!) if he has seen the Plush Pyth I made. When he said he had, I took out a bag of Plush Pyth, and handed to him.

Supergiant Games

Greg Kasavin: Writing, Design

Supergiant Games

Jen Zee: Art

Supergiant Games

Gavin Simon: Engineering, Design

Supergiant Games

Logan Cunningham: Voiceover, Greg Kasavin, Jen Zee

The reaction I got from the staff was totally amazing. Jen immediately said “You’re AnnaTheRed!” and gave me a big hug. Not only that, they gave me the OST and Bastion posters! I chatted with Jen, Logan (the narrator) and Greg (writing, design) for a bit and found out that Logan lives in Brooklyn too! Jen was especially excited to see the plush, which totally made my day. Also it meant a LOT coming from an incredibly talented artist like her. This is exactly why I make plush. To see my plush meet the creator of the character I made a plush of. I know that my plush will be well loved.

stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2

I cannot wait for them to release some concept art for Bastion, so I can make more of their beautiful characters.

Thank you Supergiant Games for creating Bastion and giving me inspiration for me to create!

For more pictures of this plush, visit stuffed stuff: Plush Pyth ver.2 set!

You can also check out more stuffed stuff on my flickr.

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WillNo Gravatar September 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I would pay good money for one of these! Loved Bastion so much, and the Supergiant guys are amazing as well, which makes this plush all the more amazing <3

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OuranjeNo Gravatar September 8, 2011 at 11:09 am

Any plans to sell Pyth plushies? This looks nearly dead on to the one in the game (I mean, setting aside that it looks like it’s made of leather, which would look really weird in reality), and very snuggly to boot. c:

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evanNo Gravatar November 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm

awww i wants it ^^

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MikeNo Gravatar December 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I would buy this, hands down. I’d pay anything for it.

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MNo Gravatar January 31, 2012 at 7:36 pm

this is adorable <3 I don't suppose you still have the template lying around anywhere, do you? I'd love to have a crack at making one..

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MarissaNo Gravatar February 6, 2012 at 12:02 am

I’ve actually never been so disappointed that I can’t buy one of these.
They are the cutest.

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CaligoCastraNo Gravatar July 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Yeah – PlushPyth !

They look surprised about this. ^^
Really good Fan-Work *sfz*

I will do my best to sew one of those too… i want a Pyth xD

Greets from Germany ;)

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NetNo Gravatar July 20, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Your portfolio says this plush falls under the Hobby Plush category, so I’m safe in assuming you’ll never sell them; but is there the possibility of ever selling or releasing the pattern? I’ve been trying to make one of these myself, but I have almost no skill at forming the shapes correctly.
Just wanted to know if I should wait in suspense or just give up now.

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar August 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Unfortunately my plushes and patterns are not for sale… You should tell SupergiantGames guys how much you want them! They might make it into merchandise someday!

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BritanicleNo Gravatar August 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I wish I could get one of these. My son I’d named after the game (Bastion), as I was pregnant and playing this game. Loved it so much. His room is decorated with the bastion posters and the headband, he just needs some Bastion stuffies.

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar September 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm

That is an AMAZING story! Did you know that they have a plush of Scumbag now? They had it just in time for PAX Prime, but I’m sure they’ll be selling them at their online store.

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