This blog post is going to be about why I haven’t been blogging… But wait! I have something cool to show you!
I’ve been working my butt off at the Behemoth to bring awesome plushy products of the Behemoth characters. But these things take time… Still, I thought it’d be sad not to have anything to show at PAX East in Boston which took place between 4/6 ~ 4/8.
So I decided to make 20 hats of the bloody bear from Castle Crashers to be sold at the Behemoth booth at PAX East as the very first official plushy products of the Behemoth.
That’s right. I made each one by hand. TWENTY of them!
This hat idea didn’t sprout overnight. Actually, a couple of years ago when I was still just a fan of The Behemoth (still am!) they asked me if I wanted to make a prototype for them. I squealed in joy for about 3 minutes and accepted the project. Over the course of couple of years, we went through many prototypes with different shapes and different fabrics.
Long story short, after I became a full-time employee and moved to San Diego, we decided to use already-made fake fur trooper hats (we called them “Ushanka” Â which are the same type of hat in Russian) to make couple dozens of hats as a “test run.”
I’ve made multiples of a plush before. 15 HotDog Fairies for random Enforcers at PAX, 7 Plush Pyth for the Supergiant Games’ staff, 3 Golden Whales for the Behemoth’s staff, etc… but never made 20 of something. Granted the hat was already made, it still was a time consuming task.
Then I marked where the ears would go, cut slits, put the ears in and sewed it up.
I didn’t have time to take photos but believe me, it was NOT EASY to sew four layers of fake fur.
I cut felt into the shape of the blood stains, pinned each piece on the front and sewed it on with a sewing machine. This was the MOST time consuming part. That’s 4 blood stain pieces for one hat, that means 80 pieces for 20 hats! Not only that, the fur would get in the way so I had to keep the fur away from the needle as I sewed.
After all the blood stains were sewed on, I sewed the seam close.
To make these hats extra special, I hand stitched a number on each hat.
Since these were hand-made and super limited, hats were priced at $60, and all proceeds would go to Wigs for Kids.
Wigs for Kids is a non-profit organization which helps kids who lost hair due to chemotherapy, burn accidents or other medical conditions to get a wig made with human hair. You can also donate your hair (must be longer than 12-inches). See how you can help on their website! http://www.wigsforkids.org
Also since the Behemoth loves the Penny Arcade guys and their charityÂ Child’s Play, we decided to donate one hat signed by Dan Paladin and Tom Fulp to the Child’s Play’s dinner auction.
I was attending PAX East, and not working at the booth. And I must say I was a bit nervous of what people would think of the hats… So I was pleasantly super surprised when I was told that all 19 hats had sold out within 2 hours after they opened!
Whenever I saw someone wearing the hat, I wanted to hug them!! (but I restrained myself because I didn’t want to get kicked out of PAX East.)
We are planning to make this hat into a product but we don’t know when it will be. The final products will probably be more affordable but different from this limited version and won’t be numbered.
I think I can say that my very first official product from the Behemoth was a success!!!
Hopefully I can bring more of the Behemoth characters into stuffed stuff form in the future.
More PAX East related stuffed stuff posts to come…!