In April I had to take a quick business trip to Japan, got super busy at work, made a birthday plush, and now I’m back for another PAX East plushtravaganza post!
stuffed stuff: Anklegator from Bastion
created and stuffed: March 2012
I knew that some of the Supergiant Games staff were coming to PAX East this year so I was on a mission to show my gratitude for their great game the only way I know how, making them plush. They had added a new staff member since then, so I was making 8 plushes this time.
Out of the many beautiful characters, I picked the Anklegator. The Anklegator is a creature with a horn that roams underground, and when you get close to it, it’ll strike you from below. I thought they were really annoying in the game, especially because after you damage them a couple of times they move faster which makes it difficult to finish them off.
But my love for anklegators quickly grew after I acquired him/her as a pet of my own. You can only see its horn but it follows you all around the Bastion.
The problem was that there weren’t many reference pictures I could look at. When they’re underground all you can see is their horn, and when they attack they only stick their head out very briefly. Also the character design by Ms. Jen Zee is like an oil painting so I needed to simplify the art a bit. I really suck at simplifying designs so I asked Derek for help. (Note from Derek: This actually made sense more because I’m bad at drawing, so naturally any version I drew would be a lot simpler.)
First I made a base shape with fleece, and tweaked it a little bit so the tip of the mouth would curl inward. Fortunately it didn’t take long to finalize the base body pattern.
I already had most of the fabric I needed. All I had to buy was shiny blue fabric for scales and plastic pellets for weight.
After I made the base shape with the final fabric, I sewed two layers of felt together for the teeth and sewed them along the inside part of the mouth (the dark red part). Then I made a tongue, put some pipe cleaners inside, and sewed that inside the mouth.
Then I had to figure out how many scales I needed for each Anklegator. I tried figuring this out a couple of times with different sized scales, and I came up with 13. 13 scales per Anklegator… which is a total of 104 scales between 8 plushes. I didn’t even have the time to think of how much work it’d be. I just had to start making them, like a machine!
Before I left for PAX East I had to make all the parts that required a sewing machine. After I made the scales, I moved onto the horns.
I don’t know what the horn looked like from the front, so I had to guess. I couldn’t figure out how to make it look like a drill so I made the cone shape and put the pattern on the horn to make it look as close to the original image as possible. By the time I was done with the horns, it was already the time for us to leave for PAX East.
I packed everything including the scales, horns, plastic pellets, plastic eyes, and sewing needles… pretty much EVERYTHING except my sewing machine.
I was sewing as soon as I checked in at the hotel. I still had to finish sewing the numbers onto the Ushanka hats (a.k.a. Polar bear hat from Castle Crashers), so I worked on that first. Then I moved onto the Castle Crashers knight plushes for Jeff. After that I moved onto the Anklegators.
After I attached the safety eyes, and sewed the horns onto the body it started looking pretty good. But then the scales… I still had to turn the scales inside out, and sew the openings shut. On all 104 of them.
During the convention I carried around the scales, and sewed the openings on each scale while I waited in the line for panels. Early Sunday morning, I finally finished sewing the scales onto all 8 Anklegators!
As it turned out, 13 scales per Anklegator was a bit too many, so I ended up sewing only 9 scales per Anklegator. But as I’m looking at the photos now, the Anklegators look like they have bald spots! This is pretty embarrassing… This is what happens when you don’t spend enough time planning things or don’t have a well-rested brain to see if there’s something wrong with it.
We had to check out before heading to the convention center, so we quickly set it up for a photo shoot.
Then we headed to enjoy the last day at PAX East 2012 and of course, to stop by at Supergiant Games’ booth.
Unfortunately Darren Korb (super talented musician & super nice guy) had caught the “PAX Pox” and was resting back in his hotel room but Logan Cunningham, Greg Kasavin, Amir Rao, and Michael Ailshie were there to accept my gifts!
Note to self: When taking photos of people, do not try to confuse them with two cameras pointing at them from different angles at the same time. (The first one is shot by Derek, and the second one is shot by me around at the same time.)
Supergiant Games, thank you guys for posing for us!!! (They were super busy!!)
I truly can’t wait for their next game!
Speaking of new games, Logan Cunningham (the narrator of Bastion) has been working on an upcoming PC point-and-click adventure game called Resonance created by xii games in collaboration with Wadjet Eye Games. He will appear in the game as the voice of a character. I’m so looking forward to this game!
Anyway, as usual, I wish I could’ve done/worked on them more… but I finished them and people seemed to like it! That’s what’s important right? RIGHT?
Also I set a new record during PAX East this year – The longest amount of time I’ve gone without sleep.
I did not sleep AT ALL for about SIX DAYS straight from 4 AM Monday until 11 PM Sunday. I ate, went to work and took showers as usual, but I didn’t sleep. Not even on the airplane.
I’m not bragging, and I’d never recommend anyone stay up multiple nights to work on anything. Your hands and brain start to get sluggish, and you won’t be as productive as usual. You also make stupid mistakes and waste time…
I do want to thank Derek for cooking dinner & cleaning so I could work on my plushes!!
To be honest, I was surprised I wasn’t falling asleep while I was talking to people at PAX. Before then, my no-sleep record was somewhere around 60 hours. I think I was on some kind of runner’s high. On Sunday night I fell asleep within a minute after I closed my eyes though!
PAX Prime is less than 3 months away… Did I learn my lesson from this? God, I really hope so.
For more pictures of this plush, visit the stuffed stuff: Anklegator from Bastion set!
You can also check out more stuffed stuff on my flickr.