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stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi from Pacific Rim

November 15, 2013

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I already wrote a sneak preview of this stuffed stuff but I’m posting a full-post because Desert Bus for Hope will be auctioning these guys off at 7:30 PM PST November 16th!

Can you please give them good home in case of the apocalypse?

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell
created and stuffed: September 2013

When I learned about Desert Bus for Hope last year, I knew I had to participate in their Craft-Along someday. The Craft-Along is where many different crafters make geeky & nerdy things to be auctioned off while bunch of awesome people play Desert Bus (You can also check out the description of Desert Bus on Wikipedia), and all proceeds go to Child’s Play Charity!

So when I heard that Desert Bus for Hope had started accepting crafts for Craft-Along, you can imagine how I excited I got.

I was already going to contribute a Plush Pyth from Bastion, but I also wanted to make something new. I just didn’t know what. Then Jeremy from Double Fine suggested “Kaiju.”

It was around the release time of the film Pacific Rim and as a big robot & kaiju fan, I thought it’d be perfect for Desert Bus for Hope.

Even though I had decided what I was going to make, I’m bad at re-designing realistic characters into plushable designs. (I tried and learned my lesson when I made Master Chief for my friend.) Then I remember this painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell. I asked him if it was okay to use his painting as reference, and he gladly agreed. Let me post the both images together…

"today we face the monsters that are at our door" by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

Gipsy Danger

Nothing was really that complicated for this adorable big robot. I’d just make each piece, tweak the design and size until I was happy with it. You can’t make sharp corners when making a plush with felt but that really didn’t bother me much.

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

The only thing I had to spend time on was the back of Gipsy Danger. It wasn’t visible in the painting so I had to keep the same simplicity as the front of him and apply to the back of him.

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

The boat was a last minute thing. I was going to make a 3D boat, but realized that it’d be too complicated for the plushy Gipsy Danger to be holding. (Not “too complicated to make.” It was a matter of balance with the other plushies, which is very important.) So I made it into a flat piece with a little snap attached. I also attached a snap on Gipsy Danger’s hand so he can hold the boat in his hand. The perspective on the boat is a little off, but other than that, I think it came out okay.

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

Otachi

Otachi’s shape was more organic. I first made the torso, and made the other limbs trying to match the scale with other parts. I decided to scrap her wings as you can’t see itthem in Scott’s painting. I cut the scales/hard skin on her back and tail one by one in slightly different sizes. I glued them on and securely sewed them on. Then I cut bunch of tiny circles of turquoise felt and glued them on. After I stitched the smile on her face, she was ready for the apocalypse!

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

Both pieces had a lot of hand-sewn parts but I enjoyed it a lot. It definitely takes longer than sewing pieces with a sewing machine but it’s fun to figure out where to put certain pieces as I made them.

Gipsy Danger and Otachi will be listed as a pair. These plushes are not intended to be directly accurate to the movie designs.

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell

If you’re interested in bidding on them, please visit the Desert Bus for Hope website for the instructions on how to. If you have any questions about the auction items, you should email them or tweet at them @DesertBus.

I will not be making these for commission or giving away patterns for these unless you’re Guillermo del Toro or Scott Campbell. So this is likely the first/last chance you’ll ever see them available to public.

Remember, the live auction for these guys will start 7:30 PM PST November 16th on Desert Bus for Hope site!

For more photos of this stuffed stuff, go check out “stuffed stuff: Gipsy Danger & Otachi, based on the painting of Pacific Rim by Scott Campbell” set!

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

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