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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

stuffed stuff: Anklegator from Bastion
created and stuffed: March 2012

It was just last year at PAX East where I discovered the game Bastion by Supergiant Games. I fell in love with the game right away.

My first Bastion plush project was “Plush Pyth” and “Plush Pyth ver 2.” I made SEVEN Plush Pyth, one for each staff member and gave them to them at PAX Prime 2011.

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.

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Ever since we moved to San Diego, we’ve been buying most of our food from the farmers’ market right by our place every Saturday. It’s kind of fun and also good since we never took advantage of the farmers’ market when we lived in Brooklyn.

The other day at the farmers’ market I saw a lot of beets, and I realized that I’ve actually never cooked beets before. I was kind of surprised that it took this long to try cooking this super colorful food.

Its beautiful red/purple color reminded me of the background of Beat Sneak Bandit, the iOS game we’ve been playing since we got an iPad in March. So I decided to make food based on Beat Sneak Bandit using beets. Or should I call it Beet Sneak Bandit? Get it? haha. Oh it’s so silly…

This looks like job for…

Non-bento #46: Beat Sneak Bandit beet soup

Beat Sneak Bandit!

Non-bento #46: Beat Sneak Bandit beet soup

And Herbie!

Non-bento #46: Beat Sneak Bandit beet soup

Non-bento #46: Beat Sneak Bandit beet soup
Created and eaten on: 5/20/2012

Beat Sneak Bandit is a stylish and colorful puzzle rhythm game by Simogo. Simogo is run by two awesome guys, Simon Flesser and Magnus ‘Gordon’ Gardebäck. They also worked on one of our other favorite games, ilomilo!

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It all started with a picture the Behemoth tweeted back in March. A photo of the new custom-made shelf to display fan art and plushes.

stuffed stuff: Castle Crashers tweets

I noticed this tweet by Jeff from Penny Arcade

stuffed stuff: Castle Crashers tweets
He was talking about the plush in the photo made by a fan. His whole family is a fan of Castle Crashers, especially his son Ethan. Jeff plays the Orange knight and Ethan plays Blue knight. But we didn’t have official plushes of them to sell at PAX East so I told him that the knight plushes wouldn’t be on sale. I know. I’m such a party pooper…
Then I thought… “Oh right, I can make them!”

stuffed stuff: Knights from Castle Crashers

stuffed stuff: Orange Knight and Blue Knight from Castle Crashers by the Behemoth
Created and stuffed: March 2012

It might come as a surprise to some (since I’m a huge fan of the Behemoth) but I’d never made Castle Crashers Knight plushes before. When I make a fan plush, I look around to see if anyone has made it already. Then if I see a good one, I won’t make it. But this time it was different. I wanted to make plush to make some good people happy.

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Dear Maurice Sendak

Thank you for the wonderful stories.

Thank you for the scary stories.

Thank you for the wild rumpus.

Rest in peace, Mr. Maurice Sendak.

Bento #65: Where the Wild Things Are

Bento #65: Where the Wild Things Are #2, Created and eaten on 10/6/2009

non-bento #19: Where the Wild Things Are

Non-bento #19: Where the Wild Things Are, Created and eaten on 10/13/2009

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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.

Bloody bear hat concept

Never before seen concept art for the hat!

Ushanka hat prototype - fleece

Ushanka hat prototype - fleece

Ushanka hat prototype - fake fur ver.1 w/ cotton lining

Ushanka hat prototype - fake fur ver.1 w/ cotton lining

Ushanka hat prototype - fake fur ver.2 w/ cotton lining

Ushanka hat prototype - fake fur ver.2 w/ cotton lining

Ushanka hat prototype - fake fur ver.3 w/ fleece lining

Ushanka hat prototype - fake fur ver.3 w/ fleece lining

Ushanka hat prototype - fake fur ver.4 w/ fleece lining

Ushanka hat prototype - fake fur ver.4 w/ fleece lining

Bloody bear hat concept

Never before seen concept art for the hat! Take 2

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”  which are the same type of hat in Russian) to make couple dozens of hats as a “test run.”

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