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« on: August 31, 2006 11:05:55 PM »

Okay, once I get past my current swaps my next project is going to be a set of robot monkeys, from the show Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!.  I want to make a Chiro costume for my teddy bear and a set of all five monkeys to accompany him.

Only problem is I am having a really hard time visualizing how to make their heads!  Their feet and legs are easy.  Their tails, easy.  I think I have an idea how to shape the torso.  But the heads are pretty complicated. 

I'm planning on doing this in felt.  The one other plushie I did, Nightcrawler from the X-Men, worked out pretty well in felt.  But I could use some help figuring out their heads!

I'm also thinking about making their hands detachable and making their weapons too (I know that sounds odd, it makes more sense if you've seen the show).  They're robots, and their hands transform into weapons on the show.  Antauri has ghost claws, Sparx has big magnets, Gibson has big drills, Nova has giant fists and Otto has spinning saws.  I can figure out the magnets and drills, those are pretty easy, but I'm a little iffy on Antauri's ghost claws and Nova's fists.

Here's one piccy of the group:


And a couple other shots that show them well:




Unfortunately I don't have a shot where you can see the back of their heads, there's a kind of computer plug there.  Sad

And there's LOTS of great screenshots on the Hyperforce.net,http://planetmyhill.com/Gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.ShowItem&g2_itemId=7&g2_highlightId=74 ,  and the Monkey See, Monkey Fu! boards, http://z11.invisionfree.com/srmthg/index.php?act=idx .


Thanks in advance for any help!!!

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2006 07:32:34 PM »

Are you making them fully round?  If so, I would use a simple baseball head form (sort of like 2 barbell pieces sewn together like a baseball) and embellish onto that.  Make the head all one color (like the aqua or pink, etc), then add the eyes and eyebrow ridgie thing, and then the point on the head, the mouth and the antennae on the sides of the head.  Not sure if this is what you're thinking about, but I think it would be easier to add the felt features to a solid head than to draft and try to sew each individual piece.  They sure are cute though!
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2006 12:07:24 AM »

Thanks!  I picked up a cheapo softball at Walmart and dissected it and here's the resulting experimental sphere:



And now I have a nice big Gibson action figure to use as a model!




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