Transistor

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The Transistor from Supergiant Games’s Transistor

I fell in love with the man inside the Transistor. And now he is huggable, plush, and slightly floppy.

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The Transistor from Supergiant Games’s Transistor.

I’m a sucker for games with beautiful art, beautiful music, or a beautiful storyline. In just a few bittersweet hours, Transistor managed to hit all of these.

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The Transistor, in its huggable and plushie glory!

This project turned out to be a lot larger than intended (which seems to be a theme with my crafts). It was originally meant to be a mini version but ended up almost big enough for a shorter framed version of Red. I guess that kind of works out for me.

The Transistor is made of fleece (lots of fleece), foam (lots of foam), and love (I love you sword man).

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My stack of fleece and sketch-as-I-go for the Transistor (using that diagonal for optimal length!)

The dimensions might be slightly off since I didn’t officially map anything out prior to drawing on everything. I mostly just guessed by assigning one length, and then determining the remaining measurements by doing a pixel-length ratio comparison off of a bunch of different images from Google. It seemed to have worked out alright.

The foam was cut pretty unceremoniously (and with decreasing patience per cut) with a tiny knife. That also seemed to have worked out alright.

The handle was changed from a square cross-section to an octagonal one to bring it closer to being rounded in shape.

A little rough around the edges but it would hopefully look passable with the cover in place. The foam sections are also sewn together; very loosely, but enough to keep it together.

When I started this project, I thought the sewing part would be the most fun, the foam construction being the more tedious. This was quickly disproved, as I slowly realized that almost everything I did for the Transistor, I had to do twice, to accommodate for both sides.

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Didn’t have a compass or other similar official circle drawing tools, had to improvise. Not shown was the lid to a lychee jelly snack that I used for the (also not shown) larger light blue circles.

As I learned from my first attempt at cosplay, brown packaging paper is my best friend when it comes to pattern making – it’s easy to work with, you can wear it (not that I have), and it’s free (if you don’t count the cost of whatever item it came shipped with).

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Preliminary drafting of the light blue details. Looks about right?
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He likes his new hat :|

The faces of the Transistor were one of the more time consuming sections. Each detail was machined twice – once with straight stitch, then once over with zigzag stitch. It also didn’t help that the light blue details were relatively thin (and bunched up a lot while sewing) and that I can’t cut straight.

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They’re supposed to end up as mirror images of each other, but no one will see both sides at the same time… right?

I ended up being bad and stopped taking pictures at this point (and forgetting to eat… I get excited working on new projects). But, with a lot of patient measuring, pinning, unintentional needle pricks (ow), machine sewing, machine troubleshooting, hand sewing, and hours of terrible posture… the Transistor started taking shape.

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Kind of wish I opted for a lighter grey…

Sewing with a gigantic pile of fleece in your lap, at the beginning of an Arizona summer, is just as fun as you’d imagine.

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The cover has become one!

Getting the foam into the cover was a nightmare. What I failed to realize was that the Transistor was made of foam, and foam will compress. The handle in particular, was a true nightmare. Even after aggressive coercing, the most I was able to get the foam in was about half the actual length of the handle…

I ended up abandoning the foam handle and just using regular stuffing. Slightly more floppy than originally intended, but I was pretty determined to finish this project with all soft materials (I was close to hiding a chopstick in there to get more structural integrity).

But, after about ~40hrs total of work… I became the proud owner of my own plush Transistor! Preview of what is to come for PAX Prime 2014 :D?

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The Transistor, complete!

07/14/14 Update!

I caved and had to address the floppiness of the sword, especially in the handle. Apologies for not taking pictures, but hidden inside of the Transistor is now a long and thin dowel rod to at least keep the handle from flopping around.

Kind of wish I had documented it as I realized that attempting to shove a blunt wooden rod into a large foam sword is not very easy. I had to slowly whittle away at the rod with a small knife until it became a tiny spear, slowly bore a hole into the foam with my new spear, then cut off the sharp end before setting the rod inside the foam.

The handle was then re-stuffed by wrapping layers of craft batting around the dowel rod, instead of simply using regular stuffing.


PATTERN CREATED BY ME!
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