Girls. Maybe I have girls on the brain? I recently ordered some more “Fluttershy” My Little Pony card sleeves for my Liliana, Heretical Healer Commander deck. I reviewed “Rey (Jakku) & BB-8.” And today I decided to unveil my secret project, mentioned almost a year ago.
I have slowly worked on this project, with the SpartanTeen and SpartanKid hotly curious about what I was going to do. (In their minds it was a kind of contest.) I promised them I would do something they never saw before, something almost entirely original. And something with a cheap budget.
Today I unveiled “Gundam Sweet Beats” to the SpartanChildren, and am revealing her to the world!
Gundam Sweet Beats is a combination of spare parts from two different Super Deformed kits and also the Strawberry Shortcake “Sweet Beats” doll. Review Here.
Sweet Beats usually just hangs around strawberry plants.
Sometimes she rips it up on guitar.
But in a rare mood, she completely transforms into a glorious giant robot, powered with strawberry scent!
Now to talk about the project a little bit. I mentioned in my review that the doll has an unsightly waistline, as well as hair that you can’t do much with. Well I made the waistline problem EVEN WORSE by melting a slot into it so that the jetpack can fit on her properly.
The hair has been improved. I tried to make it really straight, like typical asian little girls to match the anime idea. I never could get the natural “wave” out. But still, I discovered by combing it compulsively, it slowly improved.
The “crown” piece from the gundam…well I thought I would “implant” that into Strawberry Shortcakes head. Bad move. Then she just had a hole in her head, and the crown wouldn’t stay on. I super-glued some hair in place to cover the new wound, and went to plan B, which was attach it to the sunglasses, which I didn’t care for anyway. Remember when I said the sunglasses needed something else? Super Deformed Gundam’s decal stickers were perfect!
I had to do some destructive modification to some of the gundam parts, and Sweet Beats has FAT FEET. So it was hard to get those feet pieces to become shoes. But they work. Barely. The waist piece had to be cut, melted, and shaped to fit around her properly. Those little engine things over her shoulders are actually the jet engines from somewhere else on a different gundam. And the things on her wrist are wrist pieces.
Finally, I thought I would go all out with the hair bow, and there still is a little work to do. I intend to super-glue that to a real hair bow. I thought about using the little one that came with Strawberry shortcake, but decided I wanted to keep that like it is.
I complained a little bit about Star Wars Black Rey (Jakku) having sloppy paint. But of course my painting is WAY WORSE. So maybe I should stop complaining?
I got the idea for this project from the end credits of Gundam Build Fighters, which features a child in Gundam armor doing things.
I designed the project so that the pieces can be removed, and the doll can be played with as intended, in regular Strawberry Shortcake mode, or rockstar mode.
There ARE some “Gundam Girl” figures out there. I wrestled with the idea of doing one of those…I also considered things like getting a Harley Quinn figure or Super Girl and gundamizing it…as much as people want to say that comic characters are over-sexualized, it was actually hard to find a female figure “nude” enough. (It was my idea to make a sexy figure at first.) In the end, it was better to go with cute. And the super deformed parts match the “cute” motif better.
Gundam Sweet Beats will be on display in my music classroom! I keep a lot of toys on display, but as I mentioned before, I don’t have many girls toys.
I’m not going to rate my own work. Leave a comment and tell me what you think!