Minnie and I

Minnie and I

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Claw Master

                What many people don’t know about me is that when I was little, I was expert at the claw vending machine. My father used to own a super market and pizzeria; he got a claw vending machine for the pizzeria around ‘06. I was so impressed, and soon I mastered the claw. I remember emptying the machine each week and I waited for the guys that fill the machine to come. As soon they were finished, I started winning prizes. It wasn’t only in the pizzeria; it was everywhere there was a claw machine. I got many prices over the years, countless prizes. I was a master at the claw, but over the years my skill started to fade away. My last win, that I can remember, was a Miss Piggy doll in 2009. After that I started wasting my money trying to win prizes.
                The reason is because the claw is weak. If you got a weak and floppy claw, you don’t have the possibility of winning a price. A few months ago, I “won” a Tweety Bird from a Walmart claw machine. I don’t consider the Tweety Bird a “win” because it was leaning over the drop box and the claw just had to move it a little, so gravity can do the work. Anyone can do that.
                Today was a day I wish I had my skill back. Because I saw some stuffed animals that I really, really wanted. I saw three Fred Flintstones, two Barney Rubbles, a Waldorf, a Smurfette and a machine filled with lots of Annoying Oranges. I wanted a Flintstone doll scene childhood! I got annoyed at the machine because the dolls where either stuck, far away (the claw can drop it in the way to the drop box) or out of reach for the claw. I could take the chance and spend money trying to win it, but no thanks. I’m not willing to take the risk. Hope one day the dolls are leaning over the drop box, so I can get it like the Tweety Bird.
Talking Oranges!

A Fred Flintstone out of reach of the claw

Obama doll! Far left

Waldorf jammed between a bee and a cur

Fred, Barney and a Romney doll

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lucas and Foamy

These are a few of my earliest puppet characters. They are Foamy and Lucas Lolo. Lucas’s skin was made out of my old fleece pajamas and finished by March 9, 2009. I made Lucas's orange shirt and it reads "Lucas is Here." Foamy was my first character using exposed foam head. I painted her red and finished her on March 29, 2009. I choose to make Lucas and Foamy a young couple. Later on I would take the puppets to the creek and take pictures.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Buzz Lightyear Family Tree

Last week I went to Walmart and I saw they had received a new Buzz Lightyear toy. Was I excited? No. Since “Toy Story 3” was announced, many licensed toys of Buzz Lightyear came out. Many where awesome. Others, not as awesome. Take a look at what I called “The Buzz Lightyear Family Tree.”

"Toy Story Collection Buzz L." at Toys Я us. Awesome, but pricey.
Disney Store's "Buzz L." and "Spanish Buzz L." I own one. I don't recommend this Buzz, he is poorly build and his face is very pale. Not awesome, but cheap.

Target's "Blast Off Buzz L." Just a regular Buzz figure with lights on its back. Nothing special.

This Buzz lights-up!... only on it's torso. "Power Up Buzz L." lights up, to make up for the fact that almost all Buzz L. figures don't glow in the dark. The toy was originally sold at Walmart, but now Target is the supplier. The UK version of this toy, Buzz has the blue utility belt and called "Turbo Glo Buzz L." (I'll buy it)

Walmart used to have "Power Up Buzz L.", now they have the new "Power Blaster Buzz L." Gee, what a difference. Very similar to "Power Up Buzz L.", but this one lights up only on his blaster. Includes a shield.
This is my 2003 "Galactic Defender Buzz L." He was purchased at Toys Я us. I can't believe I still have Buzz after 9 years. Toys don't last very long when you're a child.

Remembering Jerry Nelson

                A great performer went to internal rest; Jerry Nelson. He needs no introduction; everybody knows who he was and what he did. Jerry Nelson has worked with the Muppets since there humble beginnings. He performed ample amount of Muppets charcters and their voices. The Count Von Count was he’s most memorable character. The Count became a part of American culture. Nelson also performed Gobo Fraggle and other characters on “Fraggle Rock.” For the Muppet fans he is the original performer of Robin the frog (Kermit’s nephew), Floyd Pepper, Thog (my favorite), Uncle Deadly, Lew Zealand, Fozzie Bear’s mother, the list goes and goes on.
                Jerry Nelson will be missed and his Count Von Count will be missed.

Below are some puppets I made of his characters.
Floyd Pepper

Early attempted of The Count, 2009
Robin, July 2010

Gobo, Late 2011

Lew Zealand

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Oz Bows

Here is one of three bows I made last year for a pair of ruby slippers, which sadly I never got started. The jewels are sewn onto a piece of pink felt. One bow I made it into a hair pin and gave it to one of my friends. Another bow I gave to my grandmother, because I love her. This is the bow I kept for myself.  Now I am making new bows for a new pair, hopefully I can finish.
One of Three that I made

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Here are some pictures of when I was building Scooter back in the summer of 2010. Since I premiered Scooter in some videos, I been getting messages, comments, emails about how I build Scooter and do I have patterns. I don’t have patterns for Scooter, so don’t ask. I know he is a hard character to replicate, but put some elbow grease and hope, you’ll get it.
This Scooter is made out of poly foam and covered with polar fleece. He has yarn hair and plastic and felt eye/eyeglasses.

Lavender, Janice and foam Scooter

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Roxy Marie

Roxy Marie is one of my favorite Sesame Street characters. I love seeing her at Sesame Street Live as a background dancer.

Abby Cadabby

Here is my Abby Cadabby puppet. I made her out of pink fluffy towel and she has a wing mechanism. Mrs. Leslie Carrara-Rudolph has seen this puppet.

Bunny the rabbit

Here is a bunny rabbit I made. I think he’s cute. 


When I moved to Texas I watched “The Wizard of Oz” a lot, to help cheer me up. Later at my school, the Theatre Production class presented “The Wizard of Oz”; I was part of the production. I was the prop guy. Later on I started to look up Oz information like: How many Munchkins are alive? How it was filmed? Etc. Then I came across a picture of the ruby slippers at the Smithsonian. I noticed that the shoes where covered with sequins. After that moment I became a ruby slipper nerd. 
               My step sister called me “the Sheldon of the ruby slippers” referring to Sheldon from “The Big Bang Theory.” Eventually I made my own pair. A size 8 ½ pair shoe covered with glued red metallic sequins from Hobby Lobby. Like with building Muppet replicas, I wasn't pleased.
                Now I’m making a better pair of replicas, with hand-sewn translucent burgundy sequins on to a size 6 pair of shoes, like the original pair. My first pair I give to my cousin as a gift.

Sam the Eagle

This is the only Sam the Eagle I ever made. I made it in the fall of 2009. Then I sold it to my friend, Taylor Ellis. Taylor still has the feathery puppet.
                Sam’s head is made out of dyed poly foam and blue fleece body. He has a turkey feather boa around him.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bear Hug

As part of my toy collection, I ordered a Toy Story Collection Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear from eBay. In Toys Я us, it costs $54.99 + 8.5 TX sales tax = $58.67 and I found Lotso online for $25. I love my pink teddy bear and he smells like strawberries! I have a small Disney Store Lotso and he smells like candy and maple syrup.
 My Lotso
Small Lotso
Toy Я us Lotso


A while back I started collecting toys, especially Toy Story toys. At the Disney Store they sell small plushies of the characters. The have Buttercup, Mr. Pricklepants, Chuckles the clown and Dolly. Since Dolly is a handmade rag doll, I made my own. I made her from materials from Hobby Lobby and all around 8 dollars.
Disney Store Dolly

My handmade Dolly

iParody with Croaker

Unfinished Fozzie Bear

A Fozzie Bear head, unfinished and sold. Made with faux fur and antron fleece nose.

My Friendly Music Video

This video one off my favorite (yours too I hope). This was a project for my Video Production Class. The project was to create a professional music video.
                At first I wasn’t very excited because my plan was to team up with someone and edit their video. My teacher knows I made puppets and she said “Sammie, finally we can see a puppet video from you. I’m excited.” I was like “what to do, what to do…” and I was going to do a redo of “SuperCaliFra…” the Mary Poppins song. At the time I was collecting toys so I thought “You got a friend in me” would be a great idea.
 I got my little pink anything puppet and made two sets of clothes for him; regular and green screen. I also got two rods a painted them with about 15 layers of bright green spray paint. I cleaned my room and decorated it with my toys. I wish I could show you “behind the scenes” footage but, I don’t know how the original footage got deleted, forever.
If you have questions about the music video, let me know. I’ll try to reply ASAP.
Green Screen Clothes, plus rods and legs
Regular "Normal" Clothes
Green Rods, one rod in this shot

Performing Big Bird

I build a Big Bird puppet in late 2010; because I wanted to have 8 feet tall bird in my room. One time I took my Big Bird to my friend’s garage sale to attract customers to the sale. My good friend took this picture while I was in the Bird suit (it was hot in there and my right arm hurt).

Unfinished Mickey Mouse

I am a big Disney fan (who isn’t). Last year I tried to make a Mickey Mouse mascot head for fun. I never finished it. Here is the only picture I took of the mouse head.