meet FLEA PILOT.
i have to say this guy is the most exuberant puppet i've ever worked on. his enthusiasm and optimism are contageous, he kept me laughing out loud during his whole foam/paste process.
he bursts out of the oven every single time looking like this:
.......i kid you not. have you ever seen a puppet so excited to exist?
something must have happened in the oven, because his original designs are more intimidating (he IS our "bad" guy afterall).....and at the sculpture stage he was looking pretty tough too, he had alot more arms......we weren't sure we loved all the arms but we figured they would be easier to take off then to add on so Justin went ahead and sculpted them all (it's hard enough to get one set of hands to match, i was very impressed with his willingness to tackle FOUR).
Aedie had alot of fun helping with the mold (now that i think about it, she must have sprinkled some thing happy into the mix, and the big smiley face she indented on the outside of the mold must also have something to do with this guy's unshakable GLEE....).....in the end we went with the two arms because he looked a bit complicated with 4, and two will make for cleaner poses.
the real task now is going to try to get this guy to quit smiling and act tough!