I have been working on and off on this Toothless plush since August 2012. I wanted this one to be, by far, my best one yet. Countless hours (I’m talking hundreds!) were spent, taking chances sewing and resewing mistakes to make this as perfect as possible. The image is super big, so click on it a couple times to see it in full size and detail.
Some of you may have heard that the next Toothless plush I was making was not for sale, as I had very Special plans for it, and this is him!
I am sending this Toothless to Dreamworks, for free. It will be accompanied with a very extensive letter, including my story I wrote on DA about how I found How to Train Your Dragon, and how it changed my life [link]
. The big reason I’m doing this is, because soooooooo many people message me, asking to make them a plush, and it hurts to continually turn them down. You all love this movie as much as I do, and everyone who wants a plush that represents the dragon we know and love, deserves it. I’m hoping that by sending this Toothless to Dreamworks, they will see that fans don’t want a bunch of angry, fierce looking toys, because that’s not what made us love those dragons. We just want at least one, big, cute, cuddly version of our favorite dragon.
I know I’m taking a huge risk. Really, almost anything can happen, but I would be shocked if they don’t make some sort of response. I plan on mailing this plush some day this week, as hard as that will be. If you want to know what happens, I will be posting Journal entries for when I send it, and when they send a response and whatnot, so add me to watch to see those updates when they happen. Thank you!
I love this plush so much, everything just kept coming out perfect. Saying goodbye to this little guy is going to be harder than any of the others I’ve made, but I know, he is destined for greatness.
Now, onto the details.
As you can immediately see, his eyes aren’t made of clay this time! This is the first plush to feature hand cast clear resin eyes. Now, I’m not kidding when I say this, but those eyes took almost as long to make, as the rest of the entire dragon.
Here’s a rundown of the steps it took to make them.
First, I had to make the eyes out of clay: flatten some clay out, mold it over a small ball, bake in the oven, then sand for hours until smooth and shaped right.
Then, pressed those eyes into some more clay to make molds(there’s a ton of issues involved in this step that made it take a couple days to get it right), and baked them. Then get some expensive resin, cause there’s no such thing as good cheap resin(and it was out of stock everywhere, and took 5 weeks for it to be mailed in), and pour it in the molds, and wait a few days to dry. I practically broke one of my molds trying to pry one of the eyes out. Then I spent days sanding them into shape. Luckily we had a dremel, so hollowing out the very thick back “only” took a couple hours. Next was sanding them to a smooth surface, and then polish and buff them. This was the hardest step, because nothing I do could ever get rid of all the scratches, and took many weeks until I was satisfied (still not perfect like I wanted :/ )
Painting them only took a day, but painting on the back side in reverse, and on plastic, was pretty challenging. This was my first time doing any of this, so I guess they are quite good how they came out.
As for other changes I did, I made the head an inch longer. The past ones were kind of stubby, and I felt making it a bit longer looked much more accurate. All the spikes around his ears were done differently, and look MUCH better than they do on my plush. I basically did the same thing that I do to the arm spikes, which also came out a lot better because of a different technique I used.
He's just as big as usual, measuring about 4 feet long, with a 5 and half foot wingspan.
All of his horns look the best they’ve ever looked. I tried hard this time to imitate the shape of his in the movie. I guess none of the images show them off very well.
His wings have all six thingys like he does in the movie, and basically look the same as previous plushes I made.
The head was borderline a nightmare. That head is actually the 2nd one. Yes, I made TWO heads. After spending days making the horn spikes(24 total), the head spikes, and sewing everything together, then resewing multiple things trying to get the shape right, I ultimately just scrapped it, all because the head spikes were off center a little. The second head was also giving centering troubles, but with other parts of the head. I ended up having to replace the whole jaw with a different shaped one(and opening up seams at all with this fabric is very dangerous, because it frays and tares easier than cotton candy.) But, somehow, I got it to work well.
I got his back claws to be longer than his front ones. Can’t totally remember if that’s accurate, but it’s a subtle difference I wanted to do, to make the plush more dynamic. All feet have beads in them to weigh them down, so he can stand well on his own, and giving great weight to him.
This is the first time I’ve uploaded a picture of a Toothless with the fish. My plush (#4) has the magnetic fish as well, but wasn’t made early on.
So yeah, that’s basically it. Hundreds of hours, for an adorable Toothless. Please leave feedback on what you think. If you like him, share him with your friends. Let's see if we can make it to the front page of DA!