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Also known as Zodiac Eclipse on the forums, Joanna is your friendly neighborhood MOMerator and former co-forum admin. Having done a fair share of community badassery Joanna now enjoys actually having time to play games and interact with her family, henceforth referred to as 'Husband' and 'Kiddo', respectively.





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Welcome to another edition of Custom Corner where I make plushie arts of random things for people's amusement. This time I've got another custom order to share and a super special and rare thing I made just for myself.

First up let's talk Mega Man X. This was a custom order for dtoider Grimstar who was kind enough to send me some pictures along with his request.

This one followed the same route I went when making Gordon Freeman in that I laid out the front and back separately constructing the armor as I went. I was lucky enough to find the right shades of blue which really helped the whole process along. No matter how clever you are if you have the wrong colors the plush is always going to look kinda off.

Here's the finished product, though I must admit I'm not thrilled with the final pictures. Too dark and from entirely the wrong angle to show off the effort that actually went into him. Still I don't claim to be a photographer so I hope you guys won't hold it against me too much.



He came gigantic, one of my tallest creations to date, probably about 16 inches tall. This made boxing him up for transport somewhat exciting. Like usual he's made of soft fleece with felt and some butter suede for the flesh colored bits. No pattern for this one, just built him as I went.

Next up is a personal pet project of mine. As several of you are aware I recently got on the Mass Effect bandwagon in a big way. Tremendous thanks to GamesAreArt for gifting it to me on Steam.

After seeing a really amazing Garrus plushie over on Deviant Art (Google it, it's worth your time) I decided not to touch perfection and instead try my hand at another character that hadn't received a definitive plush treatment yet. Based on some enthusiastic twitter suggestions from SchildConstruct and Aurain I decided on a Wrex plushie.



This was truly a labor of love, not only because Krogan faces are hard as hell to figure out, but also because it was one of the only plushies I've made for myself. Hey I can have nice things too, right?

I've had some helpful suggestions over in the Mass Affection Thread in the forums regarding his lack of teeth and neck. All problems I'm aware of, but was powerless to fix given the assembly method I selected. He's mostly done up like Mega Man bodywise, but with a separate head that was added on last to try to get it to stick out more from his body.



I used way more fabric glue on Wrex than I usually do, mostly since it's just for me so I don't have to worry about the parts coming off, but also because it gives it a cleaner finish and allows for more wiggle room in regards to adding things like the small red dots and thin slash marks.



I wish I would've had time to go into higher detail on his back since Krogan armor is pretty interesting in shape, but alas when I'm working for myself I have to stick to a strict timeline. I did think the tail was a nice touch though. Also no pattern on this one so Wrex is completely one of a kind.

If you'd like to order your own custom plush feel free to hit me up here or at contact@storybuildertoys.com. I also just started a Deviant Art account so you can check me out there if you feel so inclined and would like to see some of my other works.

Many thanks for reading! Let me know what you think in the comments, constructive criticism is always welcome.
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