Come on, grab your friends
We'll go to very distant lands
With Jake the Dog and Finn the Human
The fun will never end, it's Adventure Time!"
Hey Instructabrarians, What Time is It?...... ADVENTURE TIME!
Folks, I frickin' LOVE this show! Aside from perhaps Regular Show (Hmmm, perhaps I should dedicate a future 'ible to that too...), Adventure Time is, in this author's opinion, the single greatest show ever to come out of 2010. And who can argue? This Cartoon Network original series about a young human boy (Finn The Human) and his magical transforming dog (Jake The Dog) as they travel the mystical Land Of Ooo is such an amazing character based show, featuring such an excellent cast of characters, stellar animation, great humor and Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming that it's hard not to fall in love with it.
But perhaps one of the things I love best about AT is the show's own extreme dedication to it's fans. Frederator Studios has done a tremendous job of reaching out to their fans from providing them with the show's storyboards and character sketches to even creating an entire blog just to showcase all of the fantastic fan art people have created. That's dedication and as both a fan of the show and of reverse engineering I have a lot of respect for that.
Now I know I've posted quite a bit of interesting reverse engineering projects based on PIXAR characters (ie Luxo Jr, Auto, my Microbe Obliterator cleaning bot) but for my first and only Adventure Time fan art I knew I had to make it great, as a tribute to both the show and its fantastic fanbase. This build took me a long time to complete but I am finally done and I can't wait to show all of you! So in honor of the last week of Instructables' Video Game Month (aw....) and the show's very first anniversary (April 5th), I decided to build a real working replica of Finn and Jake's cute video game system Beemo!
Also, I just realized this- 10th Official Step By Step Instructable ever!
Editor's Note: Special thanks to Daniel van Beek for his Beemo Fan Art and my Instructabrarian shout out for this week also goes to houseofdarkly for this site's very first Adventure Time themed instructable. Finally, since Adventure Time is a show that seems to strive on How To guides, I offer this Instructable in response to Frederator's Finm Hats.
Step 1: SHMOWZOW!: Build Overview
One of the coolest characters on Adventure Time is my all time personal favorite BMO (pronounced Beemo). For those of you who haven't seen the show, Beemo is Finn and Jake's cute living video game system. He's a handheld portable game device that sort of resembles a mixture of old Nintendo video games, so I decided to fully play up on this aspect.
Every gamer owns or at least has owned a Game Boy Color at one point in their life, it's one of the basic staples of any Nintendo fans! So I knew that if I was going to make my first video game mod, I wanted it to make it simple so it could appeal to every gamer. I also love how the Game Boy Color is like a miniature suped up version of the NES system, so I took a bit more liberties with his design to make it look more Nintendo- evocative.
The key factors I wanted when I started this build were:
- Make Beemo look exactly like his hand drawn counterpart
- Play as well as he did on the show
- Make him a giant throwback to Nintendo- so that even if visitors have never seen the show before, they could still tell he was a portable gaming device.
So the way I'll be presenting this build, is in sort of a two-build process both in terms of ease. The first half will be slightly more simple and straightforward, and this the less electronically interested fans who simply want an adorable plush replica of the character, and the second part is for the more dedicated engineers out there who want to take it a step further and modify him to play real video games, namely a Game Boy Color. So not only is this build perfectly adorable, he's also perfectly functioning.
Editor's Note: Sorry to go off on tangent again. I know I've posted a couple of pretty interesting animated replicas in the past, but believe me when I say Beemo is definitely one of my all time favorites. I've been literally planning out this build for months now, ever since my December break and spent a lot of weekends putting him together. So yes, I am indeed "invested in this very cute video game".