My family has a tradition: nobody throws nothing to the garbage can before I decide if I could use it for building stuff. So, thanks to my mom, my stepfather, my brother, my uncles and cousins, I have a workshop full of... trash.

One day, I was playing with my trash looking for something to build. I wanted to turn an orange Gatorade pot (donated by my brother) into a planter. I had two orange plastic small pots (from my mom's medicine) and a lot of feet deodorant caps (from all my family's men). Mmmmm... good, but still missing something. Then, I noticed the garbage can top donated by my aunt Maria Isabel ("You could make an astronaut!", she said). I put it above the Gatorade pot.

The project "Baby Samus" born.

In this instructable, you will learn how to build a baby-like Samus Aran (the main character from the Metroid videogames and Nintendo's best heroine) toy using plastic trash. Basically, it's a vibrobot, with a light "beam" from its arm.

But this time, is not a solo project, because my family is involved. Everyone made a huge contribution for baby Samus. In the Step 1, you will meet my Design Team!!!

My family and I have a great time making this instructable. Even, we had to work on the carpet because the desk wasn't big enough for us. I expect you and your family have the same great fun!!!!

Step 1: M.C. Langer's Design Team

Meet the M.C. Langer's Design Team, also known as my family.

Yes, we are a very united Colombian family. And no, nobody looks like Jimmy Smits, likes Shakira or speaks Miami-style spanglish like "What's the problem, mijo? La familia es sagrada... family is sacred. Let's participate in the Puedes hacerlo Papi contest!".

But you will find warm and tender people, delicious food (my mom cooks the best Ajiaco soup of all the city).

Well, let's know what everyone did:

Mom: She gave me her medicine orange plastic pots. When she knew about the Family Fun Contest, she wanted to take the process pictures with her old Olympus D-395 camera (3.2 megapixel and no optic zoom), because she loves her camera. I tried to resist, but debating with my sweet (but powerful) mother about her camera is like telling Darth Vader his sad devotion to the Force's ancient religion is useless. You will lose. Painfully lose. So, my mother took beautiful pictures! Period.

Aunt Mary: she gave me her damaged toilet garbage can, saying "it will be good for an astronaut helmet!". She's a genius! Creative Consultant.

My Stepdad: he gave the money for buy electric components, screws and nuts. And later, he invited all of us to arequipe filled brownie with vanilla ice cream!! (arequipe is like caramel spread, but thicker. Made of milk, it's a traditional latinamerican dessert. In Chile, they call it manjar, in Argentina Dulce de Leche, in Mexico cajeta... well, I'm getting off the subject).

María Camila, my cousin: She doesn't like to draw, but we managed to convince her to made the electric diagram. Nice work María Cami!

Jose Luis, my cousin: he filmed the videos and donated his broken Playstation joystick for the cause.

Rodrigo, my brother: before he moves to Australia, he gave me his Gatorade pot and some feet deodorant caps. Despite he's far away, he wanted to participate in this instructable, so he made the "Baby Samus Vs. Yoshi" video edition.

And me, the Design Manager!!!! ;-)

Moms and family always make the best food or the best something;)
Oh yeah!
I'm confused. What's a gatorade pot?
Sorry! That's the problem when you speak Spanish and try to explain something in English. It's a plastic jar with powder Gatorade. You add water and you have liquid Gatorade. Something like this:
How tall and wide is it <br>
So I can find something to replace it. I don't drink Gatorade and I don't want to buy that just for that. I probably have something to replace it but I don't want to end up with a samus that has a body the size of her eyes or the size of a car wheel <br>
How tall is Baby Samus?
25 cm, more or leas.
That's so awesome.I especially dig the googly eyes and light beam.
Thanks Rockinhero!! :-)
I love this little guy! I make little do nothing robots for my kids -- out of the same stuff. No circuits or moving parts like you, though! We like to use old wood blocks, plastic marker caps, old drywall screws, Bingo chips, broken jewelry, you name it! I thought you'l lke to see a picture of one. I wish I could do some basic electronics, but I can't even figure out how to solder correctly. Great work, and I love that it was a family affair. <br> <br>I also used old floppy discs (the inside floppy is kind of cool to work with/cut, obsolete keys, hardware, anything in the &quot;junk drawer&quot; is fair game. Please keep making more of your little guys, so cute!
Hi Delfino! Thank you!! and AMAZING WORK!!! You have beautiful robots. Well, I don't know about electronics. I just connect a motor and a LED to a battery. But I'm good with the Dremel. Get one and learn how to use it, and you will be unstoppable! And about the soldering, it isn't difficult when you only have to solder wires to a LED or a motor.<br> <br> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-solder-the-secrets-of-good-soldering/">http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-solder-the-secrets-of-good-soldering/</a><br> <br> Have a great night!!<br> <br> Mario<br>
<strong>Mario, enhorabuena!!!!!!</strong> :D Creo que merec&iacute;as el oro, compa&ntilde;ero, pero la plata es un triunfo tambi&eacute;n :)
Gracias amigo Santo!!! Yo tambi&eacute;n quer&iacute;a el oro, pero a decir verdad, me pareci&oacute; un excelente proyecto de dinosaurios!
Buena paisano....quedamos finalistas...para mi eso ya es ganancia...poder codearme con las grandes Ligas. Un abrazo fraterno ...y : ! QUE VIVA COLOMBIA...CARAAAJJJJOOOO...&iexcl;
Felicitaciones igualmente! Y que viva!
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; AW, <em>Come on</em>!&nbsp; You guys that complain about every little electric piece not being shown should be yelling from the roof tops about how awesome this intstructable is!<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fungus Amongus should use this as an example of how to make an Instructable.<br> &nbsp;&nbsp; Great Job M. C. you have my vote!
Thank you very much Arlis!!!!! :-)
My only complaint would be the visor isn't green. Other then that, I think it's awesome. Well done!
Thank you NaesDraw! You're right! Well, the idea was to make a Baby Samus using only trash, but if you want, you can replace the visor with green acrylic or just paint it green.
Oops. I shouldn't have used Google Images to find out who Samus Aran was while at work! &gt;.&lt;
I have noticed that immediately after Easter here in the US that M&amp;M and Skittle plastic easter eggs are available for cheap. I have been buying them for the candy (They're cheap in late spring and summer), but now I have a bag full of those plastic eggs which I feel could really be used in something and I hate to trash them. They're about three inches (75mm) long each. Maybe I could make something like this out of one.
Good idea! Have you pictures of the plastic eggs?
I will post a picture of them tomorrow, along with some size references. I am using the Library computer to communicate right now, and I can only do it for an hour a day.
If you like my instructable, please vote for me!! Thanks!
Got my vote!!!!!!!
Thanks Ms. Bolivar!! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!
&iexcl;Hey Mario! Tienes mi voto :) Fabuloso!!
Gracias amigo Santo!!!!!!
Of course i did my friend...
Thank you Mr. C&aacute;rdenas!
Props on design, originality, and quality photos.
Thank you Yokozuna!!! Mi mother (she took the pictures) and I appreciate that!!! ;-) If you like this instructable, please vote for me!
Already did, but by the looks of things, you didn't exactly need it... 27 votes and counting. :) Good luck in the contest.
Thank ypu!! :-)
It's so cute!
If you like my instructable, please vote for me!! Thanks!
Thanks my friend!!!! :-)
Thank you ChrysN!!!
This is some good stuff, man. Keep it up.
Thanks Wade!!!!!! Please, vote for this instructable! :-)
Voted, pal!
Thanks pal!!!!!
Awesome!!! :D
Thank you Rouge! If you like my instructable, please vote for me!! Thanks!
positive and constructive please???? ajajajajja esta una chimba todo eres el mejor MARIO te amo :P
Gracias hermosa!!!!!! Yo tambi&eacute;n te amo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Awesome, dude!!!

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Bio: I'm Mario Caicedo Langer, from Colombia, former Navy officer and BSc in Naval Sciences. Right now I'm Technology Program Manager and Lego Robotics ... More »
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