Make a baby Samus Aran using plastic trash (special guests: The Caicedo-Langer Family!)

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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!!!!

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sffdhfhjdj2 years ago
Moms and family always make the best food or the best something;)
M.C. Langer (author)  sffdhfhjdj2 years ago
Oh yeah!
Nsrune33 years ago
I'm confused. What's a gatorade pot?
M.C. Langer (author)  Nsrune33 years ago
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
Nsrune3 Nsrune33 years ago
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
Numbuh1Nerd3 years ago
How tall is Baby Samus?
M.C. Langer (author)  Numbuh1Nerd3 years ago
25 cm, more or leas.
That's so awesome.I especially dig the googly eyes and light beam.
M.C. Langer (author)  rockinhero201X3 years ago
Thanks Rockinhero!! :-)
delfino4 years ago
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.

I also used old floppy discs (the inside floppy is kind of cool to work with/cut, obsolete keys, hardware, anything in the "junk drawer" is fair game. Please keep making more of your little guys, so cute!
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M.C. Langer (author)  delfino4 years ago
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.


Have a great night!!

el santo5 years ago
Mario, enhorabuena!!!!!! :D Creo que merecías el oro, compañero, pero la plata es un triunfo también :)
M.C. Langer (author)  el santo5 years ago
Gracias amigo Santo!!! Yo también quería el oro, pero a decir verdad, me pareció un excelente proyecto de dinosaurios!
Mr.Sanchez5 years ago
Buena paisano....quedamos finalistas...para mi eso ya es ganancia...poder codearme con las grandes Ligas. Un abrazo fraterno ...y : ! QUE VIVA COLOMBIA...CARAAAJJJJOOOO...¡
M.C. Langer (author)  Mr.Sanchez5 years ago
Felicitaciones igualmente! Y que viva!
ArlisVDV5 years ago
    AW, Come on!  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!
    Fungus Amongus should use this as an example of how to make an Instructable.
   Great Job M. C. you have my vote!
M.C. Langer (author)  ArlisVDV5 years ago
Thank you very much Arlis!!!!! :-)
NaesDraw5 years ago
My only complaint would be the visor isn't green. Other then that, I think it's awesome. Well done!
M.C. Langer (author)  NaesDraw5 years ago
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.
WingDings5 years ago
Oops. I shouldn't have used Google Images to find out who Samus Aran was while at work! >.<
M.C. Langer (author)  WingDings5 years ago
thepelton5 years ago
I have noticed that immediately after Easter here in the US that M&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.
M.C. Langer (author)  thepelton5 years ago
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.
M.C. Langer (author)  M.C. Langer5 years ago
If you like my instructable, please vote for me!! Thanks!
vivibolivar5 years ago
Got my vote!!!!!!!
M.C. Langer (author)  vivibolivar5 years ago
Thanks Ms. Bolivar!! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!
el santo5 years ago
¡Hey Mario! Tienes mi voto :) Fabuloso!!
M.C. Langer (author)  el santo5 years ago
Gracias amigo Santo!!!!!!
Of course i did my friend...
M.C. Langer (author)  diegocardenas5 years ago
Thank you Mr. Cárdenas!
yokozuna5 years ago
Props on design, originality, and quality photos.
M.C. Langer (author)  yokozuna5 years ago
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.
M.C. Langer (author)  yokozuna5 years ago
Thank ypu!! :-)
ChrysN5 years ago
It's so cute!
M.C. Langer (author)  ChrysN5 years ago
If you like my instructable, please vote for me!! Thanks!
M.C. Langer (author)  ChrysN5 years ago
Thanks my friend!!!! :-)
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