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That's right, folks.  It's THAT time of year again.  Rifftrax's newest Kickstarter will help them re-riff Space Mutany and take on the fantasy cult film Krull, and will help YOU get your hands on some awesome swag!

Want free shorts? 

Want downloads and DVDs?


Yeah, I thought so.  ;)

Head over to the Kickstarter page and support the guys!




The news was just announced by Joel, Jonah, and Felicia at the conclusion of the 2017 Turkey Day Marathon!  I'm so excited, I was NOT expecting (but definitely hoping for) a Season 12 announcement tonight, but we got one! 

Whaddya think, sirs?!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Other MST3K Related Bots / Reptilicus Metalicus!
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:01:36 PM »


Sorry, couldn't resist.  ;D

Anyway, I recently received my long awaited MST3K: Season 11 Blu-ray box set in the mail, and spent an afternoon watching all of the exclusive content.  It was a treasure trove of information, and featured a lot of images from the production spread out over the documentary and two image galleries.

One of those images was a nice close up of everyone's favorite Jonah-eating, metal ceiling snake, the mysterious Reptilicus Metalicus.

The image reveals the prop to be a hand puppet, and one that appears to have its basis in found objects.  Whether or not these are 3D printed copies of original objects is unknown, but I can tell you right now - and I know a thing or two about a thing or two after so much Waverly research - that I know a sandcastle mold when I see it.  :P

That said, now that I know what Reptilicus Metalicus' nose is, the Bot Building Bug has bitten me again, and I now have to know what the rest of him is.  I'd love one of these guys hanging from MY ceiling, albeit on a smaller, less dangerous scale, of course.  ;)

Once again, my friends... THE HUNT IS AFOOT!

Photos Galore! / Gypsy's Theater Silhouette: HOW THEY DID IT!
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:49:01 PM »
I recently received my long awaited MST3K: Season 11 Blu-ray box set in the mail, and spent an afternoon watching all of the exclusive content.  It was a treasure trove of information, and featured a lot of images from the production spread out over the documentary and two image galleries.

One of the images finally answered a question I'd been asking since I attended the Chicago Reptilicus screening: just how did they achieve the effect of Gypsy lowering into the theater?

The image below shows an operator holding a miniature Gypsy rig in front of a green screen.  The puppet, which is painted black as the other "silhouette" bots would be, appears to have a mouth operated by a trigger in the puppeteer's hand, which in all probability moves a wire in that central stick (also painted green) to control the jaw.

The little Gypsy head appears to be roughly the same size as the one on the little Gypsy that Shout! Factory included as a bonus figure in Volume XIX.  Wouldn't it be hysterical if it were a repurposed toy?  ;D

Either way, here's the image and a close up of little Gypsy to boot:

MST3K Related Props / Season 11 Satellite of Love!
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:32:31 PM »
I recently received my long awaited MST3K: Season 11 Blu-ray box set in the mail, and spent an afternoon watching all of the exclusive content.  It was a treasure trove of information, and featured a lot of images from the production spread out over the documentary and two image galleries.

One of the highlights of one of the aforementioned galleries was a series of shots showing the construction of the Season 11 Satellite of Love.  They intrigued me for a few reasons: firstly, for the simple reason that I love seeing how these props are made; secondly, because these are really the clearest images we have of the new SOL anywhere right now, and give us our first detailed look at the whole prop; and third, the construction process is practically identical to the method I used a few months ago to make my own Satellite of Love!  I was doing the same thing the professionals were doing.  Talk about cool!

Anyway, for the sake of posterity and future prop building aspirations, here are the images for you to enjoy:

Yes, it's that time of year again!  Join Joel, Jonah, and Felicia at 9:00 AM PT and noon ET for the fifth Shout! Factory Turkey Day Marathon!

What episodes will be shown?  Will Tom, Crow, and Gypsy show up?  Will Waverly make an appearance?!

And for God's sake... WILL THEY ANNOUNCE SEASON 12?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

We'll have to watch to find out!

Those of you who attended an MST3K Live Show (or two!) this summer know that the shows were packed with tons of practical props and inventions, including a memorable appearance by a terrifying, shaving cream covered, long tongued giant Eegah head during... well, I'm sure you can guess which of the two shows it appeared in.  ;)

For those of you who didn't get a chance to attend, the head was used in a shaving competition between Servo and Jonah, with the audience split in half and cheering for one or the other.  The head featured moving eyes, a voice declairing classic Richard Kiel quotables like "Shtemlo!", and an unsettling, long pink lolling tongue.  It was operated by a puppeteer behind the desk while Jonah and Tom shaved like they'd never shaved before.  (At my show in Chicago, Tom's spring arm snapped off and Jonah declared himself the winner by default as Tom screamed "WHAT DID YOU DO?!?!" over and over again.  It was hysterical!)

Anyway, here's a shot we got of the head in action:

Photos Galore! / MST3K Live Behind The Scenes Pic!
« on: August 09, 2017, 06:34:52 PM »
Recently, Rebecca "Gypsy/Synthia" Hansen tweeted this awesome behind the scenes photo of Jonah and the bots behind the silhouette screen during on of this last month's live shows!

It's awesome to see the guys in a very traditional MST3K setup: no digital flying Tom (not that there's anything wrong with that!), no crowded floor with multiple puppeteers for each bot... just the host and two painted black bots sitting in front of a movie screen like the good ol' days.  :)

One interesting thing to note: it appears as though the cast is actually facing the audience, with Crow sitting to Jonah's left and Tom on his right.  The sillouettes appear reversed to the correct positions (Tom on left, Crow on right) from the audience's perspective.  A cool little detail!

Just thought I'd share!

Parts Sourcing / Waverly's Sand Toy Parts!
« on: May 23, 2017, 10:51:05 PM »
While several of the parts for everyone's new favorite bot remain stubbornly unidentified (at least as of right now), some serious Amazon trolling, store visiting, and purchasing has resulted in positively identifying all of the plastic sand toys used for Waverly!  Big thanks to my fellow, similarly obsessed friends in the Waverly thread for their help with this.

That said, here is a list of Amazon listings for each of the parts!

The Head (plastic watering pot):
(Note: there are listings for a practically identical pot that is too small for an accurate Waverly.  Visit the thread for specifics on how to tell the difference:

The Mouth (sandcastle mold):
(NOTE: while it looks like these last two also have the shoulder, the piece is just subtly different enough to not be 100% accurate.)

The Shoulders (sandcastle mold; must be altered to remove second wall; two needed):

That's right folks, it's time to board the Hype Train to Mundo Fine!  Jonah and the bots are coming to a town near you (hopefully)!!!!!!!!

Here's the official story:

And here's a promo:

Backers get early access to tickets tomorrow!  Check your inboxes!

Looks like my bots and I are headed to Chicago in July!  ;)

MST3K Related Props / Satellite of Love: Preschool Edition!
« on: May 12, 2017, 11:16:31 PM »
First, a little background is necessary...

I work as both a children's art teacher and a preschool teacher, and every day while doing the latter we have a 2 hour nap time, during which there's often very little to do other than watch kids toss and turn and listen to relaxing nap time music.  So, a few months ago, as I sat listening to piano covers  of Disney songs, I decided that I needed an art project to work on.  But what?

I surveyed my surroundings, and made a mental list of materials I saw: construction paper, scissors/glue/tape, buttons in various shapes (like circles, squares, and hexagons), cardboard tubes, and a collage basket filled with stickers, buttons, and various bits of plastic junk.

What would I build?  Obviously, the Satellite of Love!  What else?!

So began my SOL Challenge, wherein I would use only materials I found at my various work locations to construct the best Satellite I could!  And so, with no blueprints, no concrete measurements, and armed only with the faith and hope that I could pull this off, I began.

My first step was taking a Hexagonal button (about an inch and a third across) and tracing dozens and dozens of hexagons on construction paper.  After a few flimsy prototypes (constructed over several weeks), I switched to sturdier flash card paper.  I freehanded a pentagon that would fit between the hexagons, and traced a bunch of those as well.  Then it was time to tape them all together (from the inside), and create the connecting geodesic spheres.  This took a while.  I got some weird looks from my kids, but when I told them I was building a spaceship, their eyes lit up. :)

After constructing the domes, I soon abandoned my idea to use cardboard tubes as the larger tunnels, and instead cut 18 long strips of thin cardboard to form the hexagonal shapes.  The two tunnels (12 strips) weren't long enough, so the last 6 got cut in half to form two tunnel extensions that were then added to the longer tunnels.  The two big tunnels were then covered with white paper to hide the taped seams. 

For the middle bit, I rolled a wrapping paper tube super tight, then taped it into shape and put it between the two tunnels.  Then, the whole paper and cardboard mess was hot glued together into the shape of our favorite theater containing Satellite!

Then came the fun part... finding little bits of crap and gluing all over the surface!  It's something I've always wanted to do since seeing Star Wars when I was but a wee lad, and becoming a MSTie really solidified the notion that it was something anyone could do themselves.  I love the show for that, so I took great pleasure in plastering tons of fun little things to the hull of my SOL, almost all of which came from my preschool!

These included foam letters and other shapes, a bunch of those little wooden craft shapes, K-Nects (remember those?), plastic straws, cardboard, a house from Monopoly, several lids from those apple sauce squeeze packets, buttons, string, a Command Hook, a ping pong ball, and other little plastic pieces!  I'm particularly proud of the satellite dish, which was made from one of those aforementioned apple sauce lids, a bit of foam, and a toy traffic cone.  (The only pieces I cheated on are a few bits of model kit plastic from my old Seaview kit.  I allowed it because "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" is "part of the MST3K family", as it were!)

I then hit the end result with several coats of (again, keeping it in the family) Testers Flat Dark Gun Metal Gray.

Considering the final product is largely paper, cardboard, tape, and hot glue, I'm VERY pleased with the results!  It took around four months of off and on work to finish it (and I might still give it another coat of paint), but I think it turned out pretty awesome!

(On a side note, about 12 hours after finishing this on a Saturday night, I drive to get groceries on Sunday morning and, as if it was meant to be, stumbled across a dicast red VW microbus in a model car display. I'll let you guess what my next prop build will be...  ;) )

Other MST3K Related Bots / My First Bot Project: Carl the Nanite!
« on: May 07, 2017, 01:57:40 PM »
Hello there, won't you?  :)

I'm a LONG time lurker and a first time poster!  This amazing forum has been such a wonderful fountain of information for me over the last half decade, as I've begun to apply my art experience to my long time love of character creation, kit bashing, and, of course, anything and everything MST3K!  Over the years I've managed to accumulate a small but awesome collection of MST3K bot/prop reproductions, all but one of which I've built/am building myself!  The only one I didn't do myself was Crow... I have the great sledge_riprock to thank for him! ;)

In trying to find the perfect project to be my first post here, it became pretty obvious that it needed to be my first ever completed bot building project, way back from early 2014...

As far back as 2012, I began accumulating various bot parts whenever/wherever I could.  My big goal was to build my own lovable, huggable Gypsy, but, of course, that's easier said than done.  By mid 2013, I had accumulated all of her parts, but got cold feet about slicing into my long sought and finally acquired Century Loveseat.  While I worked up the cajones to attempt Gypsy, I decided I needed to tackle an easier, less complicated bot build, and after consulting this very site, decided to build my own Nanite!

The parts list was pretty simple: a VHS tape (of which I had many blanks), a cassette case (again, tons of those), film canister lids (just enough of those!), gutter clips (which I ordered off eBay... but man, the shipping...), and assorted odds and ends for the head and back.  I snagged some of those wooden square craft shapes from Michael's, which I used for the eye squares and the variously sized plates on the backs.

During the Sci-fi Era, the Nanites were operated by rods under a tabletop, and their heads were pulled back/up via string.  I didn't attach a string to mine, but I did want him to be able to look up like his brethren did in the show.  In the great tradition of "simple is better", I simply bent a piece of thin cardboard in half, and superglued it to the head and tape.  Bam, instant hinge!

This is where I hit my big roadblock, though.  I really wanted my Nanite to have an opening mouth, but I couldn't, for the life of me, find any duffle bag clips that matched the ones used on the show.  I was darn close to giving up and just gluing an immobile clip onto his face, when, like a bolt from the blue, inspiration struck.

After wondering around my house looking for SOMETHING, ANYTHING that could work for a mouth, I found one of those blue dental floss containers with the flipping lid.  Without further ado, I ripped the lid off and sliced it in half.  I hope mom didn't mind...

Anyway, my next challenge was finding a way to get the two halves to open and close while also getting them attached to the head.  The problem was the lower jaw, which, in order to open, couldn't be glued to the head or upper jaw.  My solution was to cut an old gift card in half and then tape it back together, creating a hinge.  I then glued the top of the card to the head, letting the lower half dangle off with the hinge aligned to the lower edge of the head.  Then the upper and lower jaws were glued on, and boom!  Opening and closing jaw!  I was very proud of myself!  ;D

I then hit the whole thing with a couple of coats of blue metallic paint, and then added some cuircut-esque details to the back and color to the eyes and mouth with a silver paint pen.

Looking back at the end result three years later, I'm still pretty happy with the result!  I'd love to make him a friend sometime, but I've got a few other MST3K projects to finish first...

For those interested, here are some shots of Carl the Nanite in various stages of development!  (And, in case you are wondering, I got the name from Robot Holocaust.  Tom's suggestion of the name "Carl" for the Plant Guy cracks me up every time!)

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