Monday, September 05, 2011

Plush Weaponry, In Deeper Than I Expected

Buster has been a good companion to his big brother, being Anakin to his Obi-wan, Captain Jack to his Will Turner. Lately, he’s really gotten into Lego Ninjago, especially the blue ninja – Jay, Ninja of Lighting – and spins himself endlessly, whipping his blankie around exclaiming, “The Golden Nunchucks of Lightning!”

Here’s an image of Jay (on the left, accompanied by Kai, red ninja of Fire). In the Lego Ninjago story, the characters spin around very quickly, creating “tornados” of power.

After I finished Q-ster’s Harry Potter broom yesterday, it seemed only suitable that I make Buster some nice, squishy Golden Nunchucks of Lighting that he could brandish. And here is our little ninja!

He was so delighted that he spent the rest of the afternoon spinning around with the nunchucks, wearing them over his shoulders like a scarf, so he could snuggle with the soft yellow felt.

I got curious, because I’ve always thought that nunchucks seemed like a particularly inefficient form of weaponry – it looks a lot more likely that you’ll bonk yourself on the head than actually do any damage to your opponent. Hello, Wikipedia.

Well. It turns out that real nunchaku have very short chains. I was modeling my plush nunchucks after Lego nunchucks, and one has to remember that Lego mini-figures have very short arms – thus, a long chain in between. Oops number one.

And then, further down in the description of this Okinawan device, it turns out that it is ILLEGAL to own nunchaku in the state of California.

I feel like such a stellar parent. Not only am I producing cuddly weapons, but they’re illegal cuddly weapons.


Bob said...

What an expression on his face.

mayberry said...

Whoa! We have a real pair of nunchuks from karate school! I'll have to remember not to bring them to California.

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