Dragon-Con is over for this year, so the urgency to work on costume related projects is now gone. I needed something light and easy to work on this weekend, so I decided to make a re-creation of one of the little bouncy toys that can be seen happily hopping away at Ripley’s station on the bridge of the Nostromo. Now, when I say it can be seen, I really mean it can just barely be seen, heavily covered in shadow. Luckily, there are others who are seemingly just as obsessed with this movie as I am who have posted decent pictures of this little guy. If you are interested in seeing these pictures you should check them out over on this thread at the Propsummit Forum. If you scroll down a little bit, you can see a picture of Ripley’s station and her Hoptimist sitting on top of her monitors.
Amazingly enough, these toys are still being made! I had to order mine from RoyalDesign.com. I picked up the Blue Hoptimist Bumble. There are others that look very similar (the Baby Bumble in particular, but it is too small), but to match Ripley’s I needed the one with the open eyes and long legs. I had actually ordered one quite some time ago, shortly after completing the Drinking Birds. Shipping took a little bit of time since it actually came from Europe. In any case, all that is required to transform this toy into something resembling the version seen on screen is to sew up a nice little hat. Continue reading