“Get In My Belly!”

Whilst the above is exclaimed by the character Fat Bastard in Austin Powers – The Spy Who Shagged Me,  we are not yet venturing into the realms of inch-high spy-fi, but continuing with the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut that is the Ghostbusters Project. So, why this particular quote? Read on and all will be revealed…

As regular visitors to the Buffet will know, I have garnered the reputation of “thinking outside the box”, usually by re-purposing miniatures from a wide variety of genres into whatever project I’m currently indulged in. However,  long-term followers will also know that sometimes I go so far ‘outside the box’, that the box is but a teeny,  tiny brown dot on the horizon. So, bearing that in mind, this post is either a work of inspired genius or, to quote Mr Michael Awdry,  “Bonkers”. I’ll leave that for you to decide…

Whilst researching figures for my last post (Beyond Ghostbusters – Part 6), I was trying to find suitable figures to represent the ghosts haunting the cinema in Return of the Ghostbusters. Whilst I did eventually find something that would work, I wasn’t entirely happy with my choice.

From my knowledge of the various incarnations of the Ghostbusters franchise, I’ve gathered that non-human ghosts tend to be semi-transparent blobs of various colours, with rudimentary features and vestigial limbs. But where to find such a thing?

How about in the confectionary aisle of your local supermarket?

That’s right, I’m referring to the fruit flavoured sweets known as Jelly Babies. You are probably questioning my sanity at this point, but bear with me, as it’s not quite as crazy as it sounds.

As the majority of this type of ghost tend to float, the idea was to ‘mount’ (I.e. jam the Jelly Babies onto) a suitable transparent flight stand, which I’d run out of. A quick visit to eBay netted me 10 GW flight stands for £1.79 including postage. Next was a trip to my local supermarket, where a 230g bag of “own brand” Jelly Babies cost me 85p. I then proceeded to assemble my ‘ghosts’ and this is the result:

Jelly1

As the average Jelly Baby is approximately 30mm tall, they are pretty much in scale for 28mm figures, as shown in the picture below.

Jelly2

Putting aside the whole ‘playing with your food’ aspect of this idea, there are several advantages to doing this. Firstly, it’s cheap – the total cost of this was £2.64, including the flight stands, and for this I got 39 ‘ghosts’. Secondly, Jelly Babies are readily available pretty much everywhere. Thirdly, when you bust a ‘ghost’, you get to eat it…

Jelly3

nom nom nom…

That’s all for this instalment, but be sure to join me next time, when I may have actually done some painting. I’m not promising anything, however…

You know who to call…just hopefully not the men in the white coats…

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12 thoughts on ““Get In My Belly!”

  1. Yep, not so sure this is out of the box as out with the fairies! It’s either genius or…. lets go with genius shall we?

    I see where your going with this but I’m sure I’ve seen plastic or resin “jewellery” versions of the jelly babies somewhere and I think I’d be inclined to go with them myself. What next Ferrero Rocher asteroids?

    Cheers Roger. (you really need to get the paint brushes out mate!)

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    • Thanks Roger. Having ended up with sticky flight stands and icing sugar everywhere, I feel that this wasn’t one of my better ideas. Don’t worry though, normal service will be resumed shortly. 🙂

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  2. You do know, Jez, that there is a fine line between genius and insanity? Yes, this is totally bonkers but it is also inspired. I applaud your ingenuity.

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    • Thanks Bryan. Having now got this out of my system, hopefully we won’t be seeing anymore “playing with food” on my blog, so no marshmallows with faces drawn on them or such. Garnered a lot of comments on TMP though, with someone suggesting using Gummi Bears instead…

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    • Thanks Michael. An idea that’s walking a fine line, so it could have gone either way. If you start seeing “miniatures” made from cocktail sausages with googly eyes stuck on, I’ve probably crossed the line…

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