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A giant weta toy for my advanced studio project. One of many special toys to come of super endangered, fairly unattractive (though I personally love wetas) animals.

Giant wetas are primarily vegetarian crickets that live in New Zealand, that are not quite as big as this sculpture, but will take up most of the room on your hand. They don't have wings, and their main defense against predators is to kick them with their pointy back legs, or hop away. unfortunately, with both competition with and predation from invasive species and habitat loss, these prehistoric giants are critically endangered.

The point of my project was to try to bring about some awareness to critically endangered or functionally extinct animals that aren't cute.

People will always be bending over backwards to make sure pandas never go extinct because pandas are adorable and fluffy. Not that pandas aren't worth saving, but at this point, they're pretty much all inbred and retarded.

So throughout the next few months i'll be making special toys of fairly ugly unpopular critically endangered animals that would otherwise go largely unnoticed by the general population as they slip into extinction.

This is the final sculpture without antennae. sculpey clay, toothpicks and paint

battery not included.

:D

enjoy!

I will post these as they are made. Probably one every week until sometime in march.
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:iconclaytonmears:
claytonmears Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Interface Designer
sooo cooool
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EatToast Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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claytonmears Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Haha your welcome!!
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FuriarossaAndMimma Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work!
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:iconeattoast:
EatToast Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Xx-Sushi-chan-xX Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aah, a wetapunga! It's adorable!
And raising awareness about 'ugly' (<- To the public) critically endangered animals is GREAT!
And the details on the abdomen and legs are gorgeous.
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:iconeattoast:
EatToast Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Xx-Sushi-chan-xX Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Silver-Fog Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its cute to me~
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:iconbalistarr:
Balistarr Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so cool!
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EatToast Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Balistarr Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome
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AkumaKuroHasu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
whoa. I saw something like this when I was at Mount Saint Mary's college.
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:iconeattoast:
EatToast Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That would be me!
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AkumaKuroHasu Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
OMG!!!SERIOUSLY?!?!?:iconlegaspplz: I didn't know that was yours! It was just so cute! (my mom said it was ugly...) I didn't kno u went to the Mount? Aww man, I could have met u and talked to u in person! it's not ever day u meet an awesome artist like you!!!
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:iconeattoast:
EatToast Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I made it for my advanced studio class last year. I'm a senior this year, so I'll be there for at least a little while longer :) I'm glad you liked it!
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AkumaKuroHasu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Liked it? I TOTALLY LOVED IT!
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favorite creatures, this is gorgeous! I wish I could find some real toys of them :(
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monkfishlover Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cute!
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nivramxX Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
is it going to eat the battey?
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:iconeattoast:
EatToast Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yes! it's keeps it going. :)
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ElizaMoonchild Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
This is really awesome! If I saw thing thing in my bathtub, I'd never go in there again. Like, ever. The weta now owns the bathroom.
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:iconeattoast:
EatToast Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! the weta just wants a bath! he wants to be a clean and shiny terrorbug :D
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ElizaMoonchild Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
D'aww... Still. Scary.
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Epileptic-Trees Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
The level of detail and wonderful you've managed to squish into this astounds me.
I love everything you touch.
And the fact that you've gone raising awareness for less popular critters.
Pandas are lame, anyways :3
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EatToast Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much!!!! this was a lot of fun to make. i've always loved wetas and creepy ugly animals. pandas are imbred and stinky :XD:
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Savverz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
SDBGUIWERBGHSEBRGHERNGUICHJ ;A;
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Overlord-Raven Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Yeah, you have a point. Most people only defend endangered species that are pleasing to the eyes, like Pandas, as you said, and Bald Eagles. But, some overlook other species just for their appearance. It's not unexpected, given kindness and empathy nowadays is a rarity, but I'm glad to see someone is indiscriminate of animals and insects on the verge of extinction. :)
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EatToast Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! must be a beauty is in the eye of the beholder kind of thing :XD:
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ViJohnSyu Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
daayynm looks like a real~

choked me xD
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Lauraloveslily Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Im from NZ and YES they are huge! XD

I love tuataras, which are said to be New Zealand Dinosaurs
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:iconeattoast:
EatToast Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
tuataras are also on my list of toys to make this semester! they are so cool :)
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fetherhd Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
ach...and I thought arizona had some big bugs!! This is so cool!
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EatToast Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
very impressive. I've always had this thing for any type of animal, both beautiful and ugly. Even their ugliness can be more beautiful than any other type of animal.
I have this giant book about millions of animal species, lots of endangered and extinct ones too. If you like I could give you a few names of not-so-popular endangered animals, though I got the idea you probably already got your own list of creatures you want to sculpture :)
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EatToast Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:XD: i love those kinds of books, i have so many books! what's your book called? i wanted to be a bio major since i was itty bitty, but i cannot do the math that would get me my degree :( so i figure i can be on the art end instead!

i'd love some names! what are your favorites? (let's be bio nerds! :B)
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KartoffelPo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
That's awesome. o u o

Kay I'm not gonna lie, I know that battery says "ALKALINE BATTERY" but I totally read it as "ALMIGHTY BATTERY" when I first saw it..
<u<;;;
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EatToast Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you read it right the first time!! it's an almighty battery!
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Biofresh Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
xa-xa-xa
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Herebellama Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
If it weren't for the Weta, Weta Workshop would be named something completly different and probably not as cool sounding. :D
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EatToast Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
it'd be something boring, like ant workshop. :XD:
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Herebellama Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly! :D
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xX-PumpkinQueen-Xx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student General Artist
ugh god I live in New Zealand and one time I had one crawling up my foot and it was HUUGE!!
I was like screaming and kicking haha XD It was that big lol
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EatToast Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
they're cool, but i would not want one crawling up my leg :fear:
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xX-PumpkinQueen-Xx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student General Artist
no you dont >___<
My dad was watching me screaming D:
He was like "Awh cmon dont be like that!"
In the end, he kicked it off for me lool
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pinklemonaddict Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Dude, wetas are awesome. They scare me to death, but still; awesome.

(the only reason I know of them is because its my dream job to work at Weta Workshop in NZ. It probably wont happen, but it's good motivation XD)
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EatToast Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
hahaha, weta workshop is an awesome place. i want to work there too. we can both me on their dream payroll!
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pinklemonaddict Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Heck yeah!
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ElaclairesSkies Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
I don't see why these things wouldn't be considered adorable, as I see them as such :D Excellent job on the detail and painting!
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EatToast Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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