by Davy Stone
For my birthday last year Chip gave me a Princess What's-Her-Name, but she sat in the closet for a long time because I couldn't figure out who to make out of her.  Then one day while looking at pictures of the old Super Friends arch villains, the Legion of Doom, it hit me -- the Cheetah.  It seemed like it would be a pretty easy custom.

But I forgot about the ears and tail.  I decided to try to make a bendable tail, and when I realized that the aquarium tubing was the right size, I started looking for some flexible wire to make it poseable.  I settled on the twist-tie wire that holds so many Star Wars toys in place in the packaging -- you know, the ones that make you curse, "what, don't they expect people to open their toys anymore?" 

I took three wires and twisted them all together for added strength.  Then, I dremmeled a hole in the Cheetah's butt and glued the wires in place (gosh, that sounds bad).  After the glue set, I threaded the tubing on the wire and glued it into place on her butt, as well.  Finally, I put some plumbers putty on the tip to round it off.

I made her ears from plumber's putty, and they weren't very difficult at all.  I did, however, have to superglue them in place -- they fell right off the moment they cured.

I repositioned her left hand with boiling water.  It was originally posed to hold a gun, so I just twisted it around a bit until it looked more like she was clawing.  Well, that's what I want it to look like anyway.

Parts Used:
Base figure: Princess What's-her- Name
Ears: Plumber's putty
Tail: Wire, aquarium tubing, and plumber's putty
Links in this table will connect you to customs made from other parts of same figure.

Cheetah, the Super Friends, the Legion of Doom and all related characters, names, and indicia are ©1999, DC Comics (a division of Time-Warner Communications), and are used WITHOUT permission. All rights reserved.

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