With so much family in town this past holiday season, it was hard to do much else. The dinners were good and the desserts were way way too good. One of the projects on my list during December was to mod an RC car for a little Jewish boy who was celebrating his birthday. No not Jesus, my son’s friend and friend’s son, Yossi!
Earlie in 2013 (happy New Year by the way), I modified a cheap RC car to look like Umicar: little car-character (caracter) from a kid’s shows called Umi Zoomi. Since I had an RC car (from a Wall-E project that got too heavy), and the cardboard and hot glue gun were already out on my desk… I thought I’d give it a shot. I mean, you can basically just glue… whatever… to an RC car and watch it go, as long as it’s lightweight.
Harris, my son, is still a bit heavy handed with the controls and in all reality would rather hold the car and push it around… and take it apart. When Yossi got a turn with the RC Umicar, he seemed to quickly grasp how the remote controlled the car. His parents mentioned that he enjoyed the cartoon, Handy Manny, and that “Fixit” was a robot dog character in the show. If you know me, then you know you’ve got my attention just by mentioning any of the words- dinosaur, dog, robot. Combine any two of those words and then we’re REALLY talking!
I was surprised that a Google image-search turned up very little for “Fixit”. After doing some more digging, I discovered that in Season 3, the episode: Fixit’s Repair is like, the ONLY Fixit heavy episode and the only Fixit toy that exists is a little-bitty plastic mini figure. So I watched the episode a few times, took some screen captures and made some sketches. She really is an odd little character that looks like a toaster on top of a belt sander.
I purchased an inexpensive RC car, and began looking through all of the bits and supplies I already had around my office: cardboard, Styrofoam, plastic bottles, straws, etc. I considered that I might just have everything I need right here!