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I made this scorpion toy with a Twitchie Robot Kit. I’m really afraid of scorpions where I live in Arizona, so I thought a friendly toy would help me get used to them. I made his plush body from some fabric I had around, aiming to make him look like an Arizona bark scorpion, which are tan/yellowish/translucent. Watch the video for build details, and here’s a list of materials I used:

  • Twitchie Robot Kit
  • 3 pieces of scrap wood
  • 1 drywall screw for non-driven front leg
  • hot glue
  • fabric for plush body
  • plush stuffing
  • thread & embroidery floss

Twitchie is Arduino powered and comes pre-programmed, so it’s an excellent kit for beginners in robotics, because no programming is required! You can download and modify the code if you want, and it’s pretty light on the soldering, too. I’d recommend Twitchie for young makers (boys & girls, too!) interested in robotics or moving plush toys. If you have an idea for what I should name my new friend, let me know in the comments! All I’ve come up with so far is “Scott.”

Music in the video is “At the Crack of Noon” by Shuutobi.

Twitchie Robot Kit

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Cobwebs

    He’s adorable!

    How about “Klaus” or “Lothar?”


  • yachris

    Any chance you could remix the sound on the video? The music is way too loud — I kept having to dive for the volume knob. Thanks!

    Nice construction, great crafting of the body, but as a confirmed scorpion-o-phobe I still don’t see the point :-)

  • Becky Stern

    @yachris I swapped the video out for a one with a *hopefully* more volume-friendly experience. =]

  • Sean Ragan

    My vote is for “Gilgamesh.”

    Seriously, this is a way cool use for Twitchie. Plushification is a great way to deal with anxieties. Witness plush microbes and plush chestbursters and Dread Plush Cthulhu. I’d like to see plush global warming or a plush dirty bomb. Perhaps plush VX gas.

  • Matt Mets

    Its cute ! I like the direction you are taking with your work.