Stranger Things

I was fortunate enough to take a few weeks off from painting this year. Didn’t do anything too exciting, just the usual visiting the family and baby-sitting my niece and nephew thing. I’ve never been one to treat children like children so I taught them the art of binge watching Netflix shows. We did nearly an entire season of “PeeWee’s Playhouse” in one sitting. It was a compromise because the kids refused to watch “Stranger Things” with me. They threatened me with tears. Then again, these are the same kids who were freaked out by Pan-Kun and James, the chimp and English bulldog team that went around Japan doing human tasks, so I had to table this highly anticipated show of the summer until they went home.

And boy, they don’t know what they’re missing! Even though I have many many sets to work on when I got back, I stole some time to paint the Stranger Things set…that is how obsessed I am with this show. Hey, once a fangirl, always a fangirl.

Stranger Things

There’s Hopper, Joyce, Jonathan, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and of course, Eleven.


Utterly Divine!

Okay, so this wasn’t my idea at all, but I felt like I had to do this all-Divine set, both in the glorious jumbo set and also a mini version. It took several nights to paint, as I had to do it after after hours, but I powered through it and this is the result!


The large set and…

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the mini set!

It features Babs Johnson, Dawn Davenport, Francine Fishpaw, Rosie Valez, and Edna Turblad.

Some details:


…and a side-by-side:


I love the big Babs, but the mini has its charms too!

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There’s Something About Mary

This was meant to be a fairly cut and dry project, seven dolls from the gross but hilarious film “There’s Something About Mary,” but I was asked to recreate some elements that made the film so popular, namely Mary’s hair coated in sperm and also Magda’s dog that’s in a full body cast. I didn’t lose any sleep over it because, for months, I had a piece of hair lying around that I’d used for David Bowie’s Goblin King hair and figured that could be utilized.


(From large to small) Mary (don’t worry, I used faux sperm for the hair effect), Ted and his, um, unfortunate accident in his prom tux, Healy with his big ass teeth, Warren and his earmuffs, Dom covered in hives, Magda, and of course, her little pooch Puffy.

Mary cast

After mulling over a few ideas, I decided to sculpt Puffy completely from scratch.

The Shining Updated

This is one of those sets I don’t paint often and am always glad when I get to do it.

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I do have to agree with Stephen King that the movie isn’t as great as the book, but it is still able to scare the living daylights out of me with each viewing and that’s what’s important!


This is also one of those sets where I have to cast the physical doll instead of just reaching for a ready-made one. The itty bitty Forever and Ever Twins are cast in polymer and baked to perfection. The problem with this technique is that I have to be super careful before varnishing it or else the paint gets scuffed up. Doing this set does keep me on my toes!

A George Stover Interview

This is a little different for BoBo Babushka. After doing a few interviews, I thought, hey, let’s shake things up a little. Why don’t I be the interviewer for a change? It may be a one-time thing, it may be a series of interviews…who knows? I’m fortunate enough to secure my first interview with actor George Stover, who hails from Baltimore, home of the John Waters movies.

George began his acting career in college plays and was involved in the Baltimore theater groups and eventually moved to film work. His movie debut was Female Trouble, playing a priest who escorts Divine’s Dawn Davenport to the electric chair at the end of the movie.


Female Trouble was not only my first movie,” George said, “but it was also a John Waters movie. I had some dialogue at the end of the movie in a scene with Divine, and I was billed last in the credits. Little did I know at the time that this film would become a bona fide cult movie!”

George’s next movie with John Waters was Desperate Living. “I played Mink Stole’s husband Bosley Gravel at the beginning of the movie. Our family maid kills me so my wife and the maid run away and end up in Mortville.”


George Stover as Bosley Gravel

When asked about his thoughts on John Waters and his films, George described the director as being very talented, disciplined and prepared. “He always knew exactly what he wanted to capture on film,” George said. “I did feel that the subject matter in his movies might hold him back career-wise. How wrong I was! Of course, Hollywood has now caught up with him as far as ‘shock value’ is concerned…except, perhaps, for the poop-eating scene in Pink Flamingos! It would be difficult for John to out-shock Hollywood in this day and age.” His professionalism aside, George also described Waters to be a really nice person and would often be invited to his legendary Christmas parties back in the day.


Edie Massey and George

George told me that he is frequently cast in science fiction and horror movies. “I play scientists, priests and sheriffs more often than not,” George intoned. “So it’s always fun when I can play a villain. It’s also nice to be in a movie that is NOT science fiction or horror.” This brought up the subject of whether or not his movies had been spoofed by the gang of Mystery Science Fiction Theater 3000.


“Well, sort of,” he said. “MST3K once showed a movie called ‘Pod People’ and for some reason, they included footage of me from ‘The Galaxy Invader’ behind the opening credits. I don’t know why they even bothered to do this, but I was flattered that they did.”


He mentioned also that Cinematic Titanic, a project featuring most of the original MST3K cast, had riffed the movie The Alien Factor. “They did this during some live shows as well as on a DVD they produced. The Galaxy Invader was riffed on its own from Rifftrax with a commentary by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of MST3K. I was flattered that MST3K and its spinoffs chose those movies.” When asked whether or not he was offended by the snarky comments made by Mike and the bots, George good naturally pointed out that he wasn’t. “If anything,” he said, “I think they might have neglected to criticize a few things that I might have criticized myself!”


In the last few months, George has completed his roles in Revenge of the Devil Bat, Beyond the Wall of Fear, and Frames of Fear. He will also soon be featured in Killer Campout. And for the fans of the original Manos: Hands of Fate, its sequel Manos Returns is definitely maybe still in the works in which George could be a part of!

Due to a fear of flying and a bevy of pets in need of constant attention, George sticks pretty close to the Baltimore area. He is indeed able to participate in out-of-town shoots by filming footage in his home. In Beyond the Wall of Fear, George films his scene as a scientist in his backyard! “I sent the footage to the movie’s director, Joe Sherlock, in Portland, Oregon, and via split screen, he made it look like a newscaster was actually interviewing me! That’s the magic of the movies for you!” he said happily.

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(photo courtesy of skullfaceastronaut)

Well, there you have it! If you are interested in contacting George Stover for any projects, you can find him through Facebook.

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Here’s a new Female Trouble set featuring George as the Chaplin!

Adventure Time Wedding

Here’s an interesting one: An Adventure Time/ Doctor Who themed set as a wedding gift!

Adventure Time


In it the Bride and Groom are wearing costumes from “The Girl in the Fireplace” episode from Doctor Who. The bride’s dress is sleeveless to better showcase her tattoo. They both fit neatly inside a few characters from Adventure Time. I’d thought originally I’d have to paint Princess Bubblegum, but what’d ya know! I got to do Lumpy Space Princess!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Can you believe I actually spent the entire 90s without seeing an entire episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer?” Yet, when I was asked to paint a set of some of the central characters, I actually knew quite a lot about the show. I must’ve picked up all these Buffy knowledge over the years from reading about it in myriad periodicals…that’s the only explanation. Another one is that maybe I binge watch it in my sleep. Who knows what one does during their slumber? It’s not unusual for me to find cookie crumbs in my bed when I wake up in the morning.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Few Years Later…

I haven’t had to paint any Stefon dolls for a while because the NBC Store was selling a reproduction of them. It freed up my schedule drastically and I get to paint something other than that Ed Hardy shirt over and over again. But I couldn’t say no when I was asked to paint a large Stefon along with some classic SNL characters, ones I more or less grew up watching. It’s too bad the Church Lady didn’t make it into the final cut…that would’ve really finished me off for sure! However, I’m not complaining about what I had to paint.


What a line up! There’s Stefon, of course but then we have Chris Farley as Matt Foley the motivational speaker who “lives in a van down by the river,” Will Ferrell as the “more cowbells” guy, Dan Aykroyd as Irwin Mainway and his Bag O’ Glass, Bill Murray as Nick the Lounge Singer, Tim Meadows as Ladies Man, and my favorite, Adam Sandler as Opera Man.



Speaking of Stefons…it was a shock to look up while watching the new episode of “The Mindy Project” to see my little guy sitting on Seth Meyers’ desk.

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I can retire now, right?


It’s not every day I do a giant set of 8…especially if there are two sets to work on at the same time! Luckily it’s a set featuring a new sitcom called “Telenovela” starring Eva Langoria that’s all about bright colors and bling and muy delicioso abs and many funny moments all on the set of a Spanish soap opera. I once had a student who would spend his after school art class in my room reading out loud the exploits of Juan-Carlo and Carlotta that he’d painstakingly transcribed in English off shows he watched with his Chinese grandma on Telemundo. It used to drive me nuts, but what else is one to do in an after school art class once they’re done with their assignments? Watching “Telenovela” now reminds me fondly of that particular student and lazy afternoons watching Telemundo with my own Chinese grandma.

Here are Set A and Set B of the core cast of “Telenovela” with several slight differences.



Some details:






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