Dan (the Monster Man) Reeder was commissioned to make a Dragon trophy of “Maleficient” from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty“. The result is the magnificent paper mache piece you see below which features glowing eyes and mouth.
I was asked by a man who lives in France to make a dragon trophy of “Maleficent”, the dragon from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”. The first photos below are what I was supposed to use as a guide. He wanted a trophy that was as close a rendition of the cartoon as possible, including the lights. You would think that the simple lines would make this an easy task. But it wasn’t easy at all. It was quite a challenge, which I relished. I wanted to make the dragon that the cartoon would be based upon. But I couldn’t improvise very much without straying too far from the original drawings. And the lights were even a bigger challenge. Obviously I couldn’t get lights that would blast out of the mouth, eyes, and nose exactly like the cartoon. And the dragon had to look decent when the lights were turned off.
Alduin The World Eater runs the risk of being eaten himself in this epic cake made by Vera from Baking Obsession for her son’s birthday. I think Vera deserves an award for potentially being the best mom ever!
The cake itself and the dragon was my attempt to reproduce a sculpture from a set of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition (a computer game by Bethesda). I started making it using photos I found on the internet. Later, when we purchased the set, I realized that my pretty birdy was getting way too big, almost twice the size of the statue. To make the whole thing proportional, I had to scale up the size of the cake itself. It was made of four 13″x18″ sheets of chocolate cake, soaked in strawberry syrup, and sandwiched with bittersweet strawberry ganache (5 lbs of chocolate). Alduin’s core is made of modeling chocolate. His scales, horns, and spikes are made from gum paste. The double-sided wings are half-and-half (fondant/gum paste). His eyes are Swarovsky crystals.
“Mythical Beast” is Rick Hamel’s 7-foot long fire breathing radio controlled dragon. It’s powered by a Jetcat P80 Kerostart and actually breathes fire via a liquid propane system which is ignited by a stun gun circuit. Unfortunately the the dragon doesn’t breath flame while in flight for obvious reasons.
Check out the videos below of the dragon in flight, breathing fire and the interview with its builder which breaks down the specs of “Mythical Beast”.