Another piece for Fan Expo 2014.
I have a question for all you Metroid fans out there: Why the hell is one of the greatest female protagonists treated with such disrespect by her creators?
I mean, seriously, it’s only gone downhill over the years. A character that began as an awesome, independent, species-exterminating, badass has begun to decline into another cheap sex symbol stereotype. I just don’t get it. The long hair? The skin-tight outfit? For Pete’s sake, a suit with built-in stiletto heels?! Nintendo is really pushing it when it comes to their recent design choices of Samus’ Zero-Suit.
I mean, I guess we can thank them that the Power Suit has remained intact over the years; there hasn’t been any canonical sexual representation of that… as far as I’m aware anyway.
In any case, this leads me to this new piece. I’ve gone and done a complete design overhaul of Samus’ sans-armor look. No more long hair, it’s been cropped short to be practical and you know, actually fit under her helmet. The stilettos have been replaced in favour of a sturdier, reinforced boot design to enhance jumping capabilities when her jetboosters aren’t being worn. The skin-tight jumpsuit is still form-fitting, but in a more utilitarian fashion; snug, but not bustin’ out. Also, the look of the suit takes some influence from her military days with the Galactic Federation, with a medal of valour as well as some command patches on her shoulders to represent rank. Samus may have left the Federation, but she still works with them and I think she maintains a healthy respect for the uniform and the lifestyle. Finally, I’ve done away with that stupid stun-pistol she had in Zero Mission. I understood the non-lethal function in the game, as it would be pretty overpowered if Samus could still kill Space Pirates without using her beam weapons, but I really can’t see her leaving her suit without some form of lethal weaponry. So I’ve traded the stun pistol for an energized hand cannon that fires pulse cartridges of a similar strength to a shotgun. Hence the ammo belt around her leg.
The last thing I want to bring attention to is our hero’s face. Samus has always been represented as being pretty darn attractive. Model-like looks, bright, blonde hair, and always done up in perfect makeup. To be honest, I never really bought it. To me, Samus would probably not have bothered with makeup, especially if she was on a mission. Also, it always kind of bothered me that Samus never really showed any wear and tear from her countless fights with the Space Pirates and other baddies. I guess it could be attributed to her prowess as a warrior, but I don’t know, it never really made sense to me. Anyway, I thought some scars would add character to her face, so there they are. Lastly, when looking for references for Samus’ visage, I ended up combining the faces of Sigourney Weaver (whom Samus was based off in the 80s), Jane Lynch (who has a great Samus-esque character in Wreck-It Ralph), and Gwendoline Christie ( the actor playing Brienne of Tarth, the badass of Westeros). I think it worked out nicely, finally giving some maturity and grace to the stalwart bounty hunter.
So there you have it, Samus in her new duds. This will be available for purchase in my store shortly, so look for that next week. Also, if you’re coming out to Fan Expo 2014, I’ll be selling prints of it there as well.
Be on the lookout for my next variation on Samus where I tackle a redesign of the Varia Suit!
Thanks for coming by and see you next mission.