Though I was unfamiliar with the Chibi Project, I had a good idea what to expect: destruction. Which works for me. There is a simple, cathartic joy to be gained from harmless destruction. Anyone who ever played a game of SimCity (the old, proper ones, not the new, awful one) knows this very well. Building a great city is fun. Saving that city and then spamming every disaster available is even more fun. That’s the premise behind the Chibi Project. Take an anime toy, preferably something cute, and destroy it in spectacular fashion.
During the panel, the hosts of the Chibi Project espoused two truisms: the evilness of a toy is directly proportional to how difficult it is to kill, and that Derek Jeter, when hit with a baseball bat, poops money. After this panel, they can add another one to that list: bring the right tools. They hosts attempted to start by destroying a noisy Beyblade top with a SlapChop. The Beyblade won. They then attempted to destroy a small figurine of a character from Slam Dunk with the SlapChop. The SlapChop broke and the blades were bent sideways. Not a good start.
Next, out came the soldering iron, to properly destroy the Slam Dunk figurine. Somehow, the soldering iron got bent. While all this was happening, the Beyblade was sitting on the desk spouting battle noises, almost as if to mock the hosts. If the evil of a toy is really proportional to how hard it is to destroy, then that Beyblade is pure, vile evil turned noisy plastic. Therefore it was thrown into the audience. In the end, destruction did happen, as the soldering iron made smoldering melted plastic out of both the Slam Dunk figurine and a windup toy of Boo from Foster’s Home. Still, for the promise of destruction, it was a bit underwhelming.
That said, I will be checking the website of the Chibi Project for future episodes. One of the audience members donated a toy for future destruction: a doll of Edward from the Twilight series. And if their truism about a toy’s evil being proportional to how difficult it is to kill is true, I expect that doll to take quite a lot of killing. Can’t wait.
Also, as is obligatory whenever the SlapChop is mentioned, it’s dance time.