As you should be thoroughly aware by now, Media Molecule’s bubbly imaginbration (imagination + celebration) LittleBigPlanet 2 is now available for all PlayStation 3 owners looking to flex (or perhaps lightly stretch) every creative bone in their bodies. Chances are you’ve seen the First 15 playthrough, 10 of our favorite LBP2 mini-games, and our review, but now we want to introduce you to some of the quirky, bizarre, and unfairly loveable characters you’ll meet as you venture to rally “The Alliance” and save Craftworld from the diabolical vacuum of doom, the Negativatron.
So without further ado, say hello to the newest additions to the LBP universe!
Larry Da Vinci – Inspired by the artist and inventor of a similar name, this parchment-haired creator, and leader of “The Alliance,” serves as Sackboy’s mentor and guide throughout his epic quest to save Craftworld. Larry’s quick thinking and expertly constructed claw mechanism were responsible for saving Sackboy from the evil clutches of the Negativatron. Ensuring the Alliance’s success is Larry’s top priority…when he isn’t fawning over Victoria Von Bathesphere that is.
Victoria Von Bathysphere – This steampunk-ish beauty is responsible for creating some of the most delectable consumables in all of Craftworld. In addition to amassing a dessert producing empire, Victoria is also responsible for creating the helpless yet vitally important Sackbots upon whom the Alliance’s ultimate success relies.
Clive Handforth – Poor, poor Clive. As if having a notepad for a head weren’t depressing enough, Clive is forced to watch as his once glorious kingdom, aka The Factory of a Better Tomorrow (which at one time printed the “most accurate calendars in all the land” and, of course, built huge spaceships) becomes a twisted shell of itself under the evil rule of the Negativatron. His design is humorous enough, but it’s the Michael Palin/Monty Python-ish voice that makes Clive one of our favorites.
Avalon Centrifuge – This booming-voiced, orange-mustached, techno Elvis-y dude is all about futuristic gadgetry and lives on a crisp, clean sci-fi-inspired world known as Avalonia, which is filled with all manner of crazy creations, including a busted spacecraft that can only be repaired by the imprisoned and infected Dr. Higginbotham.
Eve Silva Paragorica - Before the Alliance is able to rescue Higginbotham though, they must help the fiery senorita Eve Silva Paragorica repel the Negativatron’s invading forces that are threatening to destroy Eve’s Asylum (i.e. where Higginbotham is currently being treated for the space crazies). Eve isn’t only eye catching because she wears an eye patch over a giant bite in her apple of a head (Apple. Eve. Get it?), but because…well, okay. That’s a huge part of her appeal.
Dr. Higginbotham – Why does the fate of the world always rest in the hands of some mad scientist who triumphantly comes to his sense mere moments before all of existence is wiped out? It might have something to do with the fact that these wiry-haired wackos, like Dr. Higginbotham, are simply mad, and therefore capable of imagining solutions that “sane” people would call “crazy” or “sure to doom us all.” The great doctor in this case manages to repair the Alliance’s Huge Spaceship and transport them to the Negativatron’s home base, the Cosmos. When in doubt, put all of your trust in the craziest, nerdiest person you can find, and you’ll be just fine.