Gypsy Rose "Me"

Have you cleaned your room, yet?

The fair and lovely Gypsy. The cycloptic matriarch of the SOL, she works behind the scenes running the higher functions of the ship.

The parts for Gypsy are fairly easy to acquire, but building her requires some skill. The Official Bot Building Guide from BBI is helpful, but some of the measurement don't seem right. I studied many pictures and episodes to get her dimensions as correct as possible.

Gypsy's head is made from a Century Infant Love Seat which is an old (and dangerous looking!) car seat from the early 80's. They aren't made any longer, but they must have been popular in their day because for a while they were quite easy to find. 10 years ago nearly every thrift shop I visited had one of these. Now they are much more difficult to find.
Century Infant Love Seat - (click to enlarge)
Seat Inner Liner - (click to enlarge)
The seat is made of two pieces of plastic, the inner seat part and the outer shell, which are riveted together on the sides. The inner liner of the seat is removed and trimmed to make the lower lip, which is hinged on a 3/4 inch PVC pipe painted black. A spring at the back of her mouth keeps her mouth closed and fishing line attached to a short piece of pipe is use to pull her mouth open.
An easy to find part is the Eveready Floating Lantern used for Gypsy's eye. These were really popular a while back, but aren't made any longer. I was able to buy them brand new up until 10 years ago when they changed the style. The plastic bezel around the lens in removed and is used as the mold to vac-u-form the shoulders for Tom Servo.
Eveready Floating Lantern - (click to enlarge)
Control Knob - (click to enlarge)
On Gypsy's back is a control knob made by vac-u-forming polystyrene over a water faucet knob and some 1/2 inch spheres. I've made a cast resin copy of this to made it easier to attach to her.
Gypsy's Umbilicus is made from 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe and angled fittings covered with 4 inch plastic drain tubing. This is connected to her head by a 4 inch closet flange (toilet drain) with an adapter. At the bottom are handles made from 3/4 pipe and fittings attached to the 1 1/2 pipe. I've added an AC adapter port to power Gypsy's eye. A three-way toggle switch is used to change from AC power to OFF or to battery power for portability.
Umbilicus - (click to enlarge)

Gypsy Parts

Below are the Gypsy parts I have available.

If you have any question about the parts or the ordering process feel free to contact me at parts@mst3kguy.com

Gypsy Replica - SOLD OUT
  • I am sold out of the Century Infant Car seats that are used for Gypsy's head. They have become incredibly impossible to find. I am working on some ways to make copies of the seat but because of it's size it will not be easy. If you are serious about owning a Gypsy I would suggest checking all your local thrift store and garage sale to see if you can get lucky and find one. Then build your own Gypsy or send the seat to me and I would make one for you. If you have any extra car seat contact me if you're interested in trading or selling it.
  • Gypsy Kit - (click to enlarge)
    Century Infant Love Set - SOLD OUT
  • I do not currently have any extra car seats for Gypsy that I can sell. The Century Infant Seat have become almost impossible to find. I am working on trying to cast the seat pieces so that I can offer them in the future, but for now your best bet is to search all your local antique and second hand stores. You may get lucky and find one.
  • Gypsy Seat - (click to enlarge)
    Eveready Floating Lantern - $35.00
  • I've accumulated a small stash of the vintage lanterns and also a couple of cases of brand new lanterns still in their boxes complete with bezels.
  • Eveready Floating Lantern - (click to enlarge)
    Rear Control Knob - $15.00
  • Cast resin replica of the black control knob which mounts in the center of Gypsy's back.
  • Control Knob - (click to enlarge)