I am a huge, HUGE Digimon fan. Yes, you read that right. It was on television when I was but a wee lass and it holds a very special place in my heart along side Pokemon and Sailor Moon. 2014 was the 15th Anniversary of the first season, Digimon Adventure. There have been a lot of things happening in celebration, one of which was the announcement of a BRAND NEW series based on the high school days of the original characters, Digimon Adventure Tri.
My nine year old self is screaming! SCREAMING!
With all the renewed hype about Digimon I dug out all my old Digivices for nostalgia’s sake. Most of them still work too! Kari/Hikari has always been my favorite character, probably because of her digimon Gatomon/Tailmon (she’s a cat), and I always wanted her digivice when I was a kid. I searched high and low for a pink digivice and my mother even joined the hunt but to no avail. I’m not even sure that a Kari digivice existed then, or even now. When I was nine it never occurred to me to take apart the one I already owned and paint it myself (I probably would have ruined it anyway) so now that I’m grown I decided to just do it!
The one I have was purple, which if I remember wasn’t even a color in the show, so I didn’t feel bad about painting over it. It’s from the second season Digimon Adventure 02.
Getting this thing apart was no easy task. It really fought me! I stripped two screws and accidentally disconnected the sound wires in the process (oops), but eventually got it to a place where it could be spray painted.
I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x spray paint in Candy Pink and Gloss Black. It worked pretty well, though I didn’t let it cure long enough the first time around and had to do a touch up coat on the back piece after letting it sit on a table for a few hours. I tend to get over excited when things are going well and proceed too quickly haha. You can’t see it very well in this picture but the two buttons that I painted black are on either side of the antenna. They are stuck to piece of masking tape so they wouldn’t blow away while I was painting them.
There were a few scratches on the screen that I tried to buff out some with a little toothpaste (thanks internet.) It didn’t get rid of them completely but it definitely helped. You can really only see the scratches if you angle it in the light in a certain way and I was afraid to use anything more abrasive and make it worse, so I took what I could get with the toothpaste. I figure Kari’s digivice would be a little beat up after adventuring all over the Digital World anyway.
I let all the pieces cure for about 5 days (lesson learned!) before I reassembled the entire thing.
Overall I’m one very pleased digidestined! And I didn’t ruin it! It still works! My nine year old dreams have come true at last! I’ll have to get back in there someday and fix the sound wires but at the moment I don’t own a soldering iron or conductive glue. I used some electrical tape to protect the wires for now.
I’m also painting my season 1 digivice but it is giving me A LOT more trouble than this one did so its taking a bit more time. Stay tuned for a post about that one too!
Digimon belongs to Akiyoshi Hongo and Toei Animation