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The first stage in the life cycle of the Metroid after emerging from its egg. Ravenously hungry, the Metroid hatchling floats about in search of prey, draining the energy of any living creature it happens upon (with one exception, as detailed below), leaving behind an empty shell that crumbles to dust when disturbed. The energy transferring capabilities of the Metroid have enormous scientific potential, but attempts to use, or abuse, that power have had disastrous consequences thus far. Hatchlings are impervious to most conventional weapons unless they are frozen, at which time their tough shells crystallize and can be fractured with explosives. Hatchlings have been known to imprint the first living thing they see when they emerge from their eggs as their "mother"--regardless of the type of organism; they will not feed on this maternal figure and will even act to protect it, should the need arise. Metroids are indigenous to the planet SR388.

Cardboard, white paper, colored paper, white glue, hot glue, transparent plastic from a candy package, and paint.

3.5 cm/1.4 in. x 4.1 cm/1.6 in. (highest point x widest point)

Unknown; this figure's creation occured before I started keeping thorough records of my work (which means it was made sometime prior to May 30, 2004).

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