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SDCC 2015: Gary Ham photo
SDCC 2015: Gary Ham

SDCC 2015: Gary Ham


Jul 13
// Brian Szabelski
If you couldn't get to SDCC to see Gary Ham's new creations, don't worry: he also posted a photo of the trio on his Instagram for you. One of the three is actually vinyl -- the Find Your Ohana variant of his Wooper Looper, co...
Huxley photo
Huxley

Huxley emerges from the Wood Candy Workshop


Up for sale Tuesday morning
Mar 30
// Brian Szabelski
Cameron Tiede's Wood Candy Workshop debuted at last year's DesignerCon, and a new friend has just emerged from the workshop bench. Meet Huxley, a handmade wooden creation standing 5.5 inches from the top of his ears to the ti...
Wood Candy Workshop photo
Wood Candy Workshop

Wood Candy Workshop's Scrambled Wood debuting at DCon


New project from Cameron Tiede
Oct 27
// Brian Szabelski
Cameron Tiede has an interesting new project by the name of Wood Candy Workshop, and no surprise, he's got some new wooden collectibles. The first batch of Scrambled Wood figures are here, and the 3-inch-tall pieces have a fe...

Groot chainsaw carving photo
Groot chainsaw carving

I am Groot and you can too by watching this video


They say she carved it from a larger piece of wood
Oct 09
// Tianxiao Ma
This isn't so much a collectible as it is a unique art piece, but why should that stop anyone from lusting after it? What you're looking at is a wood carving of Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, made by artist Griffon Ramse...
Fo' Chisel photo
Fo' Chisel

Nicky Lewis' wooden DIY figure is Fo' Chisel


A new kid on the DIY block
Aug 18
// Brian Szabelski
Fo' Chisel, a wooden and resin DIY figure from by UK-based designer Nicky Lewis, has just been released to the public for purchase. The 6-inch figure design's pretty simple: a cube-shaped head, along with a round body an...
Wooden Gundam photo
Wooden Gundam

Grandfather builds giant Gundam out of wood


Grandchildren may not care, but we sure do!
Mar 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Once again a guy in Japan proves just how cool old people are. Wanting to craft something that would impress his grandchildren, 66-year-old Kenichi Okada built this huge version of Zeta Gundam that stands two meters tall (6.5...
DCon 2013: Ink It Labs photo
DCon 2013: Ink It Labs

DesignerCon 2013: Ink It Labs


Wooden (designer) toys for girls and boys
Nov 13
// Brian Szabelski
The folks at Ink It Labs brought plenty of wooden collectibles with them to DesignerCon 2013. Those included Scott Tolleson's Lil Rufus, the S.S. Meow Meow from Crowded Teeth, Onorio D'Epiro's Flower Eater, and-&nbs...
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DesignerCon

DesignerCon 2013: Andrew Bell and Gary Ham


Wooper Loopers, Androids, and more
Nov 11
// Vanessa Cubillo
For this event, Andrew Bell shared a table with Gary Ham at booth #703. Andrew Bell showed some new stuff like his Dealmaker “Blueblood” edition with MPHlabs. He also brought along some older stuff like Groobs, Z...
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Scott Tolleson's Rufus will be an exclusive at the event
According to one of Scott Tolleson's Instagram posts, a legend speaks of the first infected zombie, a boy named Rufus. In honor of the tragic lad, Scott has partnered up with Ink It Labs to create a unique wooden toy tha...

DCon: Carson Catlin photo
DCon: Carson Catlin

Owls and more round off Carson Catlin's DCon wares


Jealousy!
Nov 07
// Kristina Pino
Following the reveal of his badass mofo custom for DesignerCon, Carson Catlin has sent along photos and information regarding the rest of what he's showing at the event. Check out the gallery for images of five micro reticula...
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Custom Made Monday: Cuddly zombies and bunnies


Wooden toys, cross stitch, and custom plush dolls
Oct 14
// Vanessa Cubillo
Monday already? This weekend was pretty big! New York Comic Con, the release of Pokemon X/Y, and the new season of The Walking Dead premiered. All good things, especially if you're into all three. Now after such an awes...
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Myplasticheart will have some great limited edition art toys as their exclusives
Myplasticheart has so far announced two exclusives for New York Comic Con. The first exclusive comes from Japanese artist, Yoskay Yamamoto. Yamamoto has partnered with Mighty Jaxx to turn one of his creations into a great fi...

The Forest Speaks photo
The Forest Speaks

The Forest Speaks to Yosiell Lorenzo and his new releases


More Sicklings and other creatures coming to his shop Friday
Jun 19
// Brian Szabelski
Yosiell Lorenzo has a new series of releases coming Friday called The Forest Speaks, and it's a pretty variable little bunch. They include all the following, releasing in Yosiell's shop at 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern...
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Prepare for cute carved robots from Loulou


Follow Loulou's journey as he creates an army of wooden robots
Jun 10
// Vanessa Cubillo
In this vinyl world, I love coming across toys made from wood. These beautifully crafted wooden toys are from Loulou of Loulou and Tummie. Called Winsome Woodbots, some of these robots are craved into cute depictions of mode...
Mighty Jaxx's Sideways photo
Mighty Jaxx's Sideways

Yoskay Yamamoto and Mighty Jaxx go Sideways


Pre-order begins tonight for new resin, wood figure
Jun 05
// Brian Szabelski
I've been wondering what Yoskay Yamamoto has been up to for a while, since we haven't heard much from him, but now we know what he's been up to: a collaborative piece with Mighty Jaxx he's calling Sideways. The 4-inch-by-7-in...
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The Triplets of Clutterville arrive May 11


New works from Gary Ham, Squink! and Haus of Boz
May 08
// Brian Szabelski
Clutter's next show is a triple-team of total terror ... okay, not really. The Triplets of Clutterville is a three-person show featuring work from Haus of Boz, Squink!, and Gary Ham, three artists who aren't at all known for ...
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How much wood could a wooden Chopper chop...


...if Bullmark's new wooden Chopper figure could chop wood?
May 04
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
If you've read my review of the Cobbanii wooden desk and chair set then you know I'm a big fan of figures and the like made of wood. So it should be no surprise that I'm really excited to see Bullmark has taken up the ta...

Tomopop Interview: Renegadecow

Apr 21 // Rio McCarthy
Q. When did you become a fan of My Little Pony?  A. Around over a year and a half now, started watching towards the end of 2011. Q. Which character were you most excited to work on?  A. That would be Rarity. I'm a big, no, huge Rarity fan and I made that one for a trade with a Rarity plush by WhiteHeather. Ecstatic would be a better way to describe it. Q. Which has been your favorite so far?  A. Funny you should ask, as much as I like Rarity a lot, I find myself liking whichever pony automaton I'm currently working on the most. Haven't really figured out yet as to why.  Q. Who is next on your list?/Who do you still want to make the most?  A. Other than the ones I'll be donating for Cutie Mark Convention's charity auction (which is still a surprise as to what), I already have a lovely design of Derpy sketched out in my head. Q. What is the process you go through to create the automatons? (Is that the correct name you would like them called?)  A. Automata/automatons = tomayto/tomahto. Same banana. As for the process, it starts with a sketch in my head which is then put down roughly on paper. Once I've worked out the mechanical functions I commit them on proper, 1:1, detailed drawings which also serve as a guide. I make the box first, then all the gears and mechanisms, followed by the figures and finally the operating rods/wires. Q. How many parts does the average sculpture have?  A. I hadn't really thought of counting them before, but the current one (Pinkie Pie) has 96 with the bulk of it being pins, rods, and joints. Q. How difficult is it for you to have the pieces move properly as a whole? A. I get the most difficulty after the pieces have been painted as there's no going back should something turn out wrong. Often times the surfaces bind from the relatively rough protective lacquer coat and require polishing or a bit of lubrication. Q. How long do the pieces normally take to create? A. Ideally, I can finish them in three weeks. But more often than not it takes much longer than that by an extra couple from taking breaks. For time spent, it's between 110-160 hours on average. Q. How long have you been creating automatons in general? A. I really did just start making automatons just a little over a year ago with Rainbow Dash. I always had the fascination and intent in making them in the past, but before being a fan of MLP:FIM, I didn't really have a subject that motivated me enough to actually go through with it. Q. I've seen your screen printed Rarity shirt (and absolutely LOVE it!) What other arts/crafts do you do? A. I used to make theatrical props/costumes professionally and the occasional weapon replica (airsoft) as a hobby/business from time to time. I also do leathercraft when I'm in the mood and I used to be heavy into knitting, but I haven't really picked up my needles for a long time now. Q. Do you sell your work online? A. Only the automatons, yes, and on eBay. After making Pinkie Pie, though, I'm likely to start taking on personal commissions. Q. Do you have a website other than your deviantART? A. None really, but it's something I keep being told about and should really tackle one of these days... one of these days. Using "not being techno savvy" as an excuse only works for so long. Q. What name would you like to be known by? A. Chucky's my real nick or when I'm in a manly-man mood, Carlos (my first name). Gets cheesy easily though if you roll the Rs too much. Renegadecow works too, and is likely more known as it's the pseudonym I use on the net. Q. If there were one dream project you could do, what would it be? A. Haha! Other than the impossible automaton I've been planning to build for Lauren Faust? I do have a deep desire to make an automaton of Howl's Moving Castle especially since its the film's 10th anniversary this coming 2014. As to whether or not Hayao Miyazaki accepts fan art, I have still yet to find out. Q. And the most important question, who is best pony? ;D A. AMALTHEA IS BEST PONY! And there you have it, folks! A huge thank you to renegadecow for taking the time to answer my questions and have some fun with them. Also, that Last Unicorn reference? Priceless! Totally made my day. Be sure to check out the entire gallery of his work on his deviantART page, as well as his YouTube page for more videos, and let's hope to one day see the impossible with that Lauren Faust piece! Maybe one day I'll be lucky enough to commission him for a Rarity automaton of my own since I've drooled over the one he previously made over and over. Keep your eyes out, because I can imagine that Pinkie Pie piece he's working on will be just as incredible as the rest!
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The creator of the amazing My Little Pony automatons joins us!
Carlos, better known as renegadecow, is the creator of some of my favorite pieces of My Little Pony artwork that I have seen in recent years. These automaton creations are so incredibly creative, and so well executed, that I ...

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Cavey vinyl show teasers pop up online


Gary Ham, RunDMB, Leecifer and more!
Apr 15
// Brian Szabelski
The Cavey Instagram account has been busy posting teasers for the upcoming Cavey Vinyl Show in May. So far, there's a few teasers from some familiar artists, like Gary Ham and his little wooden Cavey car/arch combo. Or RunDMB...

Tomopop Review: Cobbanii's 1/12 wooden desk and chair

Apr 15 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Figure Name: 1/12-scale wooden desk and chairFigure Maker: CobbaniiRetail Price: ¥1,200Available at: HobbyLink Japan So this review is going to serve a dual purpose of not just exploring this set, but also as a beginner's guide to building this. I've never built on of these before, so it's foreign territory for me as well. I've always wondered just how these were designed and built and saw it as a golden opportunity. I would imagine anything I've learned here will carry over to any of Cobbanii's sets. This is how it looks in the package. It's a pretty simple, nondescript plastic bag that contains everything. I was surprised to find there was actually a pair of desks and chairs in there. Good deal. Of course, this is also where things start to get intimidating.  There's four basic components here: thick pieces, thin pieces, the desk top, and that thing in the middle is a template. The template probably has a better name in Japanese, but I don't know what that is so we'll just go with calling it a template. It's made of very thick, rigid paper and not only does it make sure you're putting the right pieces in the right spot, but also has enough strength to hold them together. That last part is key because this is by no means snap model. Despite what it says on some sites, this kit does require glue to assemble. Super glue works just fine, but make sure it works on wood. They all don't, and liquid is probably a better choice than gel.  Instructions are much more simple than you'll find with any plastic kit. If you can't read Japanese, then that's fine. Like with plastic models, the images are really all you need. It's not entirely without problems. For example, one of the desk legs is shown with the holes for the cross sections at the bottom rather than the top. Unlike with plastic kits, the numbers are on the sheet rather than the pieces, so plan on doing a lot of comparing along the way.  From a distance, it might look like these are just sheets of wood with black outlines to show where to cut, but fear not; these are all pre-cut. I'm guessing a plasma cutter is used to precisely cut out the pieces. A burn smell still lingers on the pieces which I find pleasant, but more importantly the burns give an appealing depth to the pieces. The little triangles indicate the one tiny little spot that wasn't cut out to keep it on the sheet. We're going to start with the chair because it has fewer parts. I should point out now that if you want to stain this a different color, you'll want to do it now since the glue is going to get a little messy and you won't be able to stain over the glue. And believe me, you'll want to make sure you're working on a surface that you don't mind getting glue on because you will. In this image, you can see the template in action. As I mentioned before, it's not just positioning the parts right, but it's also putting some pressure on them to hold them together. I'm really amazed by how well the pieces go together. I've assembled my fair share of plastic models that aren't this precise. The little nubs from where the pieces come off the sheet can be troublesome so always remember to remove those.  If you've done everything right, then the parts should come together looking like this. The only thing holding that together is glue, so make absolutely sure it has dried before handling. Chances are you'll find you didn't use enough glue when you pull it out of the template, so be prepared to re-glue often.  Once you've done this for both sides, it's simple to apply some glue to the cross-sections and insert them. Make sure they go all the way through; they should stick out the other side just a bit.  Next, the supports for the seat portion are added. This is where I'm once again impressed by the precision engineering as they fit in place perfectly, neither too big nor too small. You probably don't even need to glue them in place, but they probably should be.  Finally, it's just a matter of adding the two seat pieces and there you have it, a completed 1/12-scale student chair. Not the most comfortable looking thing in the world, but for many people like myself who grew up with wooden chairs in school like this, it's a familiar sight. Like I mentioned before, the burn marks from the cutting process does a lot for the look. I really don't think staining is needed.  Time to move on to the desk. For the most part, the desk goes together the same way as the chair, so we'll just touch on the bigger points for this part. One thing you have to keep in mind when assembling the desk is that unlike the chair the desk has an inside and outside. The key here is to make sure you swap the position of the two legs so that they line up properly when you put them together.  This is probably the easiest part because it's just a matter of taking the three cross supports and sticking the two ends together.  This, however, is the most frustrating part of the build, the bottom of the desk. There's no support for it or grooves to hold it in place so you need to eyeball it to get it in there right. But once again, to their credit, the engineering is amazing and the fit is very precise. It's actually held in place simply from the pressure of the surrounding sides, no glue required. Unfortunately, in the process of trying to move it into place you'll likely end up with something unglued. Yeah, not fun at all. And since it's a thin piece there's a lot of fear of the part just folding in half on you. Took a ridiculous amount of effort, but I managed to get it just right. Also remember that there's a front and back, but they were nice enough to put a tiny "f" on one end. Scratch that, this might be the easiest part of the desk, the top. Just put a little glue on the tiny squares and put the desk upside down on it. There, done.  And that's it; two or three hours later and you've got yourself a pair of desks and chairs. When you look at them like this it's hard to believe they're only being held together by glue. I find it easy to look at the pictures and forget they're not the real thing held together by screws and nails. They're pretty sturdy and can take a little abuse if you've used the right glue, while at the same time being feather light. But now that you've got them is there anything you can actually do with them? That depends on what you want to do with them. If you're hoping to use them with your figma then you're probably going to be out of luck. Even the fairly petite figure like Nagato here towers over the set. Being 1/12-scale means they're designed to be in scale with a 6-inch male figure, assuming they represent a 6-foot-tall person. That means a student using this would be considerably smaller than that. At over 5 inches, Nagato is much larger than 1/12-scale and therefore too large for the set. However! For a middle school or elementary student-sized figma, the fit isn't bad. The hardest part is getting the legs underneath, but a lot of the trouble in that comes from figma having issues with sitting well in the first place. In reality, these are probably best used for scenery and not as functional desks. That aside, wooden desks went out of style with the Sh˘wa period, as modern Heisei period desks are made of metal and plastic. If you truly want a desk set to fit with you figma, then go plastic.  That's not so say you can't have fun with them at all. You just need to be a little creative.  [Thanks as always to HobbyLink Japan for providing the review sample!]
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Yeah, that's right, wood.
Plastic is over rated. No, really, it's good at a lot of things, but no matter what you do with it it's still plastic. Sure, it can be sculpted and detailed using every trick known to make it look like wood, but you don't get...

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TADO introduces us to Panda Otaku


Handcarved wooden characters to debut at ToyCon UK
Mar 27
// Brian Szabelski
The duo known as TADO won't just be at ToyCon UK: they're bringing a brand new figure serieswith them, Panda Otaku. Mike and Katie's character from the series, whose name is Jerry, has been carved into wood by British artist ...
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Amanda Visell's wooden idols impress


Resisting the urge to drop a wood joke here.
Mar 21
// Pedro Cortes
Beyond my punny antics, you really should check out these wonderful wooden idols. Hand-sculpted and casted, Amanda Visell's catalog of custom works are absolutely delightful.She's got everything from video game char...
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Kuso Vinyl's latest brings luck ... and a touch of wood


New Luckitty Pon and wooden keychains, pendant in stock
Mar 07
// Brian Szabelski
A new release from Kuso Vinyl has arrived: the Black Japan colorway of little Luckitty Pon. Priced at US$10.95 and limited to 300 pieces, it's got the same Rotobox-designed look, just with a kuroneko touch to it. It's also a ...
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Hang around with Yosiell Lorenzo's Secret Keepers


Newest Sickling-themed piece available in his shop
Mar 01
// Brian Szabelski
We've gotten some news from Yosiell Lorenzo about his newest Sicklings piece, the Sicklings Secret Keepers. Instead of being a small figure, these are 3-inch-by-5-inch Sickling resin faces mounted on a wooden plaque, painted ...
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Gary Ham's Whoogle Android APs on sale this week


16 will come with trees for your owl robot friend
Feb 18
// Brian Szabelski
This Friday, Feb. 22, Gary Ham is releasing the artist proof of his Whoogle the Owl Android from the Android Series 3 set. Consisting of 32 Whoogles, each one comes signed and numbered, but 16 of them are special. Why? Becaus...
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Bewitching II, Dead Wood opening this Friday


Dual opening at Stranger Factory
Oct 03
// Brian Szabelski
Stranger Factory (109 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, N.M.) has a double feature on Friday! Two shows opening at the same time (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mountain), more precisely, and that starts with Bewitching II, the annual Ha...
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All glory to Kidrobot's next batch releases


Aug 03
// Brian Szabelski
It's here: after a debut at San Diego Comic Con, Kidrobot's Hypnotoad has arrived and is awaiting your praise. The 4.5-inch Hypnotoad is the latest Futurama designer toy from Kidrobot and by far my favorite, especially w...
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Tiger Girl Jibibuts will be at Martin Hsu's SDCC booth


Jul 08
// Natalie Kipper
Noferin's Jibibuts will have an attendance at Martin Hsu's booth at this week's Comic Con (booth #5015). Martin was one of 12 artists who contributed to artwork decorating the wooden toy line. His entry, Tiger Girl, will be a...
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Pepe Hiller's Beechblocks drop tomorrow


Jul 04
// Natalie Kipper
Pepe Hiller's latest creation, the Beechblocks, are adorable, peace-loving wood folk. And starting tomorrow, they will be looking for new homes. They remind me of some of the fairies I have seen in picture books, only more sm...
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Chris Ryniak's Bugglestump Forest to debut at SDCC


Jul 02
// Natalie Kipper
It seems that Chris Ryniak will be bringing the forest to San Diego Comic Con. The Bugglestump Forest, that is. In this collaborative project with Ink It Labs, Chris's adorable art style is translated into a 2D yet 3D form. T...
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Laura and Eric, the duo better known as 64Colors, have revealed a little teaser picture, which shows off something very cool: wooden Gumdrops! The wooden Gumdrops appear to stand 4 inches tall, which keeps them in scale with ...

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Kidrobot, Nathan Jurevicius' Misko releasing next week


May 18
// Brian Szabelski
Kidrobot's mostly known for their vinyl figures, but now, they're ready to launch off into the world of wooden toys with their first wood series: Nathan Jurevicius' Misko. And not surprisingly, Nathan's mini series is a bunch...
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Next round of Lunabee and Pepe Hiller's Woodbees incoming


May 14
// Natalie Kipper
You may remember the Woodbees from our interview with Pepe Hiller. These cuties are a wooden toy collaboration between Pepe and Lunabee. The first set was recently released and has already sold out. B...
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The Playsam 500 show at Super7 has come and gone, but there's one piece in particular that has really caught my eye. Andrew Bell's says he couldn't stand to cover up the original wooden grain of the Playsam Streamliner, so he...

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Squink!, Buff Monster Jibibuts APs hitting their stores


May 10
// Brian Szabelski
The recently announced Jibibuts Artist Series has just come into stock, and as a result, some artists are starting to release their artist proofs on their websites. Today, we got word on the releases for both Squink! and...
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Art Too Cute for Words opens Saturday in Los Angeles


May 07
// Brian Szabelski
Do you like cute things? If not, then turn away from this post, because it's about a show opening Saturday called Art Too Cute for Words, featuring the Supahcute Dream Team. Curated by, well, Supahcute, the show features...
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Noferin announces Jibibuts Aritst Collection


May 02
// Brian Szabelski
Over the last week or so on their Facebook page, Noferin have been releasing teasers of the artists in their upcoming Jibibuts Artist Series. The blind-boxed wood toy series will feature 12 artists painting Noferin's wooden J...
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Irish artist Mick Minogue is one of the many folks participating in this weekend's Memes show at Gallery1988 Melrose in Los Angeles. As one of his two pieces for the show, he's decided to make a wooden toy of a familiar face:...

The Playsam 500 races into Super7 on April 28

Apr 18 // Brian Szabelski
J*RYU's EMO500i (via SpankyStokes) Matthew Langille's streched out Streamliner VISEone's custom Streamliner in his "Tube" style (via Facebook) Paul Kaiju's custom Streamliner (via Facebook) Skinner's custom Streamliner (via Facebook) Frank Mysterio's custom Streamliner (via Facebook) Dave Pressler's When I Drive I Dream (via Facebook) Bill "Betso" Betsovic's One Arm Wonder (via Flickr) Jeremiah Ketner's custom Streamliner (via Instagram) Motorobot's WIP Streamliner (via SpankyStokes) TaskOne's Cheddar (via toysrevil) Reactor88's Totem Car (via toycutter) Josh Mayhem's WIP Streamliner Plaseebo's Skullwagon
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On Saturday, April 28, the streets of San Francisco will turn into a race track as Super7 plays host to the Playsam 500! The custom show features 59 different artists customizing Playsam Streamliner wooden cars for charity.&n...

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Takegi Nakagawa's Take-G Robots are wooden, amazing


Apr 06
// Brian Szabelski
As many of you know, I love robots in all their shapes and forms. That was enough to catch my interest when I saw Takegi Nakagawa's Take-G robots, which started being made several years ago, but the craftsmanship on these is ...

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