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Turn Boring Vegetables into Spaceships and Racecars with Le FabShop’s 3D-Printable ‘Open Toys’

Turn Boring Vegetables into Spaceships and Racecars with Le FabShops 3D Printable Open Toys toys food 3d printing

Turn Boring Vegetables into Spaceships and Racecars with Le FabShops 3D Printable Open Toys toys food 3d printing

Turn Boring Vegetables into Spaceships and Racecars with Le FabShops 3D Printable Open Toys toys food 3d printing

Turn Boring Vegetables into Spaceships and Racecars with Le FabShops 3D Printable Open Toys toys food 3d printing

Turn Boring Vegetables into Spaceships and Racecars with Le FabShops 3D Printable Open Toys toys food 3d printing

Turn Boring Vegetables into Spaceships and Racecars with Le FabShops 3D Printable Open Toys toys food 3d printing

If you’re interested in advanced techniques for playing with your food, the team at le FabShop just released a series of 14 components you can download, print, and attach to your favorite vegetable, effectively transforming turnips into helicopters and eggplants into submarines. A sort of DIY Mr. Potato Head for the 3d-printing generation. The free accessories are called Open Toys, and all 14 components can be downloaded here. If you’re looking for more 3D printed toys just in time for the holidays, check out this list from Cults. (via NOTCOT)

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Yoga Joes: Plastic Green Soldiers Practicing Yoga

Yoga Joes: Plastic Green Soldiers Practicing Yoga yoga toys humor armed forces

Yoga Joes: Plastic Green Soldiers Practicing Yoga yoga toys humor armed forces

Yoga Joes: Plastic Green Soldiers Practicing Yoga yoga toys humor armed forces

Yoga Joes: Plastic Green Soldiers Practicing Yoga yoga toys humor armed forces

We’ve seen plenty of modern takes on classic green army guys as of late, from skateboarders and surfers over at Toy Boarders, to an array of plastic breakdancing people. Yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson now joins the fray with Yoga Joes, a collection of green army figures doing popular yoga poses like the warrior, cobra, and downward-facing dog. The project is currently funding on Kickstarter and sets should ship in time for Christmas. Hurry, there’s only 4 days left. (via FastCo, My Modern Met)

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Toy Mammals and Dinosaurs Burdened with Miniature Civilizations by Maico Akiba

Toy Mammals and Dinosaurs Burdened with Miniature Civilizations by Maico Akiba toys sculpture miniature dioramas

Toy Mammals and Dinosaurs Burdened with Miniature Civilizations by Maico Akiba toys sculpture miniature dioramas

Toy Mammals and Dinosaurs Burdened with Miniature Civilizations by Maico Akiba toys sculpture miniature dioramas

Toy Mammals and Dinosaurs Burdened with Miniature Civilizations by Maico Akiba toys sculpture miniature dioramas

Toy Mammals and Dinosaurs Burdened with Miniature Civilizations by Maico Akiba toys sculpture miniature dioramas

Toy Mammals and Dinosaurs Burdened with Miniature Civilizations by Maico Akiba toys sculpture miniature dioramas

Toy Mammals and Dinosaurs Burdened with Miniature Civilizations by Maico Akiba toys sculpture miniature dioramas

Toy Mammals and Dinosaurs Burdened with Miniature Civilizations by Maico Akiba toys sculpture miniature dioramas

Created by artist Maico Akiba, these lumbering toy mammals, dinosaurs, and reptiles carry the burden of miniature worlds that seem to have sprouted from their backs. Akiba uses model making materials commonly used for train sets to build each scene which appear post-apocalyptic in nature. Johnny at Spoon & Tamago keenly observes that, in a way, they resemble a reverse Noah’s Ark. The project is titled SEKAI (Japanese for “world”), and you can see more here. (via Spoon & Tamago)

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X-Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

Photographer Brendan Fitzpatrick whose floral x-rays we first featured back in 2012, just released three new collections of x-ray photos including toys, creatures, and a new set of flowers, as part of his Invisible Light series. The photos are created with the help of a standard x-ray machine, but are artificially colored to help distinguish different materials. Prints of almost all of the images are available through Behance.

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Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Jack-of-all-trades artist and designer Chris McVeigh creates these awesome minimalist Lego models of outmoded technology including TVs, video game consoles, as well as analog phones and cameras. Not only does he design and photograph them, but also makes them available as sets you can buy in his shop, or as instructions you can download freely on his site. He also turns many of his LEGO-themed illustrations and photos into prints which you can find on Society6. (via Stellar)

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Instagrammer Varun Thota Becomes an Instant Pilot with a Toy Plane and an iPhone

Instagrammer Varun Thota Becomes an Instant Pilot with a Toy Plane and an iPhone toys airplanes

Instagrammer Varun Thota Becomes an Instant Pilot with a Toy Plane and an iPhone toys airplanes

Instagrammer Varun Thota Becomes an Instant Pilot with a Toy Plane and an iPhone toys airplanes

Instagrammer Varun Thota Becomes an Instant Pilot with a Toy Plane and an iPhone toys airplanes

Instagrammer Varun Thota Becomes an Instant Pilot with a Toy Plane and an iPhone toys airplanes

Macau-based web designer and developer Varun Thota is the son of a helicopter and a devoted flight enthusiast. His childhood was filled with hours in front flight simulators and even today he carries a small Kinder egg airplane that he likes to photograph against dramatic backgrounds, as if a hand was reaching out of the sky controling each flight. It’s a simple enough idea, but wonderfully executed by Thota. You can see more over on his Instagram account. (via the Instagram Blog)

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Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting Tiny Toy, Chicken.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting
Tin Toy, Chicken. Watercolor & cotton swab.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting
Tin Toy, Chicken. Watercolor & cotton swab.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting
Tin Toy, Chicken. Fountain pen ink.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting
Walkman.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting
Walkman. Color pencil.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting
Windup Alarm Clock.

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art toys painting

As part of her MA work at the Design Academy Eindhoven, artist and graphic designer Echo Yang created a series titled Autonomous Machines where common analog devices like tin windup toys, a Walkman, an alarm clock and other machines were connected to writing and painting instruments. As each machine was set loose on a canvas its specialized motions were translated into brush strokes, paint blobs, and pencil marks resulting in self-generated artworks somewhat reminiscent of spirographs. While conceptual artists have long been recording the actions of machines, plants, wind and other moving objects to generate artwork, Yang’s painting wind-up chicken toy stands out as a superbly executed idea. It would be great to see a whole series of those. You can see many more painting vacuum cleaners, hand mixers and electric razors on her website. (via MOCO LOCO)

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