Posted by baykiddead September 14, 2011

Our good friend, and fellow paper toy fiend, Merrci has produced yet another crazy-fun and totally original paper toy. Where he gets it from, I don't know, but I hope he continues going back for more. One of the things I really like about this toy, and his previous one, is the hypothetical and very autobiographical nature of the design. The "what if..?" is such a great theme to explore and in my opinion, doesn't happen enough. Sure there are many fantastically hypothesized ideas out there, but very few of them are applied inward.

A lot of artists ask the question, "what happens if I paint it red, or apply a certain theme," but not too many are asking, "what would happen if my arm was replaced with a steam shovel?" The answer to that particular question is the one Merrci deals with here, to fantastic results. I like the steampunk flavor, but even more so I like how restrained he was with it. Thankfully, this isn't a toy that relies on that theme. The execution of the idea, the textures, and the not-so-subtle homage to boxpunk all make for a toy I can't wait to build and add to my collection.


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