It’s not often that we see a single person be such a gleaming of example of the maker spirit, and even rarer to see such bizarre and lovely creations to issue forth from it.
Michael Sng, who hails from Singapore, created a company called Machination Studio. What sets Sng apart from the average Joe with a startup is what he aims to produce. In a Youtube video introducing Codename Colossus, he discusses how he had taught himself 3D modelling, programming and circuitry so he could create what he calls the ultimate toy.
In a reality where World War 2 was fought with shambling monoliths decked out in rusted army green and bristling with more guns than a Borderlands game, this is where Codename Colossus would live. Billed as a “fully 3D printed electronic and mechanical toy”, the “toy” is made of more than four hundred individually printed parts which are then hand painted and assembled. And this isn’t just a pretty shell, there is also a detailed inner body which comes with little characters to give your machine some spirit.
If your appetite is sufficiently whetted, you are probably asking where you can pick one up. As is the case with almost all of these bespoke playthings, the answer is never as simple. While you can preorder a unit through the Machination Studio site, it doesn’t have a price at the time of this writing. However, Sng has promised that each subsequent unit made will be cheaper than the last. Michael is also looking for more companies and individuals to work with to expedite the production of the complicated toy.
While we’re marvelling at this creation, let’s talk about “diesel punk”. The grungy brother of steam punk, diesel punk’s aesthetic sensibilities stem from the retro-futurism of the time of World War 2 and ending around the 50’s. Think bulky machinery with pinup girls painted on the sides and a lot of atomic era ideology. This unique style is probably best explored in the Fallout game series.[Source – Toyland]