February 26, 2008
by: jovial_cynic
Many of my welded figurines are humans, engaging in various human activities, such as riding a toboggan, carrying an AK-47, pulling a llama, etc., etc. Generally, I'm able to pose the figurines as I create them -- they're not so complex that they require any planning.

Sometimes, I get requests for figurines doing more elaborate things. For instance, I just got an order for another King Cthulhu figurine with "legs crouching just a bit like he's about to leap up at you." At 10 inches tall with a 10-inch wingspan, I can't just bend pieces into place to make it work.

I hunted around on eBay and found this fantastic thing:

It's a 12-inch fully articulated posable figurine. I just purchased the male figurine -- I don't need two of them, and since my figures are generally androgynous, having a slender (read: more fragile) female figurine would be unnecessary. They do look cool together, though.


This male manikin is anatomically proportioned and has over 30 points of articulation, allowing it to display nearly the full range of human movement. The neutral gray plastic body is durable and will not distract the eye when sketching.

Both male and female heads have generic facial features, and the hands are crafted with distinctive, expressive fingers to aid with detailed drawing studies. The fingers, however, are not moveable. The legs are able to move sideways and can be placed in a squat position. The head of this male manikin pivots at the shoulder blades. The body has true human proportions in 1/6 scale. Stands 12" high and includes a display stand.

Fun. I should have little difficulty creating more complex figures with this thing around.
np category: welding


Kymm said:
It's cool...but it might creep me out if it's in the same room that Caleb and I have to sleep in when we come visit ;)!
February 27, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
It's only a foot tall. :)
February 27, 2008

The Conservative Manifesto said:
Automated Killer Robots

Horror of horrors?


February 27, 2008

Max Hyland said:
SO yeah; We've had the ants at the school for a few months now even right?

I just saw the queen for the first time yesterday. She's gigantic! four workers could fit inside her abdomen. She walked over the top of a group of workers and her bottom didn't even brush their antennas.

February 28, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
TCM - haha... seriously.

Max - awesome. How do the kids like the setup? What are you feeding the ants? What is their habitat like now?

February 28, 2008

Max Hyland said:
The director keeps rearranging the room, so right this second only one side of the habitat is open to see, but I've lined it up so the most active part of the colony is visible.
They're eating a just crickets right now, they eat intermitantly but sometimes go five or more days without even touching food, and then eat four or more crickets in a day. Since their "farm" got some sun in the last few days they've been waking up so to speak, they've dug more, and laid more eggs and eaten more food in the last week than the entire rest of the time we've had them combined.

February 29, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
Well, fantastic. I'm quite glad about it.

If they're getting sun, make sure they get enough water somehow. Dehydration will kill an entire colony in a day if you're not careful.

February 29, 2008

Max Hyland said:
I've been using the damp paper towel method. So far so good.
March 02, 2008

DOOM said:
What an odd looking... figurine.
August 27, 2008

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