I’ve covered quite a few impressive toy and action figure modification in all my days of blogging, like the Steampunk Star Wars action figures by Sillof or Spudnik by Saritamarianyc. There seems to be near limitless opportunity for creating awesome looking Steampunk inspired toys.
Today’s post features another Steampunk modified toy, this one of the Marvel Comics superhero, Iron Man created by Jonathan Kriscak and Packrat Studios.
Be sure to visit the blog post announcing it’s listing on Ebay to see a full collection of photographs of the action figure. Bidding on this figurine unfortunately closed a few days ago, and the piece wound up selling for an impressive $570 USD. To explore and bid on other Packrat Studios creations, be sure to visit their Ebay storefront.
For all of you with young Steampunks in the home, or for those (like me) who never really grew out of Legos and K’Nex, today’s post is indeed squee-worthy.
Hammacher Schlemmer has put out a Victorian Futurist’s Monorail, a 550 piece train set for your assembly and enjoyment. Putting it together would be fun in and of itself, but it comes with a length of track for it to go buzzing about on. This would be a very impressive addition around the walls of a Steampunk’s study. I imagine it chugging along across the tops of book shelves and cabinets.
The elevated track can run as long as 20 looping feet over a 25′ sq. area, with the included traction tape enabling cars to climb up to 30º grades. Predictably, batteries are not included.
You can order your set of the Victorian Futurist’s Monorail here.
The following post deals with sex and sexuality. If you are offended by these topics or under the age of 18, please skip this post. Consider yourself warned.
Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, I am very excited to introduce you all to a very special modification for Steampunk women everywhere, Lady Clankington’s Infernal Devices, by Lady Clankington’s Cabinet of Carnal Curiosities.
What appears to be your average cosplay raygun is in fact a clearly modded vibrator. Indeed! This handcrafted line of “Infernal Devices” based in Pennsylvania is the first ever line of Steampunk adult novelty items available for sale anywhere in the world.
Here’s a blurb from their website that tells the story behind these wonderful devices, via their Infernal Devices section:
Lady Clankington, heiress and adventuress, is quite well-known for her appetite for the new and unique. Indeed, she was once the subject of quite a stir, for gentlemen known to be in her employ had been disappearing without a trace and horrors of the most frightening sort were left to the imagination. Upon later investigation, it was discovered that these individuals weren’t even men at all!
Due to her voracious desire for endless…adventure, her husband (an industrialist of some note) expired from exhaustion long ago. In a fit of frustration, Lady Clankington employed the genius of one Dr. Visbaun to create a cadre of strapping automatons that would finally grant her the only company able to keep up with her unending desire…for adventure. As brilliant and well-built as these mechanisms were, even these poor fellows kept wearing out.
Ever more frustrated and in need of satisfaction, Lady Clankington commissions Dr. Visbaun to create various enticements of a most diabolical nature. Each design has been well tested by the lady, herself.
Each design will be in a limited edition of 100 numbered pieces and includes a certificate of authenticity. Once each design is sold out, it is gone for good!
If you are interested in finding our more about Lady Clankington and her fine wares, please visit the About Us and FAQ pages.
Who can forget the classic Mr. Potato Head, a staple of American childrens’ toy chests since its beginning distribution in 1952. We all know what he looks like:
Iconic, yes, but hardly Steampunk. For those kiddos you are attempting to steep in Steampunk from a young age, the original Mr. Potato Head is not really one to inspire clockwork driven thoughts. We need to mod this tuber…
Allow me to introduce Spudnik, an incredible mod by saritamarianyc of Flickr. You can check out the Spudnik photostream here. Steampunk Makers will be particularly interested in the Process folder to see photos of the production of Spudnik. Saritamarianyc, also know as Sarah Calvillo, has her own website, Among Mad People to check out more of her work. Although she is not a singularly Steampunk artist, it is clear she has a lot of talent. If you ask me, I think she should do Steampunk more often!
Sometimes, one needs to break out the scissors and glue and create something purely for amusement’s sake. It’s just something for yourself to get your mind off of the stresses of the work week or something to do with friends while chatting over tea.
Today, I’m bringing you one of those divertissements, a collection of papercraft toys by Alexander Gwynne, with a focus on his more recent release, the Steam Rider:
This paper contraption reminds me of the tin toy soldiers of yester-year and has all the look of a vintage toy. It’s totally free to print out and make your own papercraft Steam Rider.
If you liked the art of papercraft, there’s all sorts of different patterns for your enjoyment on Alexander Gwynne’s page, including a pair of Steampunk robots that remind me of R2D2 and C3PO. There’s other patterns too for your friends who don’t quite understand but tolerate your Steampunk obsessions, and best of all, they are all free!