Archive for September 2011


The tutorial with Alan went really well, I am going to focus the group of toys in across between two time periods, of taking toys form the mid 70's to the mid 80's to 90's, and researching the iconic toys between them, and then playing around with them, so you'll have mid 70's toys against mid 80's toys building foughts and tanks.

My job now is too really research into Iconic 70's to 80's toys and to really create a mash up, with the mid 70's toys against the mid 80's toys. I think also placing them into a loft space will add extera edge to the look of the environment

sketches, pictures and thoughts of today

Today I started of thinking about catapolts, I embasing on how the teeth could be used, here I designed a simple catapolt frame allong with the teeth being able to hold the marble  

Randomly I started to look at RC chassis, thinking that every kids has a small RC car in his toy box some were... So I started looking at the shape thinking of another way of how it could be used allong with the catapolt in my mind.

On this I remembered a series from scrapheap challenge, were they used two wheels spinning around really fast oposit each other to fire objects, this is also seen in tennis ball shooting machines. I also thought that even with out having the wheels spining I could use them to suport elastic bands.  
This is the same idea but put up on a defencive wall or tower, after this I started moving onto the metireals and buildings, and structures with in my environment and how they could work together.
 As you see here I started doodling and moching up random ideas. this is were I started to hit up on and play around with the dolls house idea, and how in other ways it could be used. the rader I thought a speaker cone would be a good way to adapt, you'll also see a random robot arm and what looks to be a missile silo aspect of the crayons being used as missiles.   
 The house I thought could well be a way of suprising the enamy or making it into an abstract styled building.
Here I decided to play arround with all sorts of objects and toys and experimenting in how the house could be used and also exploring how objects can be fitted togther and made abstractly, but still have a form of use. the scaletrix road at the back turnned on its side makes a good way of making a wall. This also could be another extent to maby making a large gate. 
Here I looked at many doll house designs and other possibiliteas to how maybe the dolls house can be cute, and simple but as you open the door, you'll find it completely different.

Looking bak onto the teeth idea and the way the teeth move, I felt that if you stopped the teeth in a singular place with out them moving arround. and attached a rod to the top and then to a wheel attached to something else. I thought that the teeth could end up being able to drive something. On this page you'll also see me expressing the idea of how the scaletrix track could be used as a wall and possibly a roof.

 on here I was looking at the way Maccano can be used. I've never had a Maccano set in my life and I feel I need to really research this aspect more. I feel my world being a mish mash of Maccarno, lego, Knex and Technic lego, all being layered and built up on top of each other.
This was just a peace of fun i had with randon objects springing to mind, it started from the top left hand corner and grew, it is a sort of conclusion of thoughts of today.

(I must also say that my drawings are not pristine pure drawings as they are just random quick idea sketches)

Dolls houses

Dolls houses are a brilliant structure to play with and to adapt, and to take up the challenge of something quite calm and cute, into something more crazy, as soon as the doors of it open. I had an idea that maybe it could be used as a tatical element, were the enemy are just walking allong and the dolls house is peacefuly sitting there, and then it suddenly opens to then ambushed them. Another idea is that the house can be pulled apart from the back and behind, I instantly had this vision of a camera shot of this dolls house with its front slowly openning, revealing this mash up of sinister toy defences, and the camera then slowly moving through a window at the back of the toy house revealing the rest of the environment. though this is more to be thought of later than now.

while thinking arround I also remembered rene magritte and his surreal room

I liked the way everything is blown up and exajurated

in ispiration

This show is perfect inspiration for what im planning and creating. Gettting scrap and mashing it together to do another job, though mostly vehicles, this gives me ideas on how to fit things together but in a toy aspect

a few of random quick scetches and concepts

these are some of my random quick sketches being but together, though mostly war machines at the moment, there are still ideas that are shining through.

the scate shape reminds me of a fast buggy, and with its shape being quite aerodynamic. the Rocket on the back, is from a foam toy rocket style, (though I have to be carful that this is not too generic as shape an it would also need a way of air being forsed into it)
this is a toy truck, allong with a super soaker attachment to it, im feeling that the water could be used as a sort of flamethrower alternative, plus, the Maccarno sides could be used as the same adaption I had with the corrigated iron, 9V Batterries remind me of jerry cans, of what you see on old armoured trucks. a small issue I have would be adapting a turret, I here have used a a classic robots head.    

Time Bandits

A film popped into mind for insperation for my environment, I was racking my brains on trying to figure out what it was called and I finaly worked it out and it was called Time Bandits,  I remembered the end scene, the battle against evil, but the battle its self took place in the kids toy area and was enlarged,

I like the dustyness and darkness of the layout of the envonment, and the way everything has a more seriousness to the lay out.

TOYS and objects

First I've started out making a list of toys

  • Crayons
  • Shoes/rollerskates
  • AA batteries/9V battery
  • Slinky
  • Nurf Toys
  • Dolls/action man/ dolls house
  • Lego/Mcarno/Kenex/mega blox
  • Marbles
  • Dominos
  • Toy castle
  • Rubix Cube
  • Shape sorter
  • Tamagotchi
  • Super soakers
  • Stacking Ring Toy
  • Train sets
  • Scalectrix
  • Airfix
  • abacus
  • Clock work Toys/Chattering Teeth
  • wooden blocks
  • brio
  • trucks
  • multi storey garages

metireals and elements to bind objects together

Elastic bands
double sided tape
shoe lace



this is visualisation of the objects

crayons was sudgested to be used as missiles

Batteries would be a brilliant thing to addapted, as not only as a power source but also as a visual element.

 a dulls head being used as a turret, or some of its body being used and dismantalled to be able to carry other stuff

 these are classic building tools and what structural elements can be made out, BUT being carful that they aren't made as the primery building souce, (in other words mix things and other toys into the structures, dont let them to become the dominant part)  

Marballs, would be grate as a way to be used as a set of wheels or missiles   

clock work teeth, and clock work toys would be a brilliant rememberal element in the designs of the structures and vehicles

 Nurf toys would be a good thing to adapt, though with the research I have only come across the guns, but I have seen in the past foam bullets being used on smaller toys like tanks.  
the rollerscate automatically has a nice riding platform to begin with, it would be nice to adapt and play with this further.  

 Rubix cube, a brilliant thing to try and adapt, or to even have in the environment as a remenisnt peace.

 Air fix kits would be awesome to addapt into structures.


 tamagotchi I imagen as a computer in this toy world.
 Castles and garage are good things as a defence

 toy trucks, are a classic element from a toy box, and grate thing to adapted and modifie

 wooden building blox would be a brilliant aspect to adapt and utelise

All these toys have left me with tuns of food for thought to how this world of toys fighting toys can be used and cant wait for designing and putting things together.