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Automate Toy Design (Advice Wanted) by Tedimus Automate Toy Design (Advice Wanted) by Tedimus
I have numbered every time I have done a toy design for my "iconic" robot type, the Automate... this is the FIFTH time I have promised to produce a plastic mock up. Hopefully this time it'll be true.

I'm unclear on what scale I'm planning on making this. I'd love to do a six inch so it could fit in with what I most collect, but I realize there would be design constraints. So my questions are...

-Is my design feasible
-How big should it be
-How difficult would it be to make
-And any advice that you can give me

Thanks for looking- this has been in the works for years
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Maddog10-20 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks good to me. Construction might be hard, but doable. The main difficulty I've found with trying to make my own action figures is trying to create the joints. I currently use wire as joints, but I don't like to because I know that it will eventually break. One thing that you could do is try cutting out the joints of already made action figures and then modifying them so that you just have the joint. Then you can add things like the arm struts and legs etc. A paint job can do miracles.
As for scale, If you have a bunch of old Lego Bionicles lying around this guy :iconrupertvalero: makes some amazing robots and modified action figures with them. The hands are probably going to be the hardest bit to pull off because the joints will have to be very small. You might consider buying some Shape-Lock or Polymorph Plastic which is a type of plastic that has a low melting point that you can use for prototyping or fabricating things like the robot's head and side plates. I'd really like to see this guy in the real world because your designs are beautiful. Let me know if you have any questions or whatnot. Hope that this helps.
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Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
IMO it's feasible.
A 25 cm tall figure would look cute.
If you are planning to make it into a assembly kit it would be preety easy to assemble.

It would be interesting to be able to add custom armor or equipment to boost it's look.
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PandavengerX Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Coolio
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