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A group of enterprising employees at a scrapyard in Jinan City, China are using salvaged materials from their own facility to create an awesome army of giant Transformers. It all started back in 2010 when one ambitious part-time employee at the scrapyard created a towering recycled replica of Optimus Prime (previously featured here):

"The PR and marketing student said he wanted to make something ‘eye-catching’ using discarded parts. “I thought if people could see something spectacular made from junk, it would highlight what we do here and we could get more customers,” he said. Li was right. The robot became immensely popular, winning a lot of praise from locals."

That first scrap metal Autobot received so much press and attention from passers-by that Li decided to build a second one. After that other workers decided to get involved and keep the effort going. In the space of just 4 months they’d built over 40 Transformers whatever materials they could get their hands on at work, such as parts from old cars and motorcycles. And they aren’t simply stationary figures - all of the mechanical limbs are posable.

They start off by downloading an animated image from the internet. “Before starting the robot manufacturing, we do not delineate our drawings,” said Guojun Long, one of the craftsmen. A large amount of what we do depends on our imagination, because each robot looks different and the same parts cannot be used.”

Each recycled robot is for sale, priced around 100,000 yuan ($16,000 USD). And just in case you’re worried that the yard might sell out of giant scrap-bots before you can get over there yourself, don’t worry, they workers are still making more.

[via Kotaku and Oddity Central]

Watch as 28-year-old street performer Joslyn Paige gives a group of kids in Ann Arbor, MI an unforgettable thrill by showing off his awesome homemade Transformer costume. Paige spent a few months and between $700-$800 to making his suit, which transforms from bipedal robot into a truck that actually drives around.

Paige told the Detroit Free Press that he plans to spend the summer performing in Ann Arbor, so if you happen to be nearby, keep an eye out for this awesome Human Transformer!

Video by Mohammad Tiba

Visit 22 Words for additional video and a couple photos.

You know you’re a serious fan of Pacific Rim when you purchase a 12-foot-long, 900-pound conference table that features a giant Jaeger arm. Los Angeles-based independent video game studio Robotoki worked with Tom Spina Designs to create this awesome mecha conference table for their office. We hope they play the main theme from Pacific Rim before and after their meetings.

Visit Nerd Approved for an unboxing and assembly video to get an even better sense of just how huge this thing is.

Is it strange that we’ve got an urge to curl up and nap in the palm of the Jaeger’s hand? If the table top weren’t made of glass, that would be an fantastic hiding place.

[via Nerd Approved]

New York-based balloon artist John Reid of Epic Balloons just created the world’s largest balloon sculpture (made by a single person) at the Salt Lake Comic Con. Meet Poptimus Prime!

Reid spent 42 hours assembling his 50-foot-tall balloon-bot using a total of 4302 purple, green, black, gray and white balloons. Representatives from Record Holders Republic were on hand to verify that Poptimus Prime actually is the largest balloon sculpture ever made by a single person, but it’ll take Guinness World Records a few months to verify it themselves.

The only thing more awesome that Reid’s giant inflatable robot is his attitude about his achievement:

Reid said that he hopes another artist will eventually outdo him. “I want to hold (the record) for like three or four months,” he said. “I hope that somebody else decides to try to take this art a little further and crush me. Trounce me. Wipe the floor with me. I would be honored to have somebody make something even more epic than this.”

Visit the Epic Balloons Facebook page for additional photos and video footage.

[via Geeks are Sexy and Deseret News]

Pittsburgh, PA-based graphic designer and writer Don Moyer likes to draw things that make him laugh. That’s why he’s been hard at work on a fantastic series of drawings based on traditional blue willow china plate patterns. The designs look authentic except for one extraordinary difference: the otherwise tranquil design on each plate includes some sort of unexpected calamity. It could be an alien invasion or natural disaster. It could be a sea monster or a swarm of bats. It could even be a giant zombie poodle, flying monkeys or robots. There are simply so many ways that disaster might strike.

Moyer calls this awesome ongoing series Calamityware. Two of his designs (the flying monkeys and the giant robot) have been produced as actual porcelain plates thanks to successfully funded Kickstarter projects.

Check out Don Moyer’s Calamityware Flickr set to view more of his designs.

[via Lost at E Minor]

Wilmington, Delaware-based artist Brian Marshall creates awesome robot sculptures by reusing just about any metal object he can get his hands on. Forgotten boxes in the backs of attics and garages are his treasure chests. For Marshall, building lively little robots out of old cutlery, spice tins and car parts isn’t simply a hobby, it’s an obsession. That’s why he created Adopt-a-bot: the Found Object Art Robot Assemblage Orphanage.

"Each robot is constructed almost entirely from reused materials. These materials are cleaned and polished to varying degrees depending on the persona I am attempting to achieve. Even the nuts and bolts that are used to hold together each creation are from a recycler. With simple, fun designs that contain easily recognizable pieces, it is my hope that viewers will not only find a personality to connect with, but that they will also see the value of and possibilities for reducing, reusing and recycling in our world today."

Visit Brian Marshall’s Flickr page to view many more of his recycled robots. And if you’re in the market for adopting a robot of your own, check out the Adopt-a-bot Orphanage.

[via Weezbo]

San Francisco-based design professor and illustrator Miguel Cardona transforms ordinary paper coffee cups into bold works of art. Because of the curved surface of his canvas of choice, each piece is rendered freehand and he thoroughly enjoys the challenges that this presents:

"You have this three-dimensional object that is in your hands, you can pull the cup in a different direction and hold the pen still. You can also hide a lot of flawed perspective. You don’t need a desk, it can be done anywhere, and to protect it, you can stack it in another blank cup. The cup itself can hold your art supplies and is itself, a display stand, it’s quite the perfect design."

Cardona’s subjects vary from pop culture character and icons to robots, monsters, and even bodily organs. But these beautiful illustrations aren’t quite as awesome as what he does with them. Miguel sells each finished piece for $20 and donates 100% of the proceeds to Project Night Night, which donates baby blankets, children’s books, and toys to children in homeless shelters.

Visit Miguel Cardona’s website to check out more of his fantastic illustrated coffee cups.

[via Design Taxi and Cool Hunting]

From rings hidden inside cupcakes to skywriters to signs on cows, lots of people go out of their way to make a grand gesture when proposing marriage. One particularly ambitious, lovestruck, and geeky man in China decided that the best way to pop the question to his beloved was to build a 30-foot-tall model of Optimus Prime that would ask for his true love’s hand in marriage.

He built the Autobot leader out of over 40,000 rivets and almost $10,000 worth of iron and stainless steel, working through 400 drawings over the ten months it took him to transform a pile of metal and bolts into one amazing looking metal sculpture.

We’re guessing that the fact that the lucky lady was photographed posing with her beau’s giant transformer means she probably said yes.
[via Neatorama]

From rings hidden inside cupcakes to skywriters to signs on cows, lots of people go out of their way to make a grand gesture when proposing marriage. One particularly ambitious, lovestruck, and geeky man in China decided that the best way to pop the question to his beloved was to build a 30-foot-tall model of Optimus Prime that would ask for his true love’s hand in marriage.

He built the Autobot leader out of over 40,000 rivets and almost $10,000 worth of iron and stainless steel, working through 400 drawings over the ten months it took him to transform a pile of metal and bolts into one amazing looking metal sculpture.

We’re guessing that the fact that the lucky lady was photographed posing with her beau’s giant transformer means she probably said yes.

[via Neatorama]