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I, Cuddly Robot

I, Cuddly Robot

Web and Industrial Designer, Matt Kirkland, has a website featuring various personal and professional projects. The projects include his web work, sketches and stuff like that. But what really caught my attention is one of the sections on the site called Stupid Projects. I think these projects are Matt's way of keeping himself occupied.

One of the most pleasantly surprising "stupid projects" is In Vestimentis Ursum – Matt's revelation of the animatronic robots that lie beneath the fur and plush of their respective dolls. The results are surprising, creepy and comedic. It's a great little project, and it actually makes me feel like buying a couple of these things just to skin them and put them on a shelf in my studio.

Here's a look at some of my favorites from his site.

Stripped-down cow doll, revealing its animatronic skeleton

Stripped-down Fred doll, revealing its animatronic skeleton

Stripped-down Elmo doll, revealing its animatronic skeleton

Stripped-down Care Bear doll, revealing its animatronic skeleton

(Thanks for the link Billy.)


6 Responses

  1. Mittens says:

    Gah, those are so cool. That carebears one is awesome.

  2. Matty says:

    COOL! that is creepy, but smart!

  3. Jake says:

    Furbies are a dime a dozen at resale shops, and look at least as cool as these when skinned (and the outer-most plastic shell removed). Just a hulking mass of black mini-machinery with a face…

    http://www.phobe.com/furby/

  4. Christina says:

    Wow. This really goes to show you that no matter how pretty and soft and cuddly we are on the outside, we’re all equally as scary and grotesque when you take our skin off. I suddenly feel a deeper connection to our toy brethren.

  5. Justin says:

    I need to go to the children’s clearance section more often. Maybe I can build an army of skinless animatronic robots.

  6. zehn says:

    What would happen if you got a chicken elmo an took the skin off? You would get a nubby skinny armed yellow thing with a B on it!

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