Toymaker and spider-'bot lover Jaimie Mantzel made a pretty lofty claim in a video he uploaded to YouTube yesterday. He's calling his newly unveiled creation the "greatest toy in the universe." That's some pretty big talk, and — OH MY GOD TWO LAYERS OF ARMOR HE DID NOT
You can see Mantzel walk you through his ultimate toy in the video below, but if you're still not sold yet, I'll oblige. What Mantzel has drummed up is a
five-legged six-legged walking tank with a lot of clip-on parts. This includes weapons, but more importantly there's also two layers of armor one can put on, and then satisfyingly blast off.
When Mantzel walks a second crawler out onto the field, just how awesome this thing is becomes clear. I think if I could peek into the mind of a younger me and see exactly what I thought would be the best toy ever, a remote-controlled, whirring, heavily armed and armored spider-tank would be high on that list.
Manzel is also looking for help naming his greatest toy in the universe. You can do that here.
This guy is a complete and total bad-ass. Seriously. (He's also nearly constantly manic too, but I digress.)
He has this giant tree-house he built in the middle of the woods by hand which he actually lives/lived in. When he realized he needed a lumber mill to build a giant workshop to go along with his tree house in the woods, he made one himself, with two tires, a motor, and some aluminum poles (no joke).
Why did he need a giant workshop in the middle of the woods, you ask? To build a working life size version of this robot of course! And he did it using 99% junk yard scrap MacGyvered together (like everything else he does). He also wore chain-mail while doing all this to 'stay fit'.
He has a video blog with tons of videos on YouTube. This guy is so interesting he has caused countless people to spend 10+ hours watching his videos in a single sitting (myself included!). Just look at the other comments here and you'll see how common an occurrence this is.
P.S. Almost forgot! His "tree house" has a giant trampoline in one of the rooms integrated into the floor (one of those giant backyard ones).
P.P.S. He also somehow convinced his lady-friend to move out into the middle the woods and into his tree-house with him while he did all of this. :o