I love Guy Himber’s fifth-scale Lego Mold-O-Rama that outputs a minifig when you launch the program.

You remember Mold-O-Ramas — they’re automated hot plastic molding machines most often found in zoos and circuses these days. Remember watching as the molded gorilla (or whatever) dropped into the hopper and you had to grab the too-hot figure because you couldn’t wait?

Of course, Guy’s recreation doesn’t really mold the clowns, they’re just minifigs, but it’s still a wonderful project.

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

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  • chuck

    I took my nephew to the zoo recently and he was amazed by the Mold-A-Rama machines. It lead to a million questions and an afternoon of making simple molds of matchbox cars with aluminum foil and pouring in melted crayons. Now he wants me to make him a ‘metal man’ so over Christmas break we’re going to do some sand casting with aluminum. Thanks Mold-A-Rama!

    • mrhaineux

      Get this project into MAKE:magazine. Foil molding melted crayons! Perfect for kids and I love it too!

  • Jeroen

    Does anyone know the LEGO part name/number of the two pushing things left and right of the mould..?