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DIY Vending Machine Lets You Make Your Own Toy

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Chicago-based product development specialists Squibbles Ink, together with Rotofugi, have refurbished a vintage Mold-a-Rama machine to create a DIY vending machine that lets you make your own toy.

Called the ‘Roto-a-Matic’, for a token that costs six dollars, the machine lets you make a plastic toy figure.

The original Mold-a-Rama machine works by injecting molten polyethylene plastic into a mold, and blasting it with air to freeze the plastic into shape.

The modern take on the Mold-a-Rama machine aims to redesign the molds and making plastic toys.

Currently, the only mold available is of the ‘Helper Dragon, designed by artist Tim Biskup. Users can also submit designs for new molds.

Each figure comes with its own Certificate of Authenticity indicating the name of the figure, artist, date of manufacture and color.


The Roto-a-Matic is located by the store at 2789 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, if you ever wish to visit it.

Check out the video below to see the machine at work:

[via Roto-a-Matic]
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