Marvin Yagoda, founder of Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Farmington Hills, Michigan has passed away at the age of 78. He was known to say that he would try to make the world better one smile at a time. He did just that and the museum of coin-operated amusements he created will continue to do it for years to come.
The video above features Marvin serving as subjectmatter expert on the show American Pickers.
The folks over at cool4cats have outdone themselves with their new paper automaton kit titled ELEPHANT TRAINING. This one is a large exhibition-size automaton which shows the secret process of training a circus elephant.
From the Cool4Cats web site:
The kit builds into a large (63 centimeters high, 51 centimeters wide) exhibition model. There are many amusing details and a wonderful sequence of movements as you turn the handle. This model is unsuitable for younger children as a fair degree of patience (and a sharp craft knife) are needed to build it. The instructions, however, are very comprehensive with over 160 'step-by-step' diagrams and assembly is a great project, resulting in a spectacular model!
This one has it all: a great theme, characters, lifelike motion, stunning graphics, and a healthy dose of humor.