Quirk of the Month: Build Your Own Robot From a Book

My closest friends know that I have dozens of creative outlets, de-stressing activities, and collection of zany things. As Tony Stark said in Iron Man, “I like to tinker.” Remember when I built a pinhole camera from cardboard cutouts and the time I customized my kaleidoscope with plastic gems?

When I visited my college friend Chris in Singapore last summer, he gave me present—a Build Your Own Glow-in-the-Dark Robot book. It was on sale at Kinokuniya, a chain of bookstores in Singapore. The pages contain punch-out cardboard parts of the 3D robot and step-by-step instructions for building.

Brainy Smurf is on top of it.

Brainy Smurf is on top of it.

"Build Your Own Glow-In-The-Dark Robot" by Julius Perdana

“Build Your Own Glow-In-The-Dark Robot” by Julius Perdana

I was tempted to leave it untouched as a coffee table book, but why waste a good DIY project? Looking at the parts and instructions, I believe I’ll need a whole afternoon to tinker. I’ll save this for my next bout of insomnia or stress. I’ll keep you posted.

September 24, 2015


  1. yas wrote:

    this is cool! I’m hitting 30 but i still check out those wooden build your own stuff..and nano blocks! oh i can get lost in assembling those things!

  2. Cherry wrote:

    Building your own robot is pretty cool! Keep us in the loop once you start and when you finally complete this mission. If you give your robot a name, that would be quite interesting, too! Maybe you can have a “name my robot” contest which I’d like to join!

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