It’s a safe bet that a good percentage of Topless Roboteers are toy collectors. It’s an ever safer bet that many of you at one point in time or another owned one of Playmates’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures. Even if neither of these two scenarios are relevant to you, watch the above video. It’s the first installment in Make magazine’s Make:Believe series that focuses on “people turning fantasy into reality,” specifically toy sculpter Scott Hensey. Here Hensey discusses his time in the toy industry — including his work on the King Kong and TMNT toy lines — and his creative techniques. His enthusiasm for creating toys is infectious, and what Make has done here is to pull back the curtain to introduce us to a man who literally helped shape our childhoods.
Chris Cummins is a pop culture writer and Archie comics historian who has contributed to The Robot's Voice, Den of Geek US, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Uproxx, and Unicorn Booty. He is the co-producer and co-host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, and is regularly involved in producing and hosting New York Super Week events. In 2014, Chris began Sci-Fi Explosion, a mix of live performance, trivia and funny clips celebrating the weirdest in science fiction that regularly travels around the United States. He wrote the introductions to the compilations Archie's Favorite Comics From The Vault and (with Paul Castiglia) Archie's Favorite High School Stories. You can find Chris on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.