There's just something about seeing adult makers completely killing it design-wise with children's toys. Previously, we watched an occupational therapist make herself a prosthetic leg from LEGOs, were amazed by the pop-up LEGO architecture coming from Japanese artist talapz and saw how one guy upgraded the T-shirt folding process with some K'Nex mechanics. Now, we've got another one to add to the list: the world's biggest K'Nex ball machine.
Standing over 23 feet tall and made of more than 100,000 K'Nex pieces, it's strikingly impressive and intimidating at the same time. Housed at The Works Museum in Bloomington, Minnesota, the tallest point of the machine is a 3.5-minute climb for the ball. K'nex fiend Austron (real name: Austin Granger) is responsible for this mechanical monstrosity.
Check out the teaser video for the finished product:
The mess of parts may seem like a Rube Goldberg machine on steroids, but really it's a delicate apparatus that delivers the ball safely from Point A to Point B. Just make sure you keep your toddlers a safe distance away if you go see it in person. Although, that instant gratification of playing out your Godzilla daydream and watching a huge machine fall one piece after another might just be worth it with a gadget of this size.
Austron has created many colossal creations with today's version of the tinker toy. And according to his YouTube page, he has two of his largest projects to date coming in 2014.
Check out more videos of Austron's complex contraptions here.
Erika is the editorial assistant at Core77. When she isn't covering design, you can find her writing about music, food, and healthy living habits. But mostly music. She also has a strong affinity for hedgehogs, bowling, and bands with goofy names.