had such fun with these original little "sculptures". Scrap
Metal Sculptures by HogWild Toys are objects made out of scrap
metal and held together by magnets. Sets consist of a number of
metal pieces, such as chains, nuts, bolts, spines, and so forth.
Each comes with instructions for assembling a particular junkyard
sculpture, such as a dog or a woman, but kids are free to build
whatever their imagination conjures up.
at right is a cool metal cat named Gadget and at left is Gizmo, a
posable metal dog. These sets use a tin box as a torso with three
bar magnets that kids place inside the box. Kids add paper clips,
chains, magnet noses, and so on to dress up each "pet"
and give them odd but effective details. Both junkyard pets
measure about 6 inches high. Kids can make their new metal friends
sit or lie down--and they are very charming!
number of posable people sculptures are also available. Ratchet,
pictured at right, is made of barrel nuts, a "hoop
skirt", hat fan, chain hair, and all sorts of other
scraps--and of course she's held together by magnets. Remember
that kids can and will make other sculptures after they've
assembled the model according to instructions. Our tester used the
scrap pieces for Ratchet into a bird, for example. Therein lies
the beauty of these sets. They not only look very unique and
impressive in an offbeat way, they inspire kids to look at any
object as a potential piece for artwork.