The interchangeable pieces, however, only scratch the surface of why these collectible figures are special. As Fleet Hower, owner and creative force behind Locknesters explains – it’s the blending of new and old-world technologies that make the creation of these art figures truly magical.
Each Puzzle Dunny first comes to life in a 3D printer. Hower, an architect by training, was on the ground floor of the emergence of 3D printing technology and quickly became a wizard, incorporating their use into his architecture life and ultimately, his designer toymaking world.
“But they come out rough,” he says of Dunnys that come off a 3D printer. “So we treat them.” And by “treat,” he means they sand them and tumble them. Tumbling, he explains, is the process of placing rough-edged objects in a barrel with water and media (rocks or metal balls), and tumbling the barrel. As objects crash together, the rough parts on the Dunnys are worn down and smoothed out. It’s a finishing process that’s used for a wide variety of objects that you’d never suspect – doorknobs, for example.
After tumbling, the finishing process wraps up with a thorough cleaning of the Dunnys and the application of a water-based topcoat seals the deal.
Be sure and snatch up Puzzle Dunny No. 2 while you still can, but also be on the lookout for upcoming pieces to the puzzle and other surprises – the Kidrobot x Locknesters partnership has more legs! ;)
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Locknesters is building a solid reputation for a unique designer toy company – and they’re only 3 years old! Check out their website, their designs, and most definitely their designer toy production page.