Grant Imahara is an American electrical engineer by trade, but is best known for his work on the television series MythBusters, in which he designed and built numerous robots. His latest project may look familiar, and that’s because it’s The Child (Baby Yoda) from The Mandalorian. For this project, he overlooked the mechanical design, programming, and even 3D printing of the molds. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Pleased to present my newest creation: a fully animatronic Baby Yoda. It’s been three months of hard work and countless revisions. He’s a personal project that I started in early December. I did all the mechanical design, programming, and 3D printed the molds. He’s currently running a continuous sequence, but soon I’ll be able to trigger specific moods and reactions, as well as incorporate sound. Special thanks to @saltiesthime for creating the silicone skin, painting and hand-punching the hair, @misslindsayxoxo for the coat and jumpsuit, and Project 842 for the incredible digital model. This is a not-for-profit project. We’ll be touring children’s hospitals and our first visit is scheduled for April!
This isn’t just a static sculpture, but it can be programmed to express a sequence of moods as well as reactions, and eventually, respond to environmental stimuli. The only sections he didn’t complete himself were the silicone skin and clothes. As of now, the currently plan is for this animatronic to tour children’s hospitals around the nation.
- Comes in original Funko packaging and is bundled with a Plastic Box Protector with the collector in mind (Removable Film)
- From Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda the Child, as a stylized POP vinyl from Funko!
- Stylized collectable stands 3 3/4 inches tall, perfect for any Star Wars fan!
- Ships in acid-free PET plastic Pop Protector with peel-able protective film
- Push-lock tab that adds structural integrity to the Pop Protector when formed