Today’s designer toy review is of Doktor A’s Mechanics of Life (2015). An art multiple that uses Luke Chueh’s Target (2012) — which we previously discussed in regards to Scott Wilkowski’s Infected version (see here) — as the base for Dok A to craft his own artistic message upon.

My Impressions of Mechanics of Life

A beautiful marriage of Dok A and Luke Chueh’s artistic styles, Chueh’s sad bear figure remains instantly recognizable even after being modified through Dok A’s steampunk-y, clockwork-laden vision.
Doktor A's Mechanics of Life - Figure
For those unfamiliar with the art of Bruce Whistlecraft, better known as Doktor A, he specializes in geometrically-shaped robots he refers to as Mechtorians (2009) and his designs have found a whole new level of realism as he’s explored using cold-cast resin, the process of mixing metal powder with translucent resin to give the appearance — and weight — of solid metals.

And its a technique he uses within this Mechanics of Life release, cold-casting the internal clockwork array seen within this vinyl bear’s body. But beyond the need to wind his heart daily, what does the internal mechanism of this sad bear indicate? Looking at the subtitle of the work, which is The Artist’s Daily Struggle with Self Motivation, I think the intent is obvious.
As to the differences between this release and the original Target set, the resin background display piece has been painted black, with a heart-shaped gear adorning it — which is also seen spray painted on the packaging — as well as this resin gear-shaped pedestal that the 8″ tall figure can stand upon. The figure itself comes with a resin cast winding key and chest plate accessories, though the key sadly does not easily fit into the character’s keyhole located in his heart — or, I should say, I can’t get it to fit in there and I’m not going to force it!

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