Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Dad Creates Mad Max Buggies from Old Little Tykes Cars

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Witness Dad, Ian Pfaff’s step-by-step detailed photos of modifying the classic red and yellow Little Tykes car into a post-apocalyptic doom buggy.

Dad, Ian Pfaff, takes step-by-step detailed photos while modifying the classic red and yellow Little Tykes car into a post-apocalyptic doom buggy
Scroll to the end to see detailed shots of the finished product, and see them in action in the behind the scenes footage!

Have you ever had a run down Little Tykes car and thought “I should turn this into a post-apocalyptic doom buggy, like the ones from the Mad Max series”? Dad, Ian Pfaff did!

Inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road, Ian proceeded to modify the toy cars using “random cool looking junk” that he has collected over time such as “broken computers, printers, fax machines, and expresso machine…” He thought it would be fun to use the junk and repurpose the car into a Mad Max Mobile.

Kids are Following His Footsteps to Become Mad Max Fans with his DIY Mad Max for Little Tykes

Each tike gets their own modded Little Tyke, with unique details.
Each tike gets their own modded Little Tyke, with unique details.

Not many parents raise their kids to know and love movies such as Mad Max which takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, similar to Fallout or Borderlands. However, Ian liked Mad Max as a kid and wants to raise kids, Junior and Benji, the same way.

You know, hope is a mistake. If you can’t fix what’s broken, you’ll, uh… you’ll go insane.

Max Rockatansky

Witness Me!

Scroll through to witness the transformation, and maybe get some inspiration to make your own modded Mad Max Mobiles.

Do you see a computer tower panel and a cooling fan?  Repurposing seems fitting for a Mad Max car.
Do you see a computer tower panel and a cooling fan? Repurposing seems fitting for a Mad Max car.

When thinking environmentally friendly, death car usually isn’t the first thing that comes to most people’s minds, but Ian repurposed and reused a lot of broken junk and second-hand items when creating these vehicles. The Little Tykes were run-down hand-me-downs from a family friend. A lot of the parts are from broken appliances and electronics. The dolls were from second-hand stores.

At first, this Mad Max for Little Tykes car just looks like a Little Tykes car with random stuff attached to it.
At first, this Mad Max for Little Tykes car just looks like a Little Tykes car with random stuff attached to it.
View of the back.  Compare this to the way it ends up looking in the Mad Max Junior Video!
View of the back. Compare this to the way it ends up looking in the Mad Max Junior Video!
Each Mad Max Little Tykes car took 16 hours to transform!
Each Mad Max Little Tykes car took 16 hours to transform!

Dad Ian says that making the cars wasn’t difficult at all. It was like playing with Legos– he just needed to find the part, and attach it.

Like Chrom’d War Boy, Nux, what War Car is complete without some silver paint?

Spray paint makes a world of difference.  You can't see the primary colors iconic of the Little Tykes vehicles, anymore.
Spray paint makes a world of difference. You can’t see the primary colors iconic of the Little Tykes vehicles, anymore.
No Death Car is complete without an affixed creepy doll.
No Death Car is complete without an affixed creepy doll.
Is that a bicycle chain steering wheel?
Is that a bicycle chain steering wheel?
In the desert, nothing is more precious than water!  Be sure to bring your Steampunk Sippy Cup.
In the desert, nothing is more precious than water! Be sure to bring your Steampunk Sippy Cup.
I wouldn't want to mess with this Furiosa Junior, while she is sitting in her death car.
I wouldn’t want to mess with this Furiosa Junior, while she is sitting in her death car.

We have been waiting for another installation in the Mad Max Franchise since 2015! Two Mad Max films are in the works, including a tale about Furiosa, the female badass from the film. If they take any longer to make the films, Junior may be old enough to play Furiosa. Mad Max is now in Pre-Production.

Furiosa via GIPHY

Each kid's Mad Max Little Tykes Car is unique.  Can you spot the differences?
Each kid’s Mad Max Little Tykes Car is unique. Can you spot the differences?
Riding in style, one hand on the wheel, one foot up.  Don't get too comfortable,  Benji.  You never know when it's time to go Initial D.
Riding in style, one hand on the wheel, one foot up. Don’t get too comfortable, Benji. You never know when it’s time to go Initial D.
Benji resembles Tom Hardy as Mad Max from Fury Road.
Benji resembles Tom Hardy as Mad Max from Fury Road.
The finished Mad Max Little Tykes death cars, and a glimpse of Ian's workstation.
The finished Mad Max Little Tykes death cars, and a glimpse of Ian’s workstation.
Benji gets a robotic looking attachment and a skull to his Mad Max-style Death Vehicle.
Benji gets a robotic looking attachment and a skull to his Mad Max-style Death Vehicle.
While Dad Ian worked on the Badass Cars, Mom Emily made some Post-Apocalyptic cosplays for her kids.
While Dad Ian worked on the Badass Cars, Mom Emily made some Post-Apocalyptic cosplays for her kids.

Cameo in Mad Max: Wastelands Sequel?

Even Immortan Joe can't claim this is mediocre.
Even Immortan Joe can’t claim this is mediocre.

The detail work on these Mad Max Mobiles are so crazy, even Immortan Joe can’t claim it is mediocre. If this badass family has a cameo in the sequel, Mad Max: Wastelands, we would be in Valhalla!

Until then, you can witness cuteness overload with the Mad Max Junior Trailer.

Do not, my friends, become addicted… It will take hold of you, and you will resent its absence!

Immortan Joe

If that wasn’t enough, here is the Making of Mad Max Junior, Behind the Scenes Footage.

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