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Big Bad Wolf - MAD Factory

Big Bad Wolf


Big Bad Wolf, by Go Modelshop

Little Red Riding Hood has finally made it to grandma's house, only to find her dear, sweet granny looking a little worse for wear. Her eyes, big and blood-shot. Her voice, deep and gruff. Her hands, much bigger than she remembered. And those big, pointy teeth!

Will the Big Bad Wolf make a meal of our girl Red? Once you've assembled the precision-cut pieces of this artfully designed automaton, you can turn the handle to find out!

- One of our best-selling automata kits, now in colour!
- Made from precision laser-cut wood.
- Fantastic learning tool for teaching children about cams and linkages.
- TOTALLY glueless- pieces slot together- no tools, no mess !
- Hand-cranked operation, turn the handle and watch the automaton come to life.
- Complete instructions included.


Designed by Keith Newstead. Born in London in 1956, Keith Newstead is a master designer and builder of automata. Products bearing his name can be found in The MAD Museum, the British Museum, the Tower of London, the National Gallery, and many other tourist sites around the UK and Europe.

What is an automaton?

An automaton can be described as a self-operating machine. Automata have been around for centuries, delighting, humouring and mystifying on-lookers with their lifelike actions. Automata from ancient times include King Solomon's throne with mechanical animals that hailed him as King as he ascended it. In ancient China a talented mechanical engineer presented a lifelike human automaton to the Emperor that could walk, sing, posture and even wink at the ladies of the court. The Emperor was reportedly not amused. Hundreds of years later, in 17th century France, a gifted engineer created the Digesting Duck that appeared to eat, digest and then poo!

Ages 8+. Not a toy, contains small parts which may cause choking.

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