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Sep 20, 2017
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You never really know what or who you could bump into in the busy streets of the Philippines.

A certain Adrian Soriano Bernabe, for example, was traversing along the Imus Public Market in Cavite when he saw someone wielding a pair of scissors to sculpt pieces of rubber.

Beside the man—later identified as Elmer Padilla—is an assortment of action figures that can rival those found inside glass display cases in toy conventions.

The miniature replicas of Bumbleebee (Transformers) and Neo (The Matrix) were already impressive, but Padilla turned heads with the level of detail it took to make the Alien 'Grid' and the Predator 'Scar.'

The humble toymaker from Samar not only brings to life comic book characters like Hellboy and Deadpool for a living, he also comes up with his own designs for these cool works of art. All this, using only worn-out slippers.

After being shared in the art organization GUHIT Pinas, Padilla's photos have reached other Facebook pages and the online forum Reddit, where his ingenuity drew raves from netizens:

"Wow, they look better than some of the plastic Chinese knock-offs."

"With the proper provenance, accompanying video perhaps, it might actually increase the value in some niche markets."

"In 150 years, we will be seeing art auctions selling 'hand-crafted Filipino recycled figurines' for a million each."

"He'd probably be worth it to be trained to make props or some shit for movies if someone took the time."

In the comments section of his personal account, the street artist wrote, "Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat, lalung-lalo na sa mga nag-post, nag-share, at susuporta sa akin." Sick creations, dude!

 

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