Retro TV series – Life on planets art toy

We have begun making artisan keycaps since 2015 and after all those years this is the very first time we’ve produced a big keycap, having 77 times the volume of the 1u keycap (its 74-mm bottom side is 4 times longer than the 1u keycap’s).

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We all know the moon only shines at night, often surrounded by hundreds of stars to make even more beautiful scenery. A big sphere of warm, yellow glow with bright, sparkling dots light up the sky at its best. But when the day comes, it disappears and is replaced by another shining globe.

This just doesn’t come up naturally. Because everything happens for a reason.

Why does the moonshine?

Humans on Earth have proved to significantly enjoy the beauty of the moonlight, especially when it’s in the full moon cycle. There’s abundant evidence of this: ancient folklore of humans shapeshifting into a werewolf on the night of a full moon, the Asians even celebrate a specific festival for it. Then they invent a term called “the Moon phase”, which sounds very catchy and makes perfect sense as to why it shines proportionally at certain times of a month. But these are all made possible by a robot guarding the Moon, which shapes like no other usual robot.

a TV does it!

Up in the sky where you can see the Moon at night, there’s a TV robot working very hard every day to make sure it lights up at the right time. He is built to function perfectly on the Moon, including adapting to its hostile weather and climate, extreme temperature change, and the distinctly unheavenly surface on this satellite planet of the Earth. Most importantly, the robot’s head is particularly designed like a TV screen to help him accomplish his daily mission of monitoring light on the Moon. He gets to record the amount of light of previous days, therefore makes the right decision of how bright the Moon should be today. Every day when his work is done, he always sits down on the edge of the largest crater and watches a hundred scenes of the Moon and stars again and again without getting bored. His TV screen has everything he needs when living on the Moon.

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One big ol’ TV!

We have begun making artisan keycaps since 2015 and after all those years this is the very first time we’ve produced a big keycap, having 77 times the volume of the 1u keycap (its 74-mm bottom side is 4 times longer than the 1u keycap’s).

The steps to produce this keycap were completely different, from prototyping to the time it took to treat the surface of the outer case, middle case, and inner pieces. We spent nearly a week building a final prototype to create a compatible mould. As the mould was much bigger, it required another method to produce.

The pieces in this size were larger so we had to do more work than 1u keycap in resin casting and color mixing. Casting each piece took twice as much time as when we did normally, if not three times (around 8 hours on average to dry). Per coloring, if the first layer didn’t dry completely, it could be mixed up when applying the second layer to the mold, or even be damaged as it’s not dry enough to stick to the mold.

We still used a whole block of wood for packaging, but it must be bigger. It was also more difficult when choosing wood for our round box in terms of the block’s surface and thickness. This had to be done with strict requirement to reach a consistency between the lid and body of the box.

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retro tv series – life on planets artisan keycap 136

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