Sometimes the droids you are looking for are in your own backyard.
Charming creations by David Hoogduin have become popular on social media.
The qualified sheet metal worker had spent the past few years transforming everyday items into diminutive robots.
He calls them Rebots because they are always made from recycled items.
‘‘I’ve got a wee garden shed out the back I make them in.’’
He began creating the contraptions about three years ago from ‘‘some old stuff lying around’’.
‘‘I started making some stuff up and it evolved from there.’’
Making the robots started as a hobby but demand for his items grew and now he estimates he has made more than 250 of them.
He put photos of the items on social media and people from all over the world had snapped up the metal creations.
‘‘A lot have gone around the world.’’
Giving each rebot a name was generally the task of his wife, Womble, with names including Curly Girly Bot, Police-Bot Marty and Puppy-Bot.
Hoogduin had become a regular at second-hand stores, scouring for a wide variety of items that he could transform.
‘‘It is all recycled and that is part of the challenge.’’
Candlesticks, serving tongs, biscuit jars, door knobs, poker chips, nuts and bolts have all been used to make his anthropomorphic items.
Some of the items had moving parts like heads or arms that could be adjusted, he said.
He could spend four hours or 40 hours on a rebot, ‘‘the smaller ones actually take longer’’.
Each bot could be made up of up to 100 different items, he said.
He and his wife would shortly be moving to Golden Bay but he would continue his absorbing hobby.
‘‘I must admit I get a buzz when people like them.’’