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Perry the Platypus Inaction Figure is a wooden toy that is modelled after Perry (Disney cartoon characters - Phineas and Ferb's pet platypus).

In the episode Toy to the World, Phineas and Ferb design a toy "so stupidly simple, so basically bland, so idiotically uncomplicated, that it can do absolutely anything."

For my son's 6th birthday party we all made Inaction Figures, it was a lot of fun!!

Here's a step by step guide to make your own Perry. Go on and make a Perry the Platypus Inaction Figure. It does nothing!
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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You will need...

Wood (65mm x 45mm) for Perry's body - a length of 120mm
Wood (90mm x 10mm) for Perry's legs, bill and tail - a length of 250mm should be heaps
2 x Wooden plugs (19mm) for Perry's eyes
6 x Wood Screws (8ga x 25mm) for legs and attaching bill
Paint Brush & Paint - Green/Blue (for body), Orange/Brown (Tail), Yellow Brown (for legs, bill, tail detail) and White (for eyes) - a marker pen can be used for the pupils)
Wood Glue
for attaching eyes and tail
Mitre Saw for cutting body to length
Router - you could use a chisel & saw instead
Jigsaw for cutting out legs, bill and tail
Drill for screw guide holes for legs and beak
Tape Measure & Pencil
Screw Driver

Note on paint: Toys really should be painted with paint approved for children's toys - I just used normal test pots though, as this is the cheaper option.

Step 2: Cut Body to Length

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Take your 65mm x 45mm length and using your mitre saw, cut to 120mm.  This will be Perry's body.
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saints761 year ago
You should really consider selling these ! Really love them!!!
rocketsurgery (author)  saints761 year ago
You're very kind :)
HDKdesign1 year ago
Oh my goodness- I never realized how soft my carpets are!, but more importantly, I'm gonna pull a Doctor Doofenshmirtz, so to save money on paint I will grow 3 genetically engineered trees (one in each color needed) so they will already be colored! But then of course the eyes will be either blue or brown.....ohh well, that is a bridge I'll cross when I get there!

(You're going to have to watch a few episodes to get the first and last parts!)
BOT43 years ago
Haha, thats so awesome! your creation inspired me to build a mini version of it like a key chain. You got to love Perry ha :)
AGENT P! i am so going to make this! thank you for the instructable!
rocketsurgery (author)  craftycat7213 years ago
You are very welcome craftycat721, thanks!
Looks great! I'm going to try and build one
rocketsurgery (author)  patriots88883 years ago
Thank you! If you take a photo, it would be great to see! :)
astroboy9073 years ago
Just found this. Our whole family loves P&F, and my sister would love this for Christmas... Might have to make a few for the whole family!! :)
rocketsurgery (author)  astroboy9073 years ago
Hey thanks for the comment!!! Let the inaction begin! :)
Yep.. trying to find the best way/time to get this done before christmas with minimal tools- will work on it...
And at the last resort- learn how to use the laser cutter at school and custom cut it :)
oh, and noticed something weird in this... The inaction figures feet, both here and in the show, are yellow colored, like the tail. But Perry himself, has 2 "teal' feet and two tangerine feet. Odd... perry the platypus
rocketsurgery (author)  astroboy9073 years ago
Yes very odd :) someone else noticed this in previous comments. So do you make the inaction figure like the inaction figure or do you make it a little more like Perry, tough decision!
guitar-hero3 years ago
perry, ooh perry, je bent m'n allerbeste vriend!

Lang leve phineas en ferb!
rocketsurgery (author)  guitar-hero3 years ago
Ik weet zeker dat ze zullen leven voor altijd ... Het is een klassieker die reeds
vast wel! Het word nog dagelijks bekeken. Ik twijfel alleen of er meer nieuwere afleveringen komen.
rocketsurgery (author)  guitar-hero3 years ago
Ik heb alleen keek ze op youtube ... Ik gebruik deze website om te zoeken naar de nieuwste afleveringen
Ik gebruik wikipedia ook om de episodes van South Park te zoeken XD.
Ik denk dat ze nu nieuwe episode's aan het maken zijn.
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dude, why?
happyjo3 years ago
Wow! I just love the look of this! :D
rocketsurgery (author)  happyjo3 years ago
Make one... they do nothing... :) Thanks happyjo...
ac69ir3 years ago
greetings, you responded to my reply beofre and i would like to thank fonext the detailed conversion. My next question is would you be willing to make kits for ppl to buy, I tried to make 1 and i failed horriblely, but i have added some nice tools to my garage.. lol and you would have to paint them or assemble, just cut the wood, to save and i can get the nails to save on shipping so please let me.... thanks in advance the birthday isn't december 2012
rocketsurgery (author)  ac69ir3 years ago
Hi there,

Thanks for being interested in the inaction figure... I would normally be happy to help out... but unfortunately, I don't live in the States... We work in aid and development in Kabul, Afghanistan. Maybe you could find a friend who could help you use those nice tools in your garage? I think you can can do it - just take it slowly... step by step... Hope you find a solution (the kids really enjoyed their Perrys).
Danny094 years ago
"Aren't you a little young to build a Perry The Platypus Inaction Figure?"
"Yes, yes I am."
rocketsurgery (author)  Danny094 years ago
Hey Danny09... actually the quote from that episode was uncharacteristically...

"Hold on there, aren't you a bit young to be toy designers?"
"Well... I don't think so."
Yeah, but I made up this one to suit the project.
ac69ir4 years ago
so I'm not sure if you are still checking these, but is it possible to do a version in inches......, i';m not that crafty, and how big are they, from the angle of the picture they look pretty small,

By the way this rocks....
rocketsurgery (author)  ac69ir4 years ago
Thanks ac69ir...

Phineas and Ferb is definitely a favourite! Really the size doesn't matter that much... but try to get the same proportions... The measurements in inches should be...

Wood (2 1/2 inches x 1 3/4 inches) for Perry's body - a length of 4 3/4 inches
Wood (3 1/2 inches x 2/5 inch) for Perry's legs, bill and tail - a length of 10 inches should be heaps 2 x Wooden plugs (3/4 inch) for Perry's eyes 6 x Wood Screws (1 inch) for legs and attaching bill

Hope that helps... again, don't worry too much about the dimensions... get the wood that is around about what you are looking for (that's what I did)... you certainly don't have to be 'crafty'... just take your time and enjoy making something fun!
Ward_Nox4 years ago
you know i just found out that one of the co creators of P&F wrote for family guy and went into it with the idea of writing a less vulgar version of family guy but keep a similar type of pop couture hummor
How interesting. :D
briancyt4 years ago it's like an exact match to the original
yggdrazil4 years ago
Love it! I must make some for my young-uns. You should so sell them (if Disney would let you :)
rocketsurgery (author)  yggdrazil4 years ago
Thanks for the vote of confidence... not sure if they would sell... they don't do much :)'s just a platypus
so cute loveit
rocketsurgery (author)  softballch1k994 years ago
Thanks softballch1k99... you're very kind :)
Can you teach us how to make a Brick next? Please?

Best. Instructable. Ever.
go to home depot or any hard ware store and buy a brick.
rocketsurgery (author)  seabananers4 years ago
It could never be that simple... naturaldesignchick is an artist and therefore can appreciate the complexity of simplicity... the Brick™, yes, 'is fun', but really how 'fun' would a home depot brick be...? Not nearly as fun as defining the laundry on a wall...
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