Finally, the classic game Operation has been updated to reflect the sensibilities of today's modern child. The red-nosed gentleman has been replaced by the lovable scamp Bender Bending Rodriguez from TV's Futurama, and the chintzy cardboard replaced with shiny futuristic acrylic. Rescue Bender from the things which have gotten stuck inside him including a gear, a beer, Fry's stolen wallet, a Robotology symbol, and a lit cigar, but if you touch the sides Bender's "Problem" light will turn on to let you know you really screwed the pooch!
Here we will outline the steps necessary to make your own Bender Operation Game so that you too can bite bender's "shiny metal ass."
some kind of vector graphics software
2 12"x12"x1/4" acrylic boards greyish (we used one smoky grey and one mirrored)
thin insulated copper wire
heavy duty aluminum foil
1 9V battery (we actually used 3 AA batteries taped together)
1 red LED
acrylic bonding solvent
Step 1: Design Bender
This illustration was made in Adobe Illustrator CS5.
the outline was sized for 12" acrylic boards
internal game pieces were drawn inside Bender's body with a few mm cut out around them so that tweezers could reasonably be expected to fit in to grab the piece, but not so much that it would be TOO easy!
the top board has a hole to put an LED through which will serve as the notification that you touched the side.
the bottom board has grooves for the simple wiring as well as trenches underneath each cutout to make the holes deeper and more challenging.