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May 15, 2015

Paycheck Friday: Add some ‘Mad Max’ flair to your workspace

Posted in: Movies,Toys

For this week’s installment of Paycheck Friday, Hero Complex’s roundup of some of our favorite toys, books and other geek merchandise, we turn to the post-apocalyptic world depicted in “Mad Max.”

Now in theaters, “Mad Max: Fury Road” follows Mad Max Rockatansky’s (Tom Hardy) quest for survival in a desert wasteland after civilization has collapsed. It is a world where, as director George Miller described to The Times in a previous interview, “all the bad things we see in the news come to pass: all the economic collapse, oil wars and water wars, even stuff we never see coming.”

One of the covers for the Mondo "Mad Max: Fury Road" soundtrack vinyl by artist Boneface. (Mondo)

One of the covers for the Mondo “Mad Max: Fury Road” soundtrack vinyl by artist Boneface. (Mondo)

With that in mind, this week’s paycheck goes to re-creating a scaled-down version of this post-apocalyptic world to liven up your workspace.

First, to set the appropriate mood, we recommend picking up the “Mad Max: Fury Road” soundtrack.

While the standard version is available now, consider pre-ordering the vinyl offered by Mondo that comes with two interchangeable covers featuring artwork of Max and Immortan Joe by the artist Boneface.

Of course, not all workspaces may be equipped with a record player, but if anything you can put the covers on display.

Actual preparation for apocalyptic scenarios may require assembling intimidating survival kits, but the office supply equivalent would be this set of push pins in the form of medieval weapons from Nuop Design.

Axes and sword handles sticking out of memos posted on your bulletin board offer a nice touch to make sure others understand you really mean business. Especially since not all people work in a place where having an armory of actual toy weapons is appropriate.

Finally, any proper “Mad Max”-inspired workspace requires some sort of model vehicle based on the machines in the films.

A scene from "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Warner Bros.)

A scene from “Mad Max: Fury Road.” (Warner Bros.)

While it would be nice to just pick up an official “Mad Max” model car or replica, consider taking on a DIY project to modify a model car to make your own custom toy.

Start with a model that looks similar to the cars featured in the film like this Dodge pickup truck, a Mack truck (we recommend one of the R-models) or even a few Hot Wheels and let inspiration guide you. Start with something simple like painting the cars, and maybe gluing on some parts that look like polearms.

Depending on your familiarity with tools, you can even take apart the car for advanced level modifications (which we can only recommend if you have the skills and take the appropriate safety precautions necessary to undertake the task). After the apocalypse you make due with what you have and what you’re able to cobble together, so don’t worry if your final product doesn’t look exactly like something out of the film.

– Tracy Brown | @tracycbrown | @LATHeroComplex

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