I like to take my kids to the dollar store and help them pick out some junky toys. I try to steer them towards dinosaurs, robots, and small cars. I do this because I know that sooner or later they will get bored with the toy, or break it, and then I can sneak it into my secret room and turn it into something uber-cool, like this:
This is some fictitious warrior on a "steed" made of bronze. I can't think of a good name for him/it, so at the moment he is a Smyrznix. I want the beast automaton to be something like a cross between the Minoton from Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger:
and of course, the Terminator endoskeleton.
I gave the "beast" a good thick coat of bronze: