Private First Class Rupert Valero is currently stationed at Khandahar, Afghanistan. In his spare time, he's become something of a toymaker, building "action figure" type toys with recycled bottle caps or whatever found materials he stumbles upon. Some of the figures he makes are truly gorgeous and out there.
Valero says his hobby is rooted in his love for robots and having an engineer's mentality, but building the toys have also helped him stay sane in Afghanistan and connect with the local nationals. After all, everyone loves a good toy. You can buy some of his stuff on Etsy. [Etsy via ALR Design via BoingBoing]