In a small two story 76 square meter loft located 30 minutes from the northern edge of Beijing just outside the fifth ring road, 27-year-old Wang Xiao Kang sits at his work desk looking at blueprints. Towering right over the slightly hunched Wang on a bookshelf as he reads his laptop screen is a 7 foot tall home-made replica of the Iron Man Mark I armor, and just behind him in his tiny kitchen/living room stands a clay mannequin wearing the Mark III helmet. Wang's perceived obsession with Iron Man is a little bit more complex; it is a love for cool design and a yearning to create something for himself.
Wang, or rather Master Kang, his online handle, has been the talk of the Chinese and Western internets for a while now. He first gained notoriety after a video of his homemade wearable foam Iron Man Mark I armor hit Youtube. We here at Kotaku just recently posted Wang's latest video where he showed off his process for making a mechanized Mark III helmet. While D.I.Y Iron Man costumes are a dime a dozen online, Wang's contribution stands out as one of the best to come out of China.