Remember the old saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? Well after you take a look at some of these incredible hand-made sculptures, made entirely from old beers cans, cartons and containers, you might well be reaching for your credit card and heading over to eBay…

Over at Hamster Sokuhou, a thread has exploded with comments of praise and amazement for photos of aluminium can sculptures, produced by one Japanese internet user going by the name of “Makaon”, featuring everything from birds to Ultra Man and Pikachu.

Whoever this Makaon person is, she is very, very talented…

Unlike beer cans in the west, Japanese breweries frequently launch seasonal beers with vastly different flavours or feature cans with seasonal or promotional designs, which are usually snapped up as soon as they land on the shelves. Just as clothing stores bring in their autumn range when summer has reached its peak, supermarkets and liquor store shelves in Japan change colour with the seasons.

A quick trip to any supermarket will show that, although autumn has only just arrived in Japan, Kirin Beer’s winter-themed brew is already on the shelves, and proving to be incredibly popular.

Makaon’s sculptures, made from everyday drink cans like these, are often chosen by the artist for their colours, and constructed with unbelievable attention to detail. I think I speak for the entire RocketNews24 crew when I say that the person responsible for these creations is hugely talented, and deserves to be very, very rich someday…

Let’s take a look at what’s on offer…

▼ A golden Pegasus from a golden Yebisu beer can

▼This phoenix is rising up from the remains of a beer can box

▼ Wow. Just wow.

▼ This teddy bear’s keep it classy in gold and white

▼ Three generations of beer pups…

▼ Kirin Winter Beer hands its keys over to the designated driver…

▼Another favourite of ours- an Yebisu beer and Aquarius sports drink kingfisher

▼ Astounding

▼ OK, now you’re just showing off! A music box?!?

And then things get a little bit cheeky as a cast of cartoon, comic and videogame characters come out to play. Is your favourite here?

▼ Batman looking fearsome in Asahi silver and Kirin Malts blue

▼ Pikachu keeps and eye on his calorie intake with Kirin Zero

▼ Everyone’s favourite warbling pokémonー Jigglypuff!

 ▼ And then a whole pack of pokémon show up!

▼ Heineken, Kirin and Coca-Cola join forces to become our title image and, of course, this writer’s personal favourite.

▼ Even Hello Kitty is joining the fun with a fetching pink Suntory dress

▼May I be the first to say: “Want.”

▼Ultra Man and Ultra Man Mini

Japanese netizens were just as bowled over as we are, with many demanding to know if and where the sculptures could be bought.

“Start a class teaching people how to make these!”

“The level of detail on that those Mario and Yoshi sculptures is unbelievable!”

“I’m just off to the vending machine…”

“Where, where, where can I buy these!?”

“These aren’t just cool, some of them are absolutely beautiful.”

“Let’s see, I could probably make… wait, no, I couldn’t make any of these! LOL”

“OK! I’m gonna make myself a wife out of cans!”

We couldn’t agree more, guys. Well, except for that wife comment…

Source: Hamster sokuhou