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 Dust Man 

One of Dr. Cossack's robot masters introduced in Capcom's 1991 Mega Man 4 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video game. To be blunt, Dust Man is little more than a malicious, walking vacuum cleaner. His weapon of choice is the Dust Crusher, a cube of compacted scrap metal and other refuse, collected from his inhalations, that he blows out of the vacuuming apparatus that sits atop his head; this cube fragments on impact, splitting into four smaller pieces, causing even more damage and potentially injuring anyone near the target. Dust Man can also use his vacuuming apparatus to draw objects towards him, inhaling smaller objects and damaging larger ones when they make contact with his body. While drawing in air in this manner Dust Man is invincible because the fluctuating air pressures caused by his vacuum deflect attacks away from him. However, generating a suctioning force of this magnitude subjects Dust Man's internal workings to a relatively high level of stress, and so, he can only maintain this attack for a short period of time or else he risks overheating and damaging himself.

Ring Man's Ring Boomerangs, because of their shape, have a tendency to get tangled and embedded in Dust Man's internal mechanisms, quickly destroying his vacuuming apparatus and eventually Dust Man himself.

Here's a question to ponder: Why does Dust Man have an arm cannon when he never uses it?

Cardboard, white paper, white glue, hot glue, ink, wax crayon, marker, colored pencil, and paint.

8.6 cm/3.4 in. x 7.0 cm/2.8 in. (highest point x widest point)

Unknown; this figure's creation occured before I started keeping thorough records of my work (which means it was made sometime prior to May 30, 2004).

Dust Man photo collage.

For comparison purposes, below is Dust Man's stage select screen portrait and game sprite, both taken from the Mega Man 4 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video game.

(In no particular order of importance.)

  •   Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Mega Man 4 video game and instruction manual.

  •   Nintendo Gameboy Mega Man III video game and instruction manual.

  •   The Mega Man Homepage Mega Man 4 information section.

  •   Various GameFAQs Mega Man 4 game guides.

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