Here I've created an automata of a starfish. When you twist the handle the starfish spins around and goes up and down. 
It took a bit of trial and error to create this out of cardboard and wood. I used Adobe Illustrator and laser cutting to create the pieces of the automata. 
While the up and down and spinning movements of the automata aren't the normal actions of a starfish (which are largely stationary creatures) it makes for an interesting and delightful experience.
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