Want a 10-foot-tall painting of 'Star Wars' action figures?
Artist Rob Burden is itching to create epic oil paintings of vintage Star Wars action figures. How about a 10-foot Hoth scene in your living room?
Do you still have your original "Star Wars" action figures? Mine are tucked away in storage, but looking at Rob Burden's artwork makes me want to dig them out.
The San Francisco artist is so obsessed with his old "Star Wars" figures that he does 10-foot-tall oil paintings of them, like "The Birth of a Jedi," above. The works don't portray the characters from the series, but the actual action figures themselves.
Now he's taking his passion to new heights on Kickstarter with a $24,000 campaign to produce two enormous 10x14-foot "Star Wars" canvases.
The two paintings will depict dozens of "Star Wars" action figures and toys. A character will be the central subject of one, while the other will have a vehicle like the AT-AT Walker or a creature as the focus. Burden wants enthusiasts to vote for which toys are included in the paintings; you can vote on his Facebook page.
The funds, meanwhile, are needed for studio rent, materials, framing, art photography, and other expenses. Most of the pledges will receive goods like posters, prints, or sketches.
Bigger backers can get original paintings by Burden, such as a small oil of a "Jurassic Park" Velociraptor for $450, or a 114x30-inch painting of Boba Fett for $4,000.
"In 2006 I began a series of large-scale oil paintings based upon the small action figures that I played with as a boy," Burden wrote. "I remember these figures as being magnificent. They represented power, beauty, good and evil, and they captured every aspect of my imagination."
"The ineffability of what can turn a cheap yet coveted piece of plastic into an almost talismanic object was the original inspiration for this work," he added.
Check out more of Burden's art, featuring characters from "He-Man," "ThunderCats," and other shows, in the gallery below.