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Vintage-Style Star Wars Packaged Squatties Characters Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:26:31

Nothing excited me more than getting a new Star Wars action figure after staring for hours at display of all the toys in the toy shop. The packaging of the original vintage Kenner carded figures etched their way into my mind, and for some time I wanted to pay homage to them. My ambition is to create a good many more Star Wars characters as Squatties. This is a selection of my character creations in their fitting retro style packaging, that will hopefully bring a smile to a Star Wars fan who shared the same experience I did as a child.

Boba Fett Star Wars Squatties paper toy character on vintage style Kenner action figure toy card

Boba Fett character. Download the free paper toy

C-3PO Star Wars Squatties paper toy character on vintage style Kenner action figure toy card

C-3PO character. Download the free paper toy

R2-D2 Star Wars Squatties paper toy character on vintage style Kenner action figure toy card

R2-D2 character. Download the free paper toy

Chewbacca Star Wars Squatties paper toy character on vintage style Kenner action figure toy card

Chewbacca. Download the free paper toy

Darth Vader Star Wars Squatties paper toy character on vintage style Kenner action figure toy card

Darth Vader. Download the free paper toy

Han Solo Star Wars Squatties paper toy character on vintage style Kenner action figure toy card

Han Solo. Download the free paper toy

Jawa Star Wars Squatties paper toy character on vintage style Kenner action figure toy card

Jawa. Download the free paper toy

Luke Skywalker Star Wars Squatties paper toy character on vintage style Kenner action figure toy card

Luke Skywalker. Download the free paper toy

Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot Star Wars Squatties paper toy character on vintage style Kenner action figure toy card

Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot. Download the free paper toy

Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Squatties paper toy character on vintage style Kenner action figure toy card

Obi-Wan Kenobi. Download the free paper toy

Stormtrooper Star Wars Squatties paper toy character on vintage style Kenner action figure toy card

Stormtrooper character. Download the free paper toy

Tusken Raider Star Wars Squatties paper toy character on vintage style Kenner action figure toy card

Tusken Raider character. Download the free paper toy

All of the characters shown are available as Squatties Paper Toys, downloadable for free from www.squatties.com

Streets of Beige 16 Bit Brawl Exhibition is Live! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:03:16

Streets Of Beige 16-Bit Brawl Group shot

The Streets Of Beige #16BitBRAWL exhibition is live. See the 16 gaming inspired artwork here

8 brand new Street Fighter characters from Squatties were created for the art event, Each week you can get you hands on a ‘vs’ pairing, the first being Ryu 'vs’ Dhalsim.

Streets Of Beige 16-Bit Brawl Ryu vs Dhalsim

Check the facebook page or over at their website www.streetsofbeige.com each Friday from 21st of March for announcement of the next duo.

 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:39:37

16-Bit Brawl Streets Of Beige Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:36:00

Street OF Beige 16-Bit Brawl preview image

In just over a week the Streets Of Beige #16BitBRAWL exhibition is going live and will feature 8 brand new characters from Squatties.

To find out what and how to get you hands on them and see other gaming themed artwork, check back here or over at their website www.streetsofbeige.com on Friday 21st of March.

You can have a preview right now, by going here

 Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:09:41

Star Wars Paper Toys Character Update (2013) Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:52:00

There’s a long way to go until I can mimic the back of a vintage Star Wars Kenner toy figure card, but the aim is to get there, or at least a fair bit closer, one (or three) characters at a time.

The complete updated Star Wars Squatties characters.

The complete updated Star Wars Squatties characters.

3 new Star Wars themed Squatties were added this year, taking the total up to 12. Each character from the lineup is available to download as paper toy from the website. (Links below). The range now includes: Luke Skywalker (Tattooine), Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot Uniform), Tusken Raider (Sand Person), Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Jawa, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Darth Vader (Defeated by the Emperor), Stormtrooper, C-3PO and R2-D2.

Luke Skywalker in X-Wing fighter pilot uniform character paper toy template

One of the new Squatties Paper Toys. Luke Skywalker in X-Wing fighter pilot uniform Available from www.squatties.com

New Paper Toy Character Dan Bull Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:54:00

It’s Dan Bull. The British geek rapper and vlogger, in the Squatties form.

Dan Bull paper toy character model render

If you don’t already know of him, Dan writes songs about the internet, computer games, and other issues that Justin Bieber tends to avoid.

You can get your very own Dan Bull paper toy from the website, and when you finished there you you can listen to his awesomely clever raps on his YouTube channel.

His work is seriously worth looking into. He gives his albums away for free on his website but If I was you, I’d pay the menial £5 and rest assured you are supporting and promoting independent UK talent.

Dan. Bull character paper toy template

The Dan Bull Squatties Paper Toy. Available from www.squatties.com

Zombie Apocalypse Characters WEDF 5-9 book Sat, 14 Dec 2013 02:33:00

I recently extended my range of zombie characters on the lead up to Halloween 2013. Adding zombified scientist, trucker, hoody, beef cake, inmate, nurse in scrubs, biker and a lone survivor.

Zombie character paper toys rendered

Zombie appreciation isn’t really seasonally specific these days, especially now with zombie/infected themes dominating all corners of the media, all year round. With video game franchises such as Dead Rising, The Walking Dead graphic novel, tv show and spin off games, blockbuster movie releases like World War Z and even exhilarating survival street games like 2.8 Hours Later or organised zombie street parades. There are even dedicated blogs such as The Zombie Research Society, discussing zombie science, survival and culture. The zombie enthusiasts needs are thoroughly tendered to.

We seem to be insatiably fascinated by the topic, and I share that fascination and morbid curiosity, as it’s a very rich source of inspiration and great platform for creativity. At times I think the Squatties could exist entirely on zombified people alone, and it’s very tempting to keep going with them, but for now the new 8 characters in this gruesome wave will have to do. Fear not though, there is unfinished business here, so expect more in 2014.

Zombie paper toy characters in Cinema4d render

Cinema4d render of the Zombie Apocalypse scene.

With such a bumper group of characters I had enough content to create the second digital diorama showcase scene. The image centres on the fight of the lone survivalist, fleeing and hacking at the zombified horde, lurk in the middle of a desolated and post apocalyptic night time street, looking for prey.

Zombie character scene in West of England Design forum 5-9 book

My page in the West of England Design forum 5-9 book.

I was so pleased with the resulting image that I submitted it to The West Of England Design Forum’s 5-9 book; a showcase of art and design created outside of the paid 9-5 job. This work fits snugly into that category as it is entirely self motivated, made for passion and not profit. I’m very delighted to have made the cut to be chosen as one of the 50 creatives. The limited edition book launched on the 5th of December 2013 at The Big Chill Bar in Bristol.

The 8 Zombie character paper toys

The 8 Zombie paper toys

All new characters are available from the paper toy page of the website. Download and make them if you’re feeling crafty, and want to add some gruesome to your flat surfaces. As a special bonus, I have also made the scene available to use as a high definition desktop wallpaper.

Enjoy

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Customisable Gromit Paper Toy Template [download] Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:50:00

customisable Gromit paper toy template

Get the customisable Gromit Squattie from this link

Get warmed up for http://www.gromitunleashed.org.uk/ this summer.

Enjoy!

B. Dolan Sun, 03 Mar 2013 14:25:00

B. Dolan's image of his Squattie paper toy

After what can only be describe as one of the best hip-hop gigs ever, in Bristol’s compact former ‘The Cooler’ venue for Scroobius Pip and B. Dolan back on the 4th November 2011, I went away inspired and made the duo in Squattie form and got tweeting.

B. Dolan responded to the tweeted image of himself and the ball got rolling on a promo Squattie to promote his various web links.

the B. Dolan paper toy template

The Squattie on his website and has offered his fans to ‘build a beard’ by downloading the cubic version of himself. Downloaded fromwww.bdolan.net right now.

LONGPLAYA SEE NO EVIL EVENT Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:39:00

In the Summer of 2012 my Banksy Squattie became (a very small) part of the UK’s largest permanent street art project See No Evil in Bristol, at the Long Playa art installation (and subsequent charity auction).

The Banksy Squattie character in plywood

My original piece, a 2 meter tall character never quite got finished, and got a bit battered in transit, so I made a plywood replica, which turned out to be a lot more manageable size. It sold for £325, and all the money went to local charities Knowle West Media Centre and the Trinity Community Arts centre. I’m still awaiting the good-karma return on that one.

The auctioning of the Banksy Squattie piece

The auctioning of the piece. Photo by Sofia Bianca, from her blog post about the auction.

You can make your very own Banksy in monkey mask disguise from the paper toy section of the website

WALLACE GROMIT Tue, 03 Jul 2012 12:05:00

Wallace and Gromit paper toy characters on cheeseboard

The kind folks over at Aardman caught wind of the Wallace & Gromit Squatties I made in July 2012 and gave me a mention on their official: Facebook page

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