Oct 8th 2009 By: Laura Hudson
Artist Robert Burden has painted a nostalgic series of portraits based around the action figures he played with as a child in the 1980s, including characters from Marvel and DC Comics, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "He-Man" and "Voltron." As he explains on his website
"My current paintings are epic 'portraits' of the small action figures that I played with as a boy. I remember these figures as being magnificent." They represented power, beauty, morality, and they captured every aspect of my imagination. As a young adult, these toys are wonderfully nostalgic, but they're no longer amazing to me. I want to depict the toys as fantastically as they were in my younger imagination."
There's also a time lapse video
of Burden painting the armored "He-Man" Battle Cat and "Voltron" pieces, which is cool, but also kind of touching when it starts plucking the nostalgic heartstrings. A small sampling of his work: