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icon_uk ([personal profile] icon_uk) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2011-08-27 01:35 pm

My latest commission - The Joker's new hobby - toy collecting?

I can't decide on whether to call this one

"Where does he get those Wonderful Toys Boys?"

or "Don't do that! You won't be 'Mint on Card'!"

Al Bigley has been on my radar for quite some time now. As well as being the artist on the independent comic "Geminar", he's done a lot of commercial work that would be instantly recognisable to most, including the packaging art for much of the Batman Animated Series action figure cards.

I love his style, and over time I've obtained a couple of pieces that he did, a sketchcard and a BTAS Robin piece, but I've never commissioned him myself.

So when I decided to take that plunge, I thought it might be fun to play with his toy-card designing past, head towards the meta-textual a little, and have the Joker decide that, since Batman has all those wonderful toys, he should have a one-of-a-kind collectable action figure too!

You know I say that artists seem to enjoy my pieces, and it shows? Well, Al seems to have had a BALL doing this one, the level of detail is INSANE! Much more than I could have hoped for (He even included the logo from Robin's old solo stories from the 1950's!). The trap is lethal, whimiscal and very evocative of the 1970's era (Seriously this is cover art level work IMHO), that's one terrific Joker there, and Robin is in fine form, playing the helpless hostage is for OTHER sidekicks, he's going to get free if it kills him!

Al actually put together a great piece on his blog about the process from start to finish, which I thoroughly recommend

And for legality, the cover of Gotham Adventures #3, which features a mocked up action figure card for a toy set I dearly wish they had made!

mola_ram: let's put a smile on that face (Default)

[personal profile] mola_ram 2011-08-27 12:51 pm (UTC)(link)
just.. WOW!

Absolutely agree with you that this is cover art level work
The ton of details, the perfectly captured style, the idea to begin with...

Personally I'd go with the toyboys line.
So, what, and how small parts do Robin have, seeing as the joker took his utilitybelt?
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[personal profile] nezchan 2011-08-27 02:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Perhaps a "choking hazard" warning?
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[personal profile] pallas_athena 2011-08-27 02:08 pm (UTC)(link)
This is AMAZING. Love the details and the Joker's characteristic pose.

[personal profile] nemryn 2011-08-27 03:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh my, that really is cover-quality stuff. The 'Real suffocation action!' is a nice Joker touch, too.
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[personal profile] bradygirl_12 2011-08-27 03:51 pm (UTC)(link)
I agree about the detail. Fantastic!

'With real suffocation action!' That Joker is such a card!

I love the Batman and Gray Ghost toys, too. :)
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[personal profile] star_of_airdrie 2011-08-27 06:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Incredible commission! Love, love the detail!

The title has to be the 'Mint on Card' one - appealing to a true collector!

(Note Icon: My son's Imaginext Batcave came with Robin DOUBLE zip tied in!)
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[personal profile] star_of_airdrie 2011-08-27 07:25 pm (UTC)(link)
My sister-in-law and I couldn't stop laughing when we realized that Robin was double zip tied in as opposed to other figs. I have to say I thought of you when I took the pic.

Oh, I don't influence him at all with his toy choices at all ;-) ('Remember, it can be 'our' toy, Mommy') As an avid toy collector myself, he's on his way to a very impressive collection. Thank Heaven for eBay!
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)

[personal profile] nezchan 2011-08-28 05:04 am (UTC)(link)
I can't believe nobody's mentioned his Kung-Fu Grip!

Well, until now that is.

[personal profile] whitesycamore 2011-08-28 04:44 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't think that I as a kid would've needed much active encouragement to fondle Robin's thighs.

I think the passive encouragement of them merely existing would have been enough for me.

[personal profile] whitesycamore 2011-08-28 04:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Scratch that, just looked at that link and the toy is FUNNY LOOKING, and most probably possessed.
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[personal profile] riddler13 2011-08-29 02:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Cover material, indeed!