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19 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s BurtOnZ

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BurtOnZ by Donnie & Harantula is an intriguing mashup, showing classic Tim Burton characters in the roles of the Wizard of Oz cast. It’s a silly idea, but since the character comparisons are pretty apt it ends up being really successful. Bony Jack Skellington steps in as the Scarecrow, the Corpse Bride becomes Dorothy, Edward Scissorhands is more metal than ever as the Tin Man, and even Beetlejuice gets into the act, his wild hair making him a good fit for the Cowardly Lion. Extra points for including Frankenweenie as Toto! I think there’s a lot of appeal in this because it’s kind of an all-stars lineup of Burton’s movies- you really don’t need to be much of a fan of Oz to dig it (although that helps). That said, it’s not a perfect design- I think a more organic beginning to the road (instead of that harsh sharp line) and some work to either incorporate the title lettering more with the art (or at least make it more interesting) would have raised the illustration’s level even further. Still, this will be a tough one for Tim Burton fans to resist!

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04 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Bruce Leego

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Bruce Leego by PabloGP is a great design at Pampling. What I like about this piece is that, while the name pun does work, the artist doesn’t stop there- there’s also a lot of humor in the way the usually stiff minifig suddenly has all the flexibility and athleticism of Bruce Lee. It’s such an active pose, really feeling like the character is in motion and his solid plastic has become fluid and powerful. Plus, that sound effect onomatopoeia is great – it makes me want to shout WATAA!

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18 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Spielworld

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Movie buffs should be pleased with Spielworld by Marcin at Pampling. This design re-imagines one of the most memorable cinematic moments of all time, pulling back the camera from ET’s moonlit bike ride to show a whole cast of classic Spielberg characters looking on. In that second, the viewer is united with the scene because you’re doing the same thing they are- watching movie history being made. It feels magical, and it’s fun to let your eyes explore the shadows to discover each reference. While having ET himself watch is kind of a weird choice to me, I love that Spielberg himself is in the mix. Plus, Jaws poking his nose just past the tree line is a funny, unexpected moment.

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26 November 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Pampling’s Flagrante

Flagrante by Baruya is a recent print at Pampling, putting a neat spin on the Disney-fication of mice. The design calls attention both to the insane proportions of Mickey and the true nature of the mouse itself, as a scavenging, sneaky little food stealer rather than an adorable, friendly cartoon. I wouldn’t go as far as to call this rendition a complete success (it would have been nice to see cheeses featured prominently in the foods being nabbed), but it’s funny and easily recognizable.

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31 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Run Alice Run

Run Alice Run! by StudioM6 is new at Pampling, turning Alice in Wonderland into a creepy horror story. The Cheshire Cat’s smile becomes the woods itself, leaving poor Alice to run ineffectually from a villain who is nowhere and everywhere all at once. I love the moody, grey look of the piece- very much in contrast to the crazy, stylized colors usually associated with the story. It feels like we’re getting a peek at the kind of real life situation that might have inspired bits of the famous story, being lost and scared and seeing faces everywhere you turn. Surprising how well the gaps between trees read as teeth!

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28 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s The Island

The Island by Tedboundy is a Pampling release that really caught my eye. At first glance I interpreted it a great deal more evilly than was intended, thinking that the whale had disguised himself in order to make a meal of shipwrecked sailors. But of course looking at the design more closely, it’s clear that nothing is sinking- these are whaling boats, and it’s the tails of unlucky whales that I was seeing in the distance, not bits of ships. And really, both are pretty fun ideas but ultimately unimportant. The fun of this shirt is in the whale character, and his satisfaction at how well he’s implemented this disguise. I’m a big fan of how clean and crisp the style is.

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13 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Curious Fish

Curious Fish by Cib is a great tee at Pampling that, if you’ll excuse the expression, does a really nice job of telling a fish out of water tale. Every piece of the design does its job admirably, from the wide-eyed fish (bright red to ensure he’s the first thing you see) to the determined stance of the scuba suit as it marches forward. Even the environment does something interesting, mixing real with surreal by using layers of precisely vectored lines and realistic texture and shadow. This is some seriously good stuff!

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