Robots by Eric Joyner

Pop culture collides in artist Eric Joyner’s paintings of robots, space rockets and monsters. Autobots battle Deceptacons in a grand arena, Robby the Robot plays the blues, Godzilla takes on King Kong and robots play, fight and contemplate life.

The Final Blow by Eric Joyner
Universe Car by Eric Joyner

You can check out more of Eric Joyner’s work via his website and please don’t forget to like Killer Kitsch on Facebook and follow me on Twitter @killer_kitsch for the latest geeky updates on current and retro movies, television, toys, games, art, anime and pop culture!

3 Robots by Eric Joyner
The Collator by Eric Joyner

“I was born in San Mateo, a suburb of San Francisco. My childhood was fairly uneventful, doing the usual things most kids did, reading comics (mostly Mad, Creepy, Eerie and newspaper comic strips), playing sports, and going to school, as well as drawing and painting.”

Just Another Day In LA by Eric Joyner

“In 2000, after years of painting other people’s pictures, I made the decision to only paint things that I liked. Four series of paintings of different subjects were started; they were: San Francisco urbanscapes, paintings of old newspaper cartoons characters, Mexican masks, and last but not least, Japanese tin (toy) robots.”

Sunken Treasure by Eric Joyner
Looking For Trouble by Eric Joyner

“Armed with a small collection of tin robots and spaceships I began painting them in earnest. In attempt to bring them to life without loosing their charm, I showed them where they belonged: outer space. By 2002 the paintings were looking good, but they still needed something to play off of… perhaps a nemesis.”

Fall Outing by Eric Joyner
Blues Machine by Eric Joyner

“After a month or so of searching for a ‘nemesis’ I had an epiphany while watching the movie ‘Pleasantville.’ In one of the scenes, Jeff Daniels paints a still life of…donuts. With thoughts of Wayne Thiebaud’s pastries always close at hand, it wasn’t difficult to see the battle scene of robots retreating from 300-foot tall donuts when I went to bed that night. The rest, as they say, is history.”

Too Many Choices II by Eric Joyner
Melee by Eric Joyner

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The amazing artwork of Kai-Xiang Xhong

Kai-Xiang Xhong, also known as 鍾凱翔 makes beautiful and imaginative things from usually disposable materials such as card, drinking straws and fruit. His constructs come in all shapes and sizes and cover diverse subjects including movies, TV, animals, dinosaurs and pop culture. I’ve picked out a few pieces, from his huge body of work, that call out to my inner geek.

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Cardboard Optimus Prime by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong
Cardboard Optimus Prime by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong

You can find more by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong via his Facebook page and YouTube.

Card Optimus Prime by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong
Card Optimus Prime by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong

Card Optimus Prime by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong

Cardboard Iron-Man by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong
Cardboard Iron-Man by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong
Cardboard Godzilla by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong
Cardboard Godzilla by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong
Drinking straws Alien by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong
Drinking straws Alien by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong

Drinking straws Alien by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang XhongBanana Alien by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong

Rubber Tubing Jack Skellington by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong
Rubber Tubing Jack Skellington by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong
Beetle specimens Mazinkaiser by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong
Beetle specimens Mazinkaiser by 鍾凱翔 Kai-Xiang Xhong

Retro toys and apparel by the Minion-Factory

Phil Postma has been a character designer for over 20 years in TV animation working on projects such as Flash Gordon and The Mask: Animated Series. His body of work can only be described as super geeky cool and can be seen over on his blog at the Minion-Factory.

The sheer quantity of quality illustrations would fill many articles, so I have picked out my favourite packaging and action figure re-designs from classic lines such as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Star Wars, Marvel’s Secret Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Six Million Dollar Man. If you feel like supporting an artist today go grab one of the many Minion-Factory t-shirt designs available at Redbubble.

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Minion Factory Masters of the Universe Faker Overoos
Minion Factory Doctor Doom Marvel Secret Wars Overoos
Minion Factory Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun
Minion Factory Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Krang's Android Body
Minion Factory The Six Million Dollar Man - The Bionic ManMinion Factory The Six Million Dollar Man - Oscar Goldman

Minion Factory The Six Million Dollar Man - MaskatronMinion Factory The Six Million Dollar Man - Bigfoot

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Krang oversized belt buckle by Christopher Genovese’s Freakshop

For Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles fans, and those that love the retro look, this Krang belt buckle by Christopher Genovese is totally radical. Dude.

Available on-line from his Etsy Freakshop, this item is cast in urethane resin from an original clay sculpture, hand-painted, and hard-coated with polyurethane clear coat. It can also be mounted for wall display or included with small easel for display on your shelf of wondrous items. Cowabunga!

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Vintage Star Wars Action Figures 24KT Gold Edition

What do you do with beat up Star Wars figures? Make a 24KT Gold Edition, that’s what.

Facebook user, and Star Wars collector, Achim Khalil Ritz has taken the first 12 vintage Star Wars Figures and given them a spray of the finest shiny gold metallic paint. Looks like a million bucks to me.

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Kung Fury – An Over-the-top 80s Style Action Comedy

Kung Fury is an indie over-the-top action comedy that has it’s foundation in 80s cop movies. Combining elements from 1980s games, pop culture and fist pumping music the team at Laser Unicorns have produced this awesome crowd funded movie. Think Hobo with a Shotgun & Planet Terror mixed with Streets of Rage & Time Bandits.

Highlights include a Nintendo Power Glove & ZX Spectrum (with Microdrives) time hacking scene, talking dinosaurs, an 80s cartoon homage, the killer robot arcade machine,  David Hasselhoff and an epic final (?) battle sequence that will literally kick you in the balls.  Check out the Kung Fury Website & Facebook Page for updates and behind the scenes photos and videos and watch the movie below!

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“Kung Fury is a renegade 80s cop from Miami. Furys precinct is destroyed by the dangerous criminal and master of Kung-Fu – Adolf Hitler aka Kung Führer. With the help of a hacker, Kung Fury aims to travel back in time to Germany in 1940, planning to kill Hitler and end the Nazi empire once and for all. But something goes wrong and our protagonist ends up in the Nordic land of Asgard kicking off this amazing adventure.”

Directed by David Sandberg.
Produced by Laser Unicorns, Lampray and Salmon Fox.
Cinematography by: Linus Andersson, Martin Gärdemalm, Jonas Ernhill and Mattias Andersson.
Aerial Cinematography by: Henning Sandström.
VFX by: David Sandberg, Klas Trulsson, Simon Tingell and Jimmy Sahlin.
Starring: David Sandberg, Joanna Häggblom, Leopold Nilsson, Andreas Cahling and Per-Henrik Arvidius.

Tom’s Vintage Toys

Tom’s Vintage Toys – 1127 Lincolnway E, Mishawaka, Indiana is an independent toy store and treasure trove of all things collectable.

The stock is like a flashback in time with more cool retro boxed items than I have seen outside of a museum or dedicated collection. You can find Tom’s Vintage Toys on Facebook. No mail order so be prepared for a road trip (in a big van). Permission to drool, granted.

Tom's Vintage Toys
Tom's Vintage Toys
Tom's vintage Toys
Tom's Vintage Toys
Tom's Vintage Toys
Tom's Vintage Toys
Tom's Vintage Toys
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Lost in Space Robot by Remco 1966. Danger, Danger!

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Modern Fossils for Retro Fans.

These modern fossils are made from actual archaic technology that was once cutting-edge. Most of these examples were discovered in the United States, although the various species are represented all over the world.

Crafted by Christopher Locke and available from his website The Heartless Machine.

“It has been shown recently that the true demise of most of these specimens came from runaway consumerism and wastefulness at the high end of the food chain.”

First seen around 1989, this Dexteludicrum (or Game Boy) has been found throughout the world. The Dexteludicrum obviously shares some of the same traits as Dominaludus, but includes some extra components.

Anaticula persequor is more commonly known as “Duck Hunt Gun” or “Nintendo Zapper.” This specimen is seen most often alongside Dominaludus nintendicus, although it is unclear exactly what their relationship was. Fossil records imply that this species was an isolated occurrence, seemingly without a predecessor or any significant offspring.

First appearing around 1900, this “rotary phone” stuck around for a long time. Although the circumdactylos has since become almost extinct, it is still a recognizeable icon, and images of it are still common today.

The “Boom Box” has predominantly been found in very close proximity to Asportatio acroamatis, and it seems possible that it is a distant relative of Ambulephebus sonysymphonia.

There are more designs, and inventive descriptions, available to purchase from the website.

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Vintage Star Wars Toy Store Window Display.

Wow, if I had a time machine I probably shouldn’t go back in time just to drool at this window but I probably would. When local Toy Stores were the place to be and sales were booming thanks to a little movie franchise called ‘Star Wars’.

Darth Vader visited this store, the kids (and adults) must have gone wild!

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