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Artomatic, the gargantuan art free-for-all (1000 artists!), recently closed in DC. I went five times and never saw all ten floors. One “trend” I saw in the art was the use of action figures, dolls parts, and toys in a lot of the work. One guy used the doors of vintage refrigerators, torn open as if in an explosion, to reveal hundreds of monochromatically-painted action figures blasting from the “wound.” I don’t know what it is, but I think I like it!

From the Tokyo Show 2008 comes a different take on action figure art,this one a 20′ Ultraman built from thousands of Ultraman action figures.

Giant Ultraman is made of ten thousand Ultramen

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • Anonymous

    What, exactly, is “Utlraman”?

    Ultraman I know, but not Utlraman (how would you even pronounce that?).

  • James

    It would be pronounced “Utlraman”

  • Anonymous

    “What, exactly, is “Utlraman”?

    Ultraman I know, but not Utlraman (how would you even pronounce that?).”

    you’re an idiot