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Artist Gives 49 Famous Scientists Their Action Figures [Image]

There are action figures for everything you can imagine. Of course, there are action figures for cartoon characters, but also characters from movies and TV shows, famous athletes, and even celebrities. Heck, even Saddam Hussein got an action figure. But there's one group who hasn't gotten their due. It's time to celebrate the real heroes: scientists. That was the goal of Russell Gawthorpe (Datazoid) on DeviantArt, and he created this poster of "heroes of science" action figures. Click below to enlarge:

Here's what the artist had to say:
These little guys took between 40 minutes and 2 hours each, totalling around 50 hours of work.

I like action figures. I have a small collection of them. I’ve noticed that you can buy Albert Einstein figures, Nikola Tesla bobble-heads and The Simpsons even brought out a Stephen Hawking figure based on his appearance in an episode. However, I thought it’d be really cool if there was an entire series of them, based on all of the people who’ve contributed to our understanding of the world and the universe it sits in.

The figures are all based on Star Trek: TNG and Star Trek: DS9 figures (primarily Odo from DS9, and Picard as Dixon Hill from TNG), and have been heavily modified in Photoshop using Liquify and a great deal of digital painting. Unfortunately, the figures aren’t real. I wish they were.

I realise there are a *lot* of scientists that I’ve missed! I did make a few rules for who I’d include in this selection, which are:

the scientist must have been alive at some point in the 20th century. This is a practical consideration, as it really narrows the field down, and it eliminates a lot of the more outrageously-dressed characters, allowing me to work with mostly dudes in suits.
No scientists famous for major medical breakthroughs. Primarily because medical heroes is a category all of its own, and there are hundreds to choose from. I’ve included Alexander Fleming here, because he was primarily a chemist, and because his discovery of penicillin was not a discovery made in the course of trying to cure something.
What do you think of the action figures? Which ones would you like to own?

[Via Deviantart via Geeks Are Sexy]

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  1. INaction figures would probably be more appropriate.

  2. I think Mock posted that recently. And technically, they are all inaction figures until someone makes them move.

  3. those are kind of cool... imagine them to play with, what kind of adventures would we have...

  4. That's....actually pretty cool if you ask me.

  5. I met a Captain Kirk figureen before Christmas and a huge grin crept across my face.


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