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A book of over 80 larger-than-life 1980s toy portraits that captures details unseen during the hours of play.

WOW!  Huge thanks to everyone who pledged and made this a success so far.  I'm blown away by the support.  I'm going to keep spreading the word and sharing this project.

A 9"x6" perfect bound book collecting over 80 photos of classic toys.

For every book pre-ordered, I will be able to print at least two copies, and buy an ISBN and a UPC code.

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Inspired by a lifetime of playing with and collecting toys, I created a long-form art project celebrating action figures.  For those of us who grew up planted in front of the television on Saturday mornings, it is easy to see why our childhood heroes are still present.  From the multiplexes to the toy aisles, the stories and struggles that inspired us will never vanish.  Souls of Toys brings back those memories, and reminds you of the lost toys, those vanished to yard sales, charity boxes, or simply never purchased.

My photography captures the toys in larger-than-life images, exploring the details we missed during all the imaginary battles.  Over fifteen different toy lines are represented in this inaugural volume (including Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bucky O’Hare, and more!), and over eighty individual figures are featured.

No matter how identical the toys were hanging on the pegs, once we played with them, fought them in crossover battles, they became distinct and ours.  The chipped paint, lost weapons, names written in magic marker, and broken limbs gave the toys with souls.  Anyone can have a Boba Fett, but no one else has mine, with the paint worn off the bottom of the helmet and the missile a little loose from trying to make it fire.

The toys photographed come from many places:  my own childhood, flea markets, borrowed from friends, won on eBay, and rescued from thrift stores.   Over 550 toy portraits have been captured and a new one will be shared daily on my website.

The photography and layout for the book is finished, and will be printed as soon funding is complete.  Charles Forsman, an award-winning cartoonist, designed the front cover, and the book will be printed in the 9x6 landscape format.  Your support will allow me to print the book, and order an ISBN number and bar-code, permitting it to be sold in stores and online.  An pledge of $25 or higher guarantees a first printing along with a print.

FAQ

  • No, all the photography for the book is complete, and I have shot nearly 500 other toys. If you would like to donate or let me borrow your toys, contact me.

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  • Yes, and this is the best forum to preorder the title. I do not know how many additional titles I will be able to print, so by pledging $25 or higher, you guarantee a copy.

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  • The book will be printed in America by Publishing Xpress, a company specializing in short run books.

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  • Battle Beasts

    Captain Planet

    DC Super Powers

    Batman the Animated Series

    GI Joe

    Masters of the Universe

    Star Wars

    Thundercats

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Toxic Crusaders

    Transformers

    Voltron

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  • That is my goal. The photography, copy, and layout are all complete. All that remains is the printing.

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    You will be the sponsor for one of my pictures posted daily on Flickr, Tumblr, and my own website, once this campaign is complete. This will include your name and a link to a website (as long as it's appropriate). You will also be thanked on my website.

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    I will print out a 4x6 (my choice) of one of my toy portraits, affix a stamp to the back, and mail to you with my thanks. You will also be thanked on my website.

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    You will receive an surprise 8x10 print of a toy portrait from my collection. You will also be thanked on my website.

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    You will receive a random toy from the hundreds I have photographed. You will also be thanked on my website.

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    PREORDER THE BOOK!!! You will receive a first-edition copy of ‘Souls of Toys’, shipping included and an 8x10 print from the book. On request, the book will be signed. You will also be thanked on my website and in the book. Please add $5 for international deliveries.

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    You will receive a first-edition copy of ‘Souls of Toys’, shipping included. On request, the book will be signed. In addition, you will be able to choose 1 of 25 limited packages of a toy featured in the book and a limited signed 16x20 print of that toy. The choice of toys will be first come, first served, and the list will be in the FAQ section. You will also be thanked on my website and in the book. Please add $5 for international deliveries.

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    You will receive four copies of the book, ready to sell at your shop, along with a 16x20 print from the book, your choice from a list provided. If you are local to the South-Central Pennsylvania area, I can make an in-store signing appearance.

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    You will receive a first-edition copy of ‘Souls of Toys’, shipping included. On request, the book will be signed. In addition, you will be able to choose 1 of 10 limited packages of a toy featured in the book and a limited signed 20x30 print of that toy. The choice of toys will be first come, first served, and the list will be in the FAQ section. You will also be thanked on my website and in the book. Please add $10 for international delivery.

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    You will receive a first-edition copy of ‘Souls of Toys’, shipping included. On request, the book will be signed. I will also create a limited edition of 1 print from your favorite toy. The toy must be shipped to me and you will be the sole owner of the print forever. It will never be shown on my website or in a book. You will also be thanked on my website and in the book. Please add $10 for international delivery.

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    You will receive eight copies of the book, ready to sell at your shop, along with a 16x20 print from the book, your choice from a list provided. If you are local to the South-Central Pennsylvania area, I can make an in-store signing appearance.

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    You will receive ten first-edition copies of ‘Souls of Toys’. On request, the book will be signed. I will personally deliver the book anywhere in the lower 48 states and spend up to 4 hours on-site photographing of your toy collection. These images will never be shown on my website or in a book. You will also be thanked on my website and in the book.

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    You will receive 20 first-edition copies of ‘Souls of Toys’. On request, the book will be signed. I will personally deliver the book anywhere in the world (within reason) and spend up to 8 hours on-site photography of your toy collection. It will never be shown on my website or in a book. You will also be thanked on my website and in the book. I hold the right to chose which countries.

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