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I've been making giant oil paintings of my childhood action figures since 2006. Now it's time for two enormous Star Wars paintings!

About this project

Initial Funding Reached! Stretch Goal is $34k for a 3rd Star Wars Painting!

A huge thank you to all of those that have already made pledges to help the creation of two enormous Star Wars paintings. We're now in 'Stretch Goal' territory to reach $34k and create a third huge Star Wars painting. Don't forget to vote in the Tournament that is currently happening on my Facebook page! If we can reach 42k then there will be a final vote between Aliens, Indiana Jones, She-Ra, Robotech, Superman and TMNT in order to decide what will be the focus of my next enormous project after the series of Star Wars paintings is complete in 2014.

The Goal of the Project

I am determined to create my dream Star Wars action figure paintings. If I can raise my funding goal I will create my most ambitious project yet: 2 epic 10 foot x 14 foot oil paintings. 

Vote for Your Favorite Star Wars Character, Vehicle and Creature

Bracket for painting #1: Vote for a character to be the central toy figure of a massive oil painting
Bracket for painting #1: Vote for a character to be the central toy figure of a massive oil painting
Bracket for painting #1: Vote for a vehicle/creature to be the central toy figure of a massive oil painting
Bracket for painting #1: Vote for a vehicle/creature to be the central toy figure of a massive oil painting

Each painting will depict dozens of different toys from the Star Wars universe. But I want you to help me determine the central subject of each painting. In one painting a character toy will be the central subject. In the other painting a vehicle toy or creature toy will be the central subject. On my Facebook page you will be able to cast your vote for your favorite Star Wars toys in two separate brackets. (www.facebook.com/robert.burden.art)

The Costs

Creating labor-intensive paintings at this scale will truly be a massive undertaking. I have dedicated the past 7 years of my life to this body of work, and have already created more than 20 large-scale paintings depicting the action figures of my youth. But I now need your help with my most ambitious project yet!

These are the general costs:

  • oil paints
  • brushes
  • additional action figures
  • canvas
  • custom expansion bolt stretchers
  • woodworking
  • mould making
  • Uhaul transportation
  • art photography
  • framing
  • studio rent

Why I make these paintings...

In 2006 I began a series of large-scale oil paintings based upon the small action figures that I played with as a boy. I remember these figures as being magnificent. They represented power, beauty, good and evil, and they captured every aspect of my imagination. As a young adult, these toys are wonderfully nostalgic, but they're no longer amazing to me. The original toy is often framed in a shadowbox attached to the painting, acting as a modern reliquary for these figurines. The ineffability of what can turn a cheap yet coveted piece of plastic into an almost talismanic object was the original inspiration for this work. I am also motivated by the amorphous line that is drawn between imagination and reality, childhood wonder and adult practicality. Although it was sheltered and naive, there was a freedom in my childhood. It was free from the politics of race and religion. It was free from the weight of history. It was free from rhetoric and paranoia, shame and regret, cynicism and despair. There is nothing profound about commenting on the minor tragedy of losing one's innocence, or the struggle to maintain one's idealism. I just want to renew my faded sense of awe. I hope that some of my paintings can accomplish this task.

In the studio with 'The Holy Batman'
In the studio with 'The Holy Batman'

Meet the Artist

Robert Xavier Burden paints toys. Like millions of other kids, he grew up in the suburbs drawing animals, cars, and action figures. He even tried to launch his own line of baseball trading cards when he was 9 years old. It didn't work out. But the spirit hasn't changed. He now lives and works in San Francisco as an artist and part-time art teacher. 

Examples of Previous Work

"Mattel's Battle Cat", 56"x108", oil on canvas
"Mattel's Battle Cat", 56"x108", oil on canvas
"Toy Biz' Captain America", 40"x108", oil on canvas
"Toy Biz' Captain America", 40"x108", oil on canvas
"Defensor Mundi (Voltron)", (studio image)
"Defensor Mundi (Voltron)", (studio image)
Proposed Star Wars paintings will each be twice as large as this Tauntaun painting
Proposed Star Wars paintings will each be twice as large as this Tauntaun painting
"Battle Cat Statant" (studio image)
"Battle Cat Statant" (studio image)
"Soldiers of Thundera" (studio image)
"Soldiers of Thundera" (studio image)
"The Birth of a Jedi", 128"x88", oil on canvas
"The Birth of a Jedi", 128"x88", oil on canvas

SOME OF THE GIFTS...

(gifts may be combined as a single donation providing the pledge amount is equal to the amount of those combined gifts. This excludes all gifts that are limited edition)

LIMITED EDITION GICLEE PRINTS

Available as gifts for a range of pledge levels are limited edition fine art giclée prints of selected Toy Box paintings. After the limited run is gone there will not be any more prints produced of these works. Each print has been signed, numbered, stamped and placed inside of a polyethylene archival slip for protection. The paper is 16" x 20" Hahnemuhle archival fine-art paper or 36" x 24" Hahnemuhle William Turner archival fine-art paper. Each print is shipped flat in a custom print box. All domestic print sales are shipped through FedEx Ground. All FedEx packages are registered with tracking numbers and guaranteed to arrive within the estimated time of delivery (usually 3-5 business days). For quality assurance and safety reasons, packages that are not signed for will be held at the nearest FedEx depot center. All print orders outside of the United States will be shipped through the USPS.

36" X 24" fine art paper

"Battle Cat Statant" 24"x36" limited edition giclée print
"Battle Cat Statant" 24"x36" limited edition giclée print
"Defensor Mundi (Voltron)" 24"x36" limited edition giclée print
"Defensor Mundi (Voltron)" 24"x36" limited edition giclée print
"Birth of a Jedi" 24"x36" limited edition giclée print
"Birth of a Jedi" 24"x36" limited edition giclée print
"Han on Tauntaun" 24"x36" limited edition giclée print
"Han on Tauntaun" 24"x36" limited edition giclée print
"Soldiers of Thundera (Thundercats)" 24"x36" limited edition giclée print
"Soldiers of Thundera (Thundercats)" 24"x36" limited edition giclée print
"The Autobot (Optimus Prime)", 24"x36" limited edition giclée print
"The Autobot (Optimus Prime)", 24"x36" limited edition giclée print

16" x 20" fine art paper

"Foot Soldier" 16"x20" limited edition giclée print
"Foot Soldier" 16"x20" limited edition giclée print
"Krang" 16"x20" limited edition giclée print
"Krang" 16"x20" limited edition giclée print
"Snowman of Hook Mountain" 16"x20" limited edition giclée print
"Snowman of Hook Mountain" 16"x20" limited edition giclée print
"Riddler" 16"x20" limited edition giclée print
"Riddler" 16"x20" limited edition giclée print
"Serpentor" 16"x20" limited edition giclée print
"Serpentor" 16"x20" limited edition giclée print

CLOTHING

"ETERNIA" Short Sleeve T-shirt.  

This heraldic crest of Eternia depicts a rampant duel between Battle Cat and Panthor. This just might be the softest, smoothest, and best-looking T-shirt you will ever wear. Made by American Apparel and professionally silk-screened in California, this item is sure to bring the power of Grayskull to your wardrobe! 100% Fine Jersey cotton construction. Durable rib neckband. Available sizes: Medium, Large, XL

"DEFENSOR MUNDI" Long Sleeve Shirt. 

Before heading into battle against the evil forces of King Zarkon, protect yourself with the heraldry from the Ruins of the Castle of Lions. This exceptionally comfortable long sleeve T-shirt is made by American Apparel and professionally silk-screened in California. 100% Fine Jersey cotton construction. Durable rib neckband. Available sizes: Medium, Large, XL

"REBELLION" Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt.  

Join the rebellion! Proudly display the Royal Tauntaun of the Gallactic republic upon your chest. This slim-fitted sweatshirt displays the metallic silver crest of the Tauntauns, as well as a line of metallic golden stars down each sleeve. The word "REBELLION" is emblazoned beneath the hood. Made by Monster Fleece (Independent Clothing Co.) and professionally silk-screened in California, this Full Zip Hoodie will provide you with the warmth and comfort you need before your first tour of duty on Hoth! 80%cotton/20%polyester 6.5 ounce fleece. Nickel kissing zipper. Jersey lined hood. Toned down spec for a slightly fitted look.  Available sizes: Medium, Large, XL

POSTERS

Sizes: 24"x36" & 12"x18" & 36"x48"

Tauntaun Poster (available in 24"x36" and HUGE 36"x48")
Tauntaun Poster (available in 24"x36" and HUGE 36"x48")
Batman Poster (available in 24"x36" and HUGE 36"x48)
Batman Poster (available in 24"x36" and HUGE 36"x48)
Battle Cat Poster (available in 24"x36" and 12"x18")
Battle Cat Poster (available in 24"x36" and 12"x18")
Thundercats Poster (available in 24"x36" only)
Thundercats Poster (available in 24"x36" only)
Voltron Poster (available in 36"x24" and 12"x18")
Voltron Poster (available in 36"x24" and 12"x18")
Optimus Prime poster (available in 12"x18", 24"x36" and HUGE 36"x48")
Optimus Prime poster (available in 12"x18", 24"x36" and HUGE 36"x48")
Battle Cat Poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Battle Cat Poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Bionic Six Poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Bionic Six Poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Penguin poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Penguin poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Riddler poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Riddler poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Serpentor poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Serpentor poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Snowman poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Snowman poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Foot Soldier poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Foot Soldier poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Birth of a Jedi poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Birth of a Jedi poster (available in 12"x18" only)
Han on Tauntaun (available in 12"x18" only)
Han on Tauntaun (available in 12"x18" only)

ORIGINAL 8" X 8" FRAMED OIL PAINTINGS ($450 pledge)

"Dick Tracy", oil on canvas
"Dick Tracy", oil on canvas
"Fred Flintstone", oil on canvas
"Fred Flintstone", oil on canvas
"JP Velociraptor", oil on canvas
"JP Velociraptor", oil on canvas
"JP Young T-Rex", oil on canvas
"JP Young T-Rex", oil on canvas
"Cadet Hightower", oil on canvas
"Cadet Hightower", oil on canvas
"The Last Action Hero", oil on canvas
"The Last Action Hero", oil on canvas

ORIGINAL FRAMED OIL PAINTING OF KRANG ($2500 pledge)

"Playmates' Krang", canvas size: 36"x36"
"Playmates' Krang", canvas size: 36"x36"
"Playmates' Krang" (detail of frame, toy, and custom moulding)
"Playmates' Krang" (detail of frame, toy, and custom moulding)

ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING OF C3PO, BOBA FETT OR STORMTROOPER ($4000 pledge)

114 inches tall. The paintings are still in an unfinished underpainting stage in the photo below. Finished paintings will be full color.

Risks and challenges

If I can reach my funding goal then these two paintings will definitely happen. With labor-intensive work of this scale, it is always difficult to be precise in determining how long it will take to complete each painting, but I am determined to bring them to fruition as quickly as possible without compromising the integrity and ambition of the project. Although these two proposed paintings would be larger than anything else that I have already made, I feel confident that any unforeseen problems that may arise can be solved without serious delay. I have faith in this project, and I hope you will, too.

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    The force is strong with this one! $5 is tremendous! I will add your name to the Thank You page on my website. This reward will be applied to all pledge levels.

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    16"x20" giclée print of one of the final Star Wars paintings resulting from this Kickstarter.

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    Huge 48" x 36" poster print of one of the proposed 10' x 14' Star Wars paintings from this Kickstarter. (free shipping in US and Canada)

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    Huge 48" x 36" poster print of "Tauntauns" or "Optimus Prime" or "The Holy Batman" (pics of posters are down the page). After this Kickstarter is over this reward will no longer be available!

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    Limited edition Eternia shirt AND a limited edition Voltron shirt AND a limited edition Tauntaun hooded sweatshirt.

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    Signed original sketch of your favorite Star Wars character on fine art paper. (free shipping in US and Canada)

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    Any limited edition 20" x 16" giclée print. (Foot Soldier, Riddler, Krang, Snowman of Hook Mountain, Serpentor - see pics of all the prints down the page).
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    Personally inscribed high-quality sketchbook which includes one original sketch of a random Star Wars character.

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    Signed original sketch of you or someone you know as a Star Wars character.

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    36"x24" signed limited edition giclée print of the proposed 10ft x 14ft Star Wars painting resulting from the character bracket!
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    36" x 24" limited edition giclée print of 'Optimus Prime'.

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    36" x 24" limited edition giclée print of 'Birth of a Jedi' or 'Han on Tauntaun' or 'Soldiers of Thundera (Thundercats)' or 'Defensor Mundi (Voltron)'.
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    36" x 24" limited edition giclée print of 'Battle Cat Statant'. (edition of 25 but only 4 are still available- see pic of all the prints near bottom of the page)

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    Private 3-hour in-studio oil painting lesson with Rob. All materials necessary for the session will be provided (canvas, paints, brushes, snacks and beverages). Rob might be a half-witted scruffy-looking nerf herder, but he'll help you create a vision of your own. Maybe a painting of the Death Star eating french fries while Thomas Edison battles Ogopogo in Wrigley Field? Rob will help. (must be in San Francisco)

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    36" x 24" limited edition giclée print of 'The Holy Batman'. (edition of 20 - see pic of all the prints near bottom of the page)
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    'Birth of a Jedi' OR 'Han on Tauntaun' signed limited edition 36"x24" giclée print FRAMED.

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    BIG-FAN BIG-SAVER - Any two of the following 36"x24" giclée prints ('Soldiers of Thundera' or 'Defensor Mundi' or 'Han on Tauntaun' or 'Birth of a Jedi')

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    An original 8" x 8" framed oil painting of Fred Flintstone figure. (image near the bottom of this page)

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    An original 8" x 8" framed oil painting of The Last Action Hero figure. (image near the bottom of this page)

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    An original 8" x 8" framed oil painting of Jurassic Park Velociraptor figure. (image near the bottom of this page)

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    An original 8" x 8" framed oil painting of Young T-Rex figure. (image near the bottom of this page)

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    An original 8" x 8" framed oil painting of Dick Tracy figure. (image near the bottom of this page)

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    An original 8" x 8" framed oil painting of Cadet Moses Hightower figure. (image near the bottom of this page)

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    An original 12" x 12" oil painting of an action figure of your choice.
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    SUPER-FAN SUPER-SAVER - Four of the 36"x24" giclée prints (Soldiers of Thundera, Defensor Mundi, Han on Tauntaun, Birth of a Jedi) and your choice of any four 16"x20" giclée prints (Serpentor, Riddler, Snowman of Hook Mountain, Foot Soldier, Krang).

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    Original concept sketch for proposed 10' x 14' Star Wars painting (character bracket).

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    Original concept sketch for proposed 10' x 14' Star Wars painting (vehicle/creature bracket).

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    The $5 reward plus a 36 inch by 36 inch Krang ORIGINAL oil painting (framed with figures - near bottom of the page)

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    114" x 22" ORIGINAL oil painting of C3PO in profile (image of the unfinished painting is below. finished version will be full color)

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    114" x 21" ORIGINAL oil painting of Stormtrooper in profile (image of the unfinished painting is below. finished version will be full color)

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    114" x 30" ORIGINAL oil painting of Boba Fett in profile (image of the unfinished painting is below. finished version will be full color)

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    ORIGINAL oil painting on a 5 ft x 7 ft canvas. The painting will depict a toy theme of your choice. Rob will create 4 initial concept sketches for the project and will personally consult with you before he begins the painting.

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Funding period

- (30 days)