You might know artist Robert Burden for his gigantic, gorgeous paintings of ’80s action figures and/or the timelapse videos he makes of him painting them. Well, I don’t want to rock your world, but Burden has made another gigantic, gorgeous painting of some ’80s action figures, and he made another timelapse video, too. The action figures in question are the original ThunderCats toys, the painting is called “Soldiers of Thundera,” which is a massive 6 ft x 11 ft (unframed), and “took about 1000 hours of work time spread out over seven months” according to Burden himself. One day, when Topless Robot makes me rich, I will commission my own painting from Burden, which will undoubtedly be of Masters of the Universe. Bloggers get rich, right? That’s a thing that happens?
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.