Your task: take an urban vinyl toy and transform it into art, all for a good
cause. Lucasfilm presented the opportunity to artists, comic book creators, toy
designers, and celebrity fans, and the result is a project called The Empire
Muggs Back. The individual, one-of-a-kind pieces will be displayed at San Diego
Comic-Con next week and also online at Star
Wars.com before being auctioned by
the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Any Mighty Muggs collectors out there? I'm out of touch with the toy scene,
but the Wikipedia entry claims the Mighty Muggs 'resemble super deformed
versions of characters' from blockbuster movie franchises: Star
Jones, G.I. Joe, the Transformers, and Marvel Comics. Prices range from $9.99 up
to $174.99. Blank Mighty Muggs are also available, which can be customized to
the buyer's content. You'd need to really stretch your imagination to think the
Wars toys actually resembled Anakin Skywalker, C-3PO, or Chewbacca -- and
maybe that's the point. They are definitely funny-looking little things.
Hasbro donated the blanks (the white one looks kinda scary to me) and you can
see 26 samples in the image above, which amply demonstrate the creativity that
the project inspired. I especially like the TIE Fighter figure in the second
row. If you won't be in San Diego next week, check Star
Wars.com for more
upcoming pictures. As one of the artists said: 'We all had the same blank bowl
of ice cream to star
t with, now i want to see all the nerdy, nerdy toppings
everyone came up with!'