Tag Archive | Action Figure

Street Art Wall at the Second Avenue F Train Subway Stop

2nd Ave Subway Street Art
All Photos By Gail

While you can’t really help but notice this colorful wall at the entrance to the F Subway Line at Second Avenue and Houston Street, it takes a keen eye to spot the many street artist and taggers represented in this confined space. Aside from the large Skull and Demon Mural (not sure who the artist is, clues left in the comments are appreciated) displayed on the southern exposure of the Avalon Chemists building, we noticed the following:

David Bowie Tile

Black and white tile portrait of David Bowie by Zimad.

Hektad Tile Mosaic

Hektad Tile Mosaic

Gay Empire

Suckadelic Star Wars parody action figure: Gay Empire Homotrooper.

Update March 12, 2017

I walked by today and the mural has recently been changed to this vibrant abstract by JPO ART, which I like much better than the previous design. As you can see, the Hektad, Suckdelic and Zimad pieces are still intact.

2nd Ave F Train Stop

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Yes, It Exists: Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure!

Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure
Photo By Gail

Strangely enough, I found this Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure playset (“Comes with 6 Cats!”) in the gift shop at Bowers Museum in Sana Ana, CA, of all places. Buy one for yourself at the Archie McPhee website! I will leave the Googling to you!

Yes, it Exists: Donald Trump as Darth Vader

Trump Vader
Photo By Gail

No, this isn’t a mash-up tie-in for The Force Awakens and racist douche Donald Trump’s mortifying horrorshow of a campaign to win the Republican Presidential nomination; it’s an actual artwork by Seattle-based artist Michael Leavitt, that appeared in his 2103 exhibit, Empire Peaks. For this exhibit, which was shown at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC, Leavitt created action figures of celebrities, politicians, humanitarians and other famous non-fictional personalities crossed with Star Wars characters, juxtaposing the classic archetypal roles found in Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader, etc. With Trump, I think he really nailed it.

Darth Vader Doll

Darth Vader Doll
Photo By Gail

This handsome likeness of Lord Darth Vader is proudly displayed alongside a Tie Fighter and the back end of a Tauntaun in this photo that I snapped at the Museum of the Moving Image on a recent visit. Note that Vader is not merely an action figure in this case, but an official doll, suitable for cavorting with Barbie should she grow bored with Ken and wish to make a move to the Dark Side.

Jonathan Levine Gallery Presents Michael Leavitt’s Art Army Royalty


Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami and Julian Schnabel Are Part of The Art Army Royalty

Holy Cow, am I ever excited to tell you about a new art show that is must-see caliber material! The Jonathan Levine Gallery is currently hosting what may just be the coolest art exhibit in Manhattan! Michael Leavitt’s Art Army Royalty is a mind blowing collection of 11-inch ‘action figure’ sculptures based on some of the world’s most popular contemporary artists, as interpreted through their particular distinctive art medium. The detail in these miniature sculptures is just amazing. I had fun examining each one and trying to guess, based on all of the meticulous details, who it was, before looking at the name – most of the time it was easy, but not always!


Chuck Close

According to the exhibit’s Press Release, each figure is sculpted from scratch in polymer clay, surface-finished and texturized with acrylic paint and mixed media. Leavitt engineers the miniature sculptures with articulating joints, assembling moving body parts with elastic cord so that the figures can be posed. Leavitt’s Art Army is a satire on consumer culture, reducing the collector compulsion of two markets —art and product — into a miniature scale. Using the vinyl toy industry as a vehicle to convey the phenomenon of idolization and celebrity status in contemporary art and culture, Leavitt transforms the subjects into caricatures, along with the work they are best known for. Examples include portrayals of Damien Hirst as a bisected shark, Jeff Koons as a balloon animal, and Kara Walker with a paper-thin silhouette.


Matthew Barney As Depicted in His Cremaster Series Films

While Levine does not have Leavitt’s full collection on display (Ron English was conspicuously absent), you can preview what’s in store for you when you do visit the gallery at This Link. Definitely, this was the most fun I have had at an exhibit in a long time! Don’t miss it!

Michael Leavitt’s Art Army Royalty Runs through October 8, 2011 at the Jonathan Levine Gallery, located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor (West of 10th Avenue) in New York. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

Yes It Exists: Iggy Pop Action Figure!

I saw Iggy Pop perform live for the first time when he was 50 and he was fucking amazing. This Iggy Pop action figure helps to immortalize in plastic what Iggy looked like at about that age. You need to own it. Pre-order for just $14.99 right now at This Link for an estimated ship date of June 3, 2011. Oh, and you also get Free Shipping! Iggy Pop!

Thanks to Tardon at Mr. Toad’s for the Tip!