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This crazy cool mural is the work of artist Robert Burden who created it as a tribute to the classic Kenner toys. The images represent both action figures and vehicles from the vintage toy collection (click to enlarge).

It took him 2,000 hours and 18 months to create the 15′ x 8′ mural as an oil painting. There are a few symbolic images that are a nod to the influences that helped create Star Wars (like Yul Brynner in The Magnificent Seven) as well as some newer toys, but it’s mostly old-school.

You’ll be able to see it live at Star Wars Celebration next month and even pick up a 36″ x 24″ print from Burden’s online store. If you’ve got deep pockets and a lot of wall space, then buy the original for $200,000.

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These sculptures are both beautiful and eerie at the same time. They’re the work of artist Ellen Jewett who blends plants and animals into sculptures. She calls her work “natural history surrealist sculpture” and it not only involves a blending of different aspects of nature, but a blending of materials. She strives to use locally-sourced materials combined with negative space to create her works of art.

See more examples after the break.

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Japanese teenager Rena Rena drew a beautiful version of Frozen‘s Elsa on the chalkboard at school and it went viral in Japan. It’s been several months since a photo of her work made the rounds and now she is a paid professional. She just made the cover to the latest book by fantasy author Miyuki Miyabe.

The new book, The Castle of Kingdom Gone, is about to be released and it has a gorgeous drawing created by Rena Rena as the jacket art. It features a beautiful castle in the same style as the chalkboard art she drew at school.

See more pictures, including the jacket cover, after the break.

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These fantastic, hangable light art boxes by Etsy seller The Daily Robot are a unique way to decorate your home. They feature characters like Samus Aran, Mega Man, and Master Chief in laser-engraved acrylic with brightly colored LEDs. They’re available in limited runs so they’re both beautiful and unique collectibles that add a nerdy glow to any room.

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If you’ve wondered what ever became of Charlie Brown after spending his childhood as the ultimate underdog, Deviant Artists Max Dunbar, Vitali Iakovlev and Sean Ellery have given us a glimpse – and it’s a pretty good bet that nobody’s going to screw with him now.

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Some folks might look at monsters and think that they’re all about destruction, but that’s not true. All monsters, from the old-school kraken to the radioactive Godzilla, are just misunderstood.

Artist Teo Zirinis understands that all monsters need some love, and his latest art series, “Monster Issues”, showcases just how vulnerable monsters can be.

Check out some more examples after the break…

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Sometimes, you just have to stop and appreciate really amazing art, so take a minute and soak in these pieces by Orlando Arocena.

Arocena’s Vector Art Alien tribute poster was part of a recent collection celebrating the 35th anniversary of the film. It’s nice to see his take on some of our other favorite movies.

Head after the break to see some of his incredible work.

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When Brian Flynn wanted to give his girlfriend Manini the perfect gift for Valentine’s day, he enlisted the help of illustrator Dylan Bonner.

I want our relationship to be as epic and timeless as the animations we grew up on, so I decided to have us painted into some famous Disney scenes and surprise her for Valentines Day. It’s been a secret for 3 months, and I can’t wait to show her!

Bryan shared the drawings, along with real life pictures of he and Manini to show off just how great Dylan’s work is. The results are gorgeous.

I’m pretty sure his girlfriend is going to be thrilled. I know I would be.

Check out the pictures after the break.

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Stop-motion videos require an insane amount of patience (if you’ve seen Ben Wyatt’s “Requiem for a Tuesday” then you know what I’m talking about), and you can tell that animator Jon Rolph is a man that knows how to take his time.

In the following clip, Rolph reproduced a Mondrian painting with LEGO bricks, only he made it look like he’s painting each LEGO piece by hand. Very clever concept.

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Created by Cherry Garcia

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