Good evening El Moochadores. Both Chudd and I love science. We may not understand it all of the time, but it makes for some great Nova documentaries and that makes for an awesome lazy Sunday! Chudd and I both like action figures too, so it is uniquely amazing to come across these actions figures made by Deviant Art contributor, Datazoid (aka Russell Gawthorpe – an Australian – try not to hold that against him…). According to Datazoid:

These little guys took between 40 minutes and 2 hours each, totalling around 50 hours of work.

I like action figures. I have a small collection of them. I’ve noticed that you can buy Albert Einstein figures, Nikola Tesla bobble-heads and The Simpsons even brought out a Stephen Hawking figure based on his appearance in an episode. However, I thought it’d be really cool if there was an entire series of them, based on all of the people who’ve contributed to our understanding of the world and the universe it sits in.

The figures are all based on Star Trek: TNG and Star Trek: DS9 figures (primarily Odo from DS9, and Picard as Dixon Hill from TNG), and have been heavily modified in Photoshop using Liquify and a great deal of digital painting. Unfortunately, the figures aren’t real. I wish they were.

I realise there are a *lot* of scientists that I’ve missed! I did make a few rules for who I’d include in this selection, which are:

the scientist must have been alive at some point in the 20th century. This is a practical consideration, as it really narrows the field down, and it eliminates a lot of the more outrageously-dressed characters, allowing me to work with mostly dudes in suits.
No scientists famous for major medical breakthroughs. Primarily because medical heroes is a category all of its own, and there are hundreds to choose from. I’ve included Alexander Fleming here, because he was primarily a chemist, and because his discovery of penicillin was not a discovery made in the course of trying to cure something.

Excellent work Datazoid! The nerdy little kid in me really wants to buy a version of the Nikola Tesla and never take it out of it’s package! Y’know, so it stays “mint.” Check out the full set below and make sure to go visit Datazoid’s Deviant art page by clicking the link above!

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