If you’ve ever wanted to see what Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Winnie the Pooh would look like before battling in the Thunderdome, look no further than Japanese artist Y. Nakajima’s Badland Models, which takes some of pop culture’s most classic characters and reimagines them as bloodthirsty, post-apocalyptic survivors. From a list compiled by Ranker user Crystal Brackett, you can check out a gallery of Nakajima’s work below.
According to Brackett’s list, she describes Nakajima as an artist who “makes models of iconic characters in Mad Max style. Nakajima takes legendary characters from an array of Japanese and American series and throws them directly into the middle of a dingy desert hellscape. The artist takes what were once cute and nostalgia-inducing action figures and modifies them to be realistic and creepy apocalypse toys. Badland Models will both inspire and haunt you with dirty, badass renditions of models of characters in the apocalypse.”
All of Nakajima’s works are collected on a blog he runs, and he’s also pretty active on Twitter. But the strangest thing you’ll find while looking through his work is a YouTube page with videos that range from demonstrations of his sculptures to these really odd 3D animation videos, many revolving around the exploits of Thomas the Tank Engine. I don’t know what to make of it, to be totally honest, but I know it’s brilliant.
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Images: Y. Nakajima, Badland Models