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Retro awesome: Tumblr artist give 300 iconic game, TV and film characters an 80s-style makeover

Paul Robertson could be a genius. Over on his Tumblr page, Robertson has completed (we believe) a series of gaming, TV and film drawings called “Taito Style Sprites”. Robertson has drawn 300 extremely well-known personalities in the style of Eighties arcade characters, with breathtaking results.

“Bubble Bobble was the first game I ever played in the arcades and it pretty much decided what my career was going to be. So I thought I’d try out some Taito inspired characters. There’s 100 all up :)”

The Golden Girls, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Street Fighter IV, Hulk Hogan, Shrek, Robocop, Captain Planet and the bleeding Kool-Aid Man all feature. Stop working on that mind-numbing presentation and try to name them all.

Taito created Bubble Bobble, the world’s first authentic dinosaur bubble-blowing simulator, and Robertson has modelled his characters after the kawaii, blocky look of these smiling reptiles. Can you name all 300? Spoiler alert: we did. Don’t forget to visit Robertson’s Tumblr, as it’s filled with beautifully drawn retro art.

Click to view the entire sheet of 300 Taito Style Sprites

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Author Bio

Steven Norris: grumpy curmudgeon
Steven Norris is a born writer, living in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town and educated in the ways of graphic design but destined to follow in the footsteps of the worlds greatest authors. He has had many years of experience as an SEO copywriter, learning the ropes the hard way before... More