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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.

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“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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