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February 19, 2011

Minimate Spotlight #40 Cannonball

Filed under: Minimate Spotlight — Donny B @ 8:57 am

Action figures have long been a perfect compliment to comic books, since every kid (or kid at heart) has that natural desire to act out adventures with their favorite heroes off the drawn page. Every so often, a unique style of figure comes along that breaks the mold, so to speak. Each Saturday, Donny B will be showcasing various offerings from Art Asylum’s take on the ‘block figure’, with a weekly spotlight on Minimates.

Cannonball is a mutant from the Marvel Universe who possesses the ability to fly at jet speeds while encased in an invulnerable force field … his ability to fly was usually portrayed as if he had a jet pack in his waist, and the flames would engulf his legs completely. To pull off the look of his powers in Minimate form, Art Asylum designed a flame-base that plugs into the body piece where the legs would normally attach. It’s a pretty effective approach, and led to a very appealing Minimate:

Behind the Image:

To pull off the look of Cannonball flying high in the air, I simply set up the Minimate on his flame-base and stood him in front of a sheet of blue paper and later added clouds via photoshop. The fun part was getting the flame-base illuminated. Since it’s made out of transparent red plastic, all I needed to do was shine a light through it. So I set the Minimate on a plate of glass and positioned a flashlight pointing straight up underneath it. A rather simple approach, but a whole lot of fun to do 🙂 

On Ebay: X-Force | Cannonball
On AtomicAvenue: X-Force

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