RICHARD DIXON TOY PHOTO DESIGN STUDIOS
             RICHARD DIXON TOY PHOTO DESIGN STUDIOS 

RICHARD DIXON

TOY PHOTO DESIGN STUDIO

Welcome to the Studio......

Photography and Design for the UK Toy Industry and Children's Comics 

We have been in the production of creative images for over thirty years.........

 

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Creative images for a whole world of the imagination.....

 

 

The Studio provides a creative photography and visual design service for magazine advertising and display . 

Our main Clients are from the Toy Industry and Children's Comics Publishing in the UK .

 

The business covers the last thirty years on large and small projects both in the studio and on location .

 

The Studio is also the home of Richard Dixon's Childrens Photo Story Adventures - SEASTAR 5 INVADERS FROM THE ABYSS and SINBAD GOLD RAIDER HEROES .

 

If you like what we do and have any questions about our work..... please email us at the studio with your details ......richarddixontoyp@btinternet.com  

 

We respond to emails within 24 hours .

 

We hope you enjoy your visit to our site.....and keep us on your radar to visit us again soon.....

 

 

 

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OUR LATEST WORK ON RELEASE....

SEASTAR 5 - JANUARY 2019

NOW WITH OVER 74,000 VIEWERS.....

 

SEASTAR 5 INVADERS FROM THE ABYSS......

 

This is a specially created Photo Story Underwater Adventure Saga for Children in nine episodes .

 

The story was written by Richard Dixon in October 2012 and then created two years later into a Digital Model Animation , fully illustrated Photo Story Format , all the current episodes are available to view on this web site......see the top left menu on this home page.....

 

So far the SEASTAR 5 project has received over 74,000 viewers to look at this underwater adventure Sci-Fi photo story series made in the north of England at TPD STUDIOS  .

 

With increased public awareness of SEASTAR 5 INVADERS FROM THE ABYSS being shown in the production .

We have decided to reach out to the professional media world to see what they think of our little production .

We are awaiting feedback from the Industry to see if there is enough interest in the project to take it any further at the present time .

 

 

SEASTAR 5 EPISODE 10 - THE MAN FROM LEMURIA ....Begins production in the UK .

 

Sample images previews - available now....check out the left side episode menu on this page for The Man From Lemuria .

 

Updates coming soon on progress....release date Episode Ten - December 2019...

 

SEASTAR 5 arrives on You Tube in a few months time .......

 

 

 

 

Above.....SEASTAR 5 gains its first newspaper article ....dateline 3 APRIL 2018...in England.....Lancashire Blackpool Evening Gazette .

 

 

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OUR LATEST WORK.....

IN PRODUCTION 2019.....

SINBAD GOLD RAIDER HEROES....

 

Our latest Children's Adventure story series has been inspired by the Arabian Knights stories of Sinbad the Sailor .

The story will be called " SINBAD GOLD RAIDER HEROES " and will again be produced in a digital photography artwork - model animation techniques format .

 

Production has now started on this new story for a release on the web later this year , or early 2020....

 

Please keep us on your radar for updates coming very soon to this web site .

 

 

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30 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESIGN BY RICHARD DIXON ......

 

We launch a new section on the web site...check it out on the left side menu.....a look at our work in the UK Toy Industry and Children's Comics covering the last thirty years . Our work with Kenner Toys - Bluebird Toys - Hasbro Toys - Mattel Toys - Marvel Comics - Panini Comics - Titan Comics - Toontastic Comics - Cartoon Network Comic - Warner Bros . Looney Toons and many more......

 

 

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NEW FOR 2019....MORE ACTION MAN PHOTO STORY ADVENTURES.....WILL APPEAR ON THE WEB SITE VERY SOON.....CHECK THEM OUT FOR A WHOLE WORLD OF ADVENTURE

 

 

ACTION MAN IMAGES COPYWRITE MARVEL COMICS UK AND PANINI COMICS UK - ACTION MAN COPYWRITE HASBRO TOYS UK .

 

WE UPDATE OUR WEBSITE WITH NEW ITEMS FROM OUR PORTFOLIO FILES EVERY FEW MONTHS...

GI JOE ACTION FORCE - HASBRO TOYS - UK - 1990 - 1991......

Photography and Model Set Design / Richard Dixon - TPD STUDIOS UK .

RICHARD DIXON'S PHOTOGRAPHY

 

MY STORY.........

 

 HOW IT STARTED ,

 

WHERE ITS BEEN ,

 

AND WHERE WE ARE GOING ...........

 

Richard Dixon started photography for the Toy Industry and Children's Comics in 1989 following a College Photography Course in Blackpool and ten years photographing portraits , weddings and general product advertising photography in the North West of England .

 

The starting of photography with the Toy Industry followed a period of work practice in the Financial Services Sector with National Savings over a number of years . His skills in photography were soon realised by the Management of National Savings in their staff news magazine and photographing the Miss Premium Bond Contest for the Government Agency . This work quickly introduced him to Public Relations Managers for Companies in Lancashire who helped spread the quality of his work to a larger audience with articles in the regions newspapers and magazines  .

 

Advertising photography was his next target in the Entertainment and Leisure Industry in the North West who started to use Richard's photography in an increasing number of areas . Trust House Forte Leisure , Odeon Cinemas and First Leisure Corporation were the first to use his talents in promotions and photography of their Leisure Centres , Hotels and in their Theatre promotions .

 

His next move forward was unexpected , into the Toy Industry following a chance meeting with Animation Director Mark Hall from Cosgrove Hall Animation Studios in Manchester . With Mark's guidance and encouragement Richard began to learn the art of photographing miniatures at his Television Studio in Manchester .

Other professional meetings followed with Gerry Anderson and Ray Harryhausen the Monster Animation Film Modelmaker .

 Richard started to learn how to film models on miniature sets with Movie and TV style presentation techniques and then apply them to his own projects . He produced a set of demonstration toy photography images of his work which would form a presentation to take and show the Toy and Publishing Industries what he could achieve with his techniques.

 

With his presentation folio and an extensive mail shot publicity drive he began his journey forwards into the Toy Industry and Children's Comics.

 

Soon his miniature photography product work started to become noticed by Toy Company Marketing Directors and the first to give him a chance on a major product for Toy Advertising was Bluebird Toys in Swindon.

 

They allowed him to create his new realistic style with presentations for their new product line in 1990 - ZERO HOUR....with Catalogue photography ...posters...model display dioramas for the Toy Fair in London and Harrogate...Christmas Display in Hamleys London...and his first advertising pictures in childrens comics.

Richard also assisted the Bluebird Marketing Director and the TV Commercials Director in setting up the model production sets at the filming of the TV Commercials for the Zero Hour Brand / Manta Force and Polly Pocket at Jacob Street Studios in London during his time when he worked for the Company .

 

More presentations of his work followed to 3D Licensing / Kenner Toys / Griffin Bacal Advertising Agency London and Universal Pictures with Saachi and Saachi in London for the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves Licensed Toy Range for Europe as his work style gained interest from the top Companies dealing with the Toy Industry .

 

Richard's new style of presentation with Zero Hour quickly came to the attention of Hasbro's Marketing Department in London and he was asked to start producing work for their Action Force Range and continued with Hasbro's GI JOE Range.

 

Additional work assignments followed from Bluebird Toys to promote their MIGHTY MAX range.....

 

Then Hasbro's ACTION MAN was re-launched in the UK after many years. It was the end of 1996 .

 

Richard produced three concept presentations of images for the Action Man Product to show how his new realistic work style could be used to benefit the advertising of the product .The images were shown to Hasbro's Creative Director Edward Catchpole who immediately gave Richard the go ahead to take the work to their Licensing Associates to be used in the promotions for the product range.

 

Some of the first Licensing work was completed with Richard's TPD STUDIOS for GEMMA CARDS who released an Action Man Greeting Card Range which featured this new realistic style of photography presentation . Pedigree Books took further images for their Action Man Annual Cover and inside pages .

 

Marvel Comics in the UK under Panini Publishing had also just launched ACTION MAN COMIC . It was early 1997 and now required some additional photography for the new Comic.

With Hasbro's help Richard produced two sample covers , Action Man Raid Cover MAY 1997 and Action Man Sniper Cover JUNE 1997  for the Comic using his realistic photomation work style . Both covers were accepted for publication . The journey forward with Action Man had started for Richard Dixon and his model animation style of work which would take him on to a whole new level of professional work .

 

Richard was asked to come on board and join the Marvel Comics UK team working on the Action Man Comic and he started to produce a series of realistic images for the comic......and to continue with them over the  next eight years with the creation of over 60 fantastic realistic cover pictures and posters....lots of competition pages photography and Action Man support material ....his style of realistic photography images were now getting national recognition across the industry .

 

With the success of the ACTION MAN COMIC pictures , Marvel Comics UK owners PANINI UK gave Richard's Studio the opportunity to create a series of realistic Photo Story Special Editions of the Comic .

Using Model Animation on model sets and movie style photography techniques with real backgrounds ...fifteen photo story concepts were written and produced by him before handing over to his Editors to prepare the dialogue sections and finishing for publication , sets were designed and photographed at the Toy Photo Design Studio in Lancashire by Richard over a number of years......the ACTION MAN COMIC SUMMER and WINTER Specials selling over half a million copies in sales.....a superb window for the Action Man Product and proved a very successful Comic in the UK .

While at Marvel Comics Richard also created a number of posters and related image material for the TRANSFORMERS Comic together with some Lara Croft TOMB RAIDER Comic images which were done for Playmate Toys promotional purposes to promote sales of product on-line .

 

Following eight years with MARVEL COMICS / PANINI COMICS the next step forward came with the re - launch of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE from Mattel Toys . Richard Dixon helped Mattel launch the toys through ToonTastic Comics based in Oldham England , when an action Comic was created to tell the continuing stories of He-Man . A number of display sets were created with the full assistance of Mattel UK and a series of images of the toys were created in a SuperPhotomation technique . This blends Photography , Artwork and Model animation together to give a realistic appearance to the presentation of the toys in magazines .

 

The next publishing project after Masters of the Universe came along very quickly...MGA Toys from the USA launched " The Bratz " .

Titan Magazines in London published the Girl's Magazine and Richard joined the team over a six month period to create a series of images for the toys in the magazine as it was released .

A number of unique posters were created to show the figures in realistic sets , again SuperPhotomation techniques were used to blend real life settings with the figures to create a standard of realism that matched the best of CGI images at the time without a monster budget being used.....a successful magazine which helped promote Richard Dixon's TPD STUDIO's to a wide audience across the UK and Europe .

 

Over recent years along side his Toy Industry Advertising work , Richard Dixon has started to write his own adventure stories and illustrate them in photo story concept presentations .

Using his successful model animation photography experience for Action Man Comic he has created a new underwater Science Fiction adventure photo story series saga for Children....SEASTAR 5 INVADERS FROM THE ABYSS  .

 

The series of nine completed Sci-Fi story episodes currently have been seen by over 74,000 people on visits to this web site . Currently the project is now picking up over 2500 new visitors to view the project every month and another episode is in production .

 

Richard Dixon has also now started work on another ambitious photo story concept production based on the Arabian Knights Stories of SINBAD THE SAILOR .

 

This new production entitled....SINBAD GOLD RAIDER HEROES will again use a style of Model Animation to tell the story in a Photo Story Concept Format Presentation .

 

Updates on SINBAD will be appearing on the web site during the year .

 

If you like what we do and would like to talk with us about our work ....

 

.....just email us......richarddixontoyp@btinternet.com .

 

 

 

 

Over the last thirty-five years Richard Dixon has been able to work with a very large number of Toy Products and use his photography and display techniques for most of the leading Companies in the Toy and Leisure Industries and beyond .

 

Here is a selection of the Companies we have worked with over these exciting years from our beginings to the present........

 

 BLUEBIRD TOYS.....HASBRO TOYS.....MATTEL TOYS.....

 

 MGA TOYS USA..... 3D LICENSING.....MARVEL COMICS

 

 PANINI COMICS PUBLISHING UK.....TITAN COMICS UK

 

 TOONTASTIC COMICS.....CARTOON NETWORK.....

 

 GEMMA CARDS.....PEDIGREE BOOKS....

 

ODEON CINEMAS

 

 FIRST LEISURE CORPORATION LONDON

 

 JUNIPER JUNGLE TV PRODUCTIONS....

 

EMI ENTERTAINMENT

 

TRUST HOUSE FORTE HOTELS.....

 

 NATIONAL SAVINGS AND INVESTMENTS

 

 the list goes on.........

 

 

 Some of the Toy Products we have illustrated.........

 

 ZERO HOUR.....MANTA FORCE.....MEGA FORCE.....

 

 THE WOODSEYS.....ACTION FORCE.....GI JOE.....

 

 ACTION MAN.....TRANSFORMERS..... MASK.....

 

 LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER.....LOONEY TOONS TOYS.....

 

 POWER RANGERS.....DIGIMON.....DRAGON BALL Z.....

 

 BATTLE OF THE PLANETS..... THE POWER PUFF GIRLS.....

 

 BETTY SPAGHETTI.....BUTT UGLY MARTIANS.....

 

THE BRATZ.....MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE.....

 

ROBIN HOOD.....MIGHTY MAX.....

 

PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN.....GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.....

 

DANGER GIRLS.....MARS ATTACKS .....PLANET OF THE APES.....

 

SUCKER PUNCH - THE MOVIE .....GREEN HORNET MOVIE - DIECAST TOYS .

 

.....and many , many more....

 

 

THE BRATZ.......from MGA TOYS USA......Richard Dixon was asked to provide a realistic style of photography for the launch of the BRATZ MAGAZINE by Titan Publishing in the UK . With full product support from the American Company that created the Brand Richard Dixon designed and produced a series of images over a six month period to bring the product line to children's comics .

THE BRATZ / PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD DIXON / IMAGE COPYWRITE RICHARD DIXON - TITAN COMICS - MGA TOYS USA ALL RIGHTS RESERVED TO THE COPYWRITE HOLDERS .

PORTFOLIO..........ARCHIVE PICTURES FROM THE STUDIO......

OUR FIRST ACTION MAN COVER SHOWN ON TELEVISION TO ADVERTISE THE COMIC .