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

THE BRATZ.....

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

GI JOE AND ACTION FORCE TOY RANGES - HASBRO TOYS UK.....

This page is divided into three sections .

 

The first section covers my work with the "BRATZ".....MGA TOYS.....USA

Titan Books Publishing / London .

 

 

The second section covers my work with "MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE".....

MATTEL TOYS UK

TOONTASTIC COMICS / OLDHAM - ENGLAND .

 

The third section on this page shows a selection of my favourite works that I created for Hasbro UK's releases on their " GI JOE and ACTION FORCE " toy ranges in the Nineteen Nineties ....

THE BRATZ.....

I was asked by TITAN BOOK Publishing in London to produce a photography service for the new "Bratz Magazine" they were designing in the early 2000's .

 

During the six months working on the Magazine I created six themed photo shoots for the miniature girl dolls to inhabit .

Realistic miniature settings were designed and built by myself....included the "Halloween Edition" with a Haunted House , Japanese Garden set in miniature , Christmas Snow Village landscape , an African wildlife Safari set , a beach scene in Hawaii and a Pirate Harbour set for Bratz Treasures . 

 

The Bratz Sports Range was also photographed at the time with a real life Sports Arena Location shoot but these images unfortunately were never published . 

 

However , for the first time ever the pictures from that Sports shoot now be seen here as I have recently found the images in my archives .

 

BRATZ  SPORTS

This was the final photo shoot I completed for the Bratz Range before they were withdrawn from sale....It was also the end of the Bratz Magazine as well....

This photography on the Sports items was not published as the magazine edition was still at the design stage when legal action halted publication .

This was not the end of my story with the Bratz.......while I was shooting the Bratz Sports images in my studio one....something else for the magazine was in my studio two being prepared for publication .

A full photo story supermation production of the Bratz was being created .

This featured the Bratz Treasures range in a search for buried pirates treasure....

 

Unfortunately the story never made its publcation date ......it had the same fate as the magazine in the legal problems with the Brand .

Below are some of the imagery from that photo story that never released.....

 

BRATZ  PHOTO  STORY.....

"  IN  SEARCH  OF  PIRATE  GOLD  "

A RICHARD DIXON PRODUCTION

COPYWRITE - RICHARD DIXON - TITAN MAGAZINES - MGA TOYS USA

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED - NO UNAUTHORISED USE IN ANY FORM PERMITTED OF THESE IMAGES . 

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MASTERS  OF  THE  UNIVERSE

TOONTASTIC  COMICS

MATTEL  TOYS  UK

 

In the mid 2000's I was asked by James Hill , Editor with Newstand / Toontastic Comics of Oldham ,  to create a photography selection of imagery for the new "MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE" Comic they were designing . 

 

This new Comic based on the Mike Young Productions Cartoon TV Series of "Masters of the Universe" in the USA .

The Comic would use the artwork from the American Comic which came out at the same time of the TV series .

 

It was decided that the Toys would be featured in the Comic using a style of work that I had successfully brought to Children's Publishing with HASBRO Toys Action Man Range in "Marvel Comics - Panini UK Action Man Comic .

 

The images would be created in a supermation style of blending figures , miniature model landscapes based on the " Eternia Landscape Artwork on the TV Series " with photo artwork and effects for their new publication .

 

Working over a two week period I created a full set of images for the Mattel Range of Toys .

Each figure was featured in a model landscape setting together with the vehicles from the range .....all supplied by Mattel's Marketing Team in the Uk .

 

The photo art style relistic images I created were designed and created on a large five foot square landscape to represent locations on the planet " Eternia " .

 

All photography was done on a medium format Mamiya RB67  film camera system with a 50mm wide angle lens which enabled me to photograph the miniatures very closely....some pictures had the figures only inches away from the front of the lens....

 

The images that I created for the Comic were well received and appeared over the eighteen months of the run of the publication .

A Photo Story Adventure using the Toy figures was also planned but did not go into production before the comic's run was ended .

 

All images copywrite Toontastic Comics / Mattel Toys UK / Richard Dixon TPD STUDIOS . Should not be reproduced in any format without permission of Mattel Toys UK .

 

The Beast Man comes out of his lair to join Skelator......

One of the Cover shots I created for Masters Of The Universe Comic .....

HE MAN AND CASTLE GREYSKULL....

FROM MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE COMIC......

SUPERMATION IMAGE PHOTO CREATION DESIGN BY RICHARD DIXON .

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G I JOE AND ACTION FORCE

HASBRO TOYS UK.....

In the early Nineteen Nineties I was hired by Hasbro UK to take a series of promotional images for their boys toy range " GI JOE ACTION FORCE  " .

The images were created on a number of realistic jungle miniature sets built in my studio in the north of England .

The images appeared in Comics over a three month period in advertisements for the product . They were also used as promotional photography in the trade publications .

The model sets were about five feet square and included conifer tree branches and ferns from a local garden centre .

 

GI JOE ACTION FORCE - ROLLING THUNDER

GI JOE ACTION FORCE - ROLLING THUNDER

GI JOE ACTION FORCE - TIGER FORCE IN ACTION....." THE RECOVERY "

X19 STEALTH JET....COMICS ADVERTISEMENT ....NINJA TURTLES COMIC

GI JOE - SKY PATROL RANGE.....

GI JOE TOY RANGE.......

TIGER FORCE - RIVER PATROL

GI JOE ACTION FORCE - WARTHOG - "RIVER CROSSING"

GI JOE - SKY PATROL - SKY SHARC SUBMARINE

GI JOE - X19 - "GHOST RIDER PILOT" TAKES A BREAK......

GI JOE - X19  STEALTH AIRCRAFT  AND  ROLLING  THUNDER .

GI JOE SKY PATROL - " PARACHUTE  DROP  OVER  THE  JUNGLE "

GI JOE X19 GHOST RIDER - " THE  NEXT  MISSION "

GI JOE X19 STEALTH AIRCRAFT - "  THE NEXT MISSION  "

GI JOE ACTION FORCE - ROLLING THUNDER

ARCHIVE IMAGES FROM THE STUDIO......

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