Strike a pose with Stick­y­bones

Flex­i­ble fig­ures Two an­i­ma­tors have smashed their fund­ing drive for their revo­lu­tion­ary poseable fig­ure

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Co-founded by Erik and Lau­ren Baker, a hus­band and wife team of film an­i­ma­tors, Stick­y­bones is a ref­er­ence tool they both craved while work­ing on stop-mo­tion projects.

The Bak­ers, who have worked on block­busters in­clud­ing TRON: Legacy and The Peanuts Movie, say that Stick­y­bones is a new kind of poseable fig­ure that rep­re­sents a cross be­tween tra­di­tional artist’s man­nequins and an­i­ma­tion pup­pets.

“It can hit the most ex­pres­sive poses,” says Erik. “Draw­ers, painters, sculp­tors and pho­tog­ra­phers can all push their art fur­ther by ex­plor­ing many poses and ex­pres­sions quickly be­fore com­mit­ting to one.”

Erik en­vi­sioned the pa­tent-pend­ing joint sys­tem that makes Stick­y­bones ca­pa­ble of hit­ting com­plex po­si­tions way back in 2000, while work­ing on his fi­nal col­lege stop-mo­tion an­i­ma­tion pro­ject.

“The big­gest hur­dle was per­fect­ing the ten­sion of each joint,” Erik ex­plains. “They had to be firm enough to hold, yet have the abil­ity to be smoothly po­si­tioned into a seem­ingly in­fi­nite num­ber of poses.” In­deed, it took a year of de­vel­op­ment to per­fect the fi­nal de­sign, yet the Baker’s ef­forts have been worth it: Stick­y­bones ex­ceeded its crowd­fund­ing goal in just ten hours. “We con­tinue to make small tweaks to con­stantly push our de­signs even fur­ther,” says Erik. “We aim for con­stant im­prove­ment.”

You can stay up to date with Stick­y­bones de­vel­op­ments, and place pre-or­ders, by vis­it­ing www.stick­y­bones.com.

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