Strike a pose with Stickybones
Flexible figures Two animators have smashed their funding drive for their revolutionary poseable figure
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.