Denard Robinson Action Figure & 2010 Schedule Wallpaper

Submitted by monuMental on September 18th, 2010 at 7:10 PM

The Denard Robinson Action Figure was created digitally. I thought it would be funny to fake a realistic-looking action figure of college football's brightest new star. Legal representation from the University of Michigan and the Heisman Trust didn't carefully read my explanation and therefore did not see the humor in what they assumed to be a production-ready toy meant for sale. I think I have that cleared up now. Anyway, you can read more below if you want a little information about how this artwork was created.

I had planned to release this during the bye week but couldn't wait...

When I started this weekly wallpaper project I decided that I would not design any wallpapers that show players or that focus on conventional Michigan imagery. There are several really nice wallpaper collections of that variety on this site already (see the awesome Wallpaper Denard-aganza by shorts) and I wanted to try something a little different.

In spite of my best efforts, I managed to get swept up in the excitement about Denard Robinson after last week's game. As an outlet for my excess fan energy, I started last Sunday on a concept for a new take on the "wallpaper as hero worship" phenomena.

So, I offer the Denard Robinson action figure "Heisman Candidate Edition" with "New! Rocket Arm Throwing Action" and lifelike, "Laces Untied."

The image below is a preview only. You can get this week's widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.

2010 Denard Robinson Action Figure Wallpaper Preview

2010 Denard Robinson Action Figure Wallpaper Preview

How it was made

I'm pretty tired from several late nights obsessing over every little detail (Exactly how much tape shows over Denard's left sock? Is his left or right wristband blue? How many little holes are in his chin strap?) so I don't have time now for a full behind-the-scenes feature but I can tell those of you who are interested that the action figure is a store-bought and modified Tom Brady, that the dreads came from a Troy Palamalu action figure, that all of the modifications were done in Photoshop and that someday (probably the bye week) I will be publishing a step-by-step blog post that shows the makeover in unnecessarily and obsessively fine detail.

All of the 2010 Schedule Wallpapers

Season Wallpaper - Denard Robinson Action Figure

Game 1 Connecticut Wallpaper - Husky Puppy Piddles in Fear

Game 2 Notre Dame Wallpaper - Touchdown Jesus Says "No Good"

Game 3 Massachusetts Wallpaper - The $550,000 Cupcake

Game 4 Bowling Green Wallpaper - Wolverine vs. Falcon

Game 5 Indiana Wallpaper - Good at Basketball

Game 6 Michigan State Wallpaper - Sibling Rivalry

Game 7 Iowa Wallpaper - Maize is Blue

Game 8 Penn State Wallpaper - The Eyes Have It

Game 8 Penn State Wallpaper - JoePa Halloween Costume

Game 9 Illinois Wallpaper - We Be Illin'

Game 10 Purdue Wallpaper - I Think We Can! I Think We Can?

Game 11 Wisconsin Wallpaper - Cheesehead Cross Stitch



September 18th, 2010 at 7:14 PM ^

If there's anything MGoBlog users love, it's unnecessary and obsessively fine detail.

Looks fantastic, and I can't wait to see the tutorial. I've always wondered how stuff like this was made.


September 18th, 2010 at 7:23 PM ^

This is absolutely amazing, but you had me going for a second. I nearly emptied my bank account and ran out to the nearest M-Den or toy store to grab every one of those action figures.


Still, a man can dream, can't he?


September 18th, 2010 at 7:47 PM ^

This is amazing.  Love the great detail, like the wear on the cardboard where his shoulder pad sticks out.  And this cracked me up:  "Small parts move fast and may leave defenders gasping for air."  Ha!

Six Zero

September 18th, 2010 at 8:38 PM ^

As something of an AI/vector expert around here, I'm calling it...

You are officially the board's


Very well done, my friend.  Incredibly smooth edges.
By all means, keep up the great work. 


September 18th, 2010 at 11:02 PM ^

Wow!!!  Thank you for sharing this with us.  I'm disappointed that you spent so much time trolling the site before contributing; your talent is very welcome around here.


I look forward to future efforts.


September 19th, 2010 at 12:10 AM ^

Any one else hear Cam Newton after the game talking shit about Denard?  He said something along the lines of "Everyone's talking about that kid that don't tie his shoes at Michigan, It's my first year and I'm better then that kid by a mile I just have more weapons on my team or else I could get 400 a game too"  What a dick head


September 19th, 2010 at 12:48 AM ^

Thats all it's,cam is a good player but he is no where near Denard's level when it comes to speed.And i think Denard is just as good of a passer as cam is.


September 20th, 2010 at 10:57 AM ^

I got really excited because I thought that this was something actually for sale and knew that, since it violated NCAA rules, it wouldn't last long. Still, sweet wallpaper.