HCR MINI-Challenge #19: 80's Cartoons


Copyright 2009 Filmation
80’s Cartoons Tribute
Steven Ray aka “Boone”

The challenge:
Model character, enviroment, vehicle or machine based on a 80’s Cartoon.

Imagine you have been commissioned to build a model based on 80’s character.

The model can be an exact copy of a character for a 80’s series, or your own interpretation…

Now show it to us.

[li]All MODELS MUST BE BASED ON DETAILED RESEARCH YOU HAVE TO POST your sources on your WIP thread.[/li][li]All Artist of original concept art must be given credit[/li][li]If you decide to do an original interpretation of a character, please post ALL concept all art.[/li][/ul]And yes

First check out the mater list of 80’s Cartoons we have gathered so far…

See list at the end of this post…

There are FOUR ways to participate:
[li][u]BEST ORIGINAL INTERPRETATION OF ESTABLISHED CHARACTER [/u][/li][b]For this type of entry you can do an original interpretation of your favorite [/b]
S[color=#ffffff]ome examples:
[li][color=#ffffff]Show us your version of Cobra Commander[/color][/li][li][color=#ffffff][color=#fffffe][color=#ffffff]Show us your version of Skelletor[/color][/color][/color][/li][/ul]

This type of entry requires you will try to a model of your favorite [font=Verdana]Building/Vehicle /Machine
Some examples:
[li]Castle Greyskull (Link)[/li][li]Thunder Tank (Link)[/li][li]Cobra hiss tank (link[/li][/ul]

[li][u]BEST DIORAMA[/u][b]You may sculpt the desired model inside the appropriate environment.[/b][/li]Some diorama examples:
[li]Snake Eyes in a Duel with Storm Shadow [/li][li]Skelletor fighting He-man on top of Castle Greyskull[/li][li]He-Man riding to battle on top of Battlecat[/li]

[li]BEST ACTION FIGURE[/font] [/li]

If it was a cartoon, it came with a toyline. You may sculpt an exact likeness of a 80’s action figure…
Some examples:
[li]He-Man & BattleCat image[/li][li]Pantro image[/li][li]Scarlett image[/li][li]Skeletor image[/li][/ul]

THE CHALLENGE:___________________________

Sculpt, in a period of 1 month and two weeks, one or more 3D representations of a building, vehicle, machine and or environment based on extensive research… For this challenge, attention to detail an imagination are essential.

The idea of this “mini-challenge” is to simulate an impossible deadline for a project. The artists will have at their discretion how detailed the models they will be working on, what program they will be using, the amount of models, and if the models will be shaded/ rigged. But the model will have to be original creation based on EXTENSIVE research.

At at the end of the challenge the final model will have to look like a scene that we might see in a cg movie or a commercial.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:______________________

Detailed RESEARCH, and attention to detail are key for ALL entries. Please before doing an entry do your homework.

The best model will be selected by an open vote
for these categories:
[li]BEST ORIGINAL INTERPRETATION OF ESTABLISHED CHARACTER [/li][li][font=Verdana]BEST VEHICLE/ BUILDING/ MACHINE[/li][li][color=white]BEST DIORAMA[/li][li]BEST ACTION FIGURE[/li][li][color=darkorange][color=white]BEST WIP [/color][/color][/li][/ul][/color]and the big one of course:
[li]Best Model[/li][/ul]The winner will get bragging rights and a small banner
designed by me.

[color=darkorange]NEW DATELINE! WED, April 15th 12:00 PM[/color]

YOU HAVE One MONTH & TWO WEEKS to do the challenge.

[li]No work taken DIRECTLY from an existing tutorial. You may use an existing tutorial only for reference.[/li][li]You may NOT use a pre exiting models. All models must be done from scratch.[/li][li]An artist may change from [color=darkorange]an enviroment/building/vehicle , a diorama, or model series[/color]whenever he or she wishes.[/li][li]ALL ARTWORK must be DONE FROM SCRATCH[/li][/ul]GENERAL RULES:
[li]WIP are STRONGLY encouraged[/li][li]WIP thread should be posted on the Hardcore Modeling Challenge forum and should follow the following naming convention: HARDCORE MODELING!: 80’s Cartoon: <<TYPE OF ENTRY >>[/li][li]For each image you should post:[/li]
Title of Model Completed[Model Images]

[/ul]And should be posted on both the individual WIP thread on on this master thread.
[li]For each model 3 Orthographic renders ARE REQUIRED. These renders are for TOP, SIDE, BOTTOM views and a BEAUTY RENDER.BEAUTY RENDER:[/li]
Final RENDERS should be rendered at 1600 X 1200 OR 1200 x 1600 in JPG format. (Post only as link) A smaller 800x 600 OR 600 x 800 image should be posted on the threads.


Orthographic renderings ARE REQUIRED for EACH entry and should be rendered at 800 x 600 OR 600x800.

  • This means you need to submit renders of the from the Front, Sides (2), Back, Top and bottom.
  • I recommend to aid the voters a turntable rendering of the model. It would have to be done in QuickTime or Windows Media at a resolution of 600 x 400 OR 300 x 200. The render might be done as a Quickshade or Beauty Render.
    [li]Please add a brief text description about your piece.[/li][li]The artist also has to post total length of time it took to do and program used.[/li][li]Future topics for hardcore Challenges will be picked at random from the list on[/li]this >>thread << (The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
    [li]Post on this thread your link to your WIP thread and your FINAL piece.[/li][li]Only participants who follow the rules and submit a final entry will be eligible for the voting process.[/li][li]Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.[/li][/ul]Ok here is the master list we have gathered so far:

[li]DuckTales[/li][li]Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers[/li][li]Gummi Bears[/li][li]The Wuzzles[/li][/ul]Filmation:
[li]He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (Video:Link)[/li][li]She-Ra: Princess of Power
[/li][li]Bravestarr (Video: link)[/li][/ul]Hasbro:
[li]G.I. Joe (Video: Link)[/li][li]M.A.S.K. (Video: link)[/li][li]Jem (TV series) (Video:Link)[/li][li]Visionaries (Video:link)[/li][/ul]Misc
[li]Beetlejuice[/li][li]Alvin & the Chipmunks[/li][li]Muppet Babies[/li][li]Dennis the Menace[/li][li]Dangermouse (Video:link)[/li][li]Robotech[/li][li]Voltron[/li][li]Mighty Orbots (Video: Link)[/li][li]Galaxy Ranger (Video:Link)[/li][li]Pole position[/li][li]Ulysses 31[/li][li]The Smurfs[/li][li]Muppet Babies[/li][li]Inspector Gadget[/li][li]Galaxy High School (Video:Link)[/li][li]Dungeons & Dragons b[/color][/b][/li][li]The Real Ghostbusters (Video:Link)[/li][li]Silverhawks[/li][li]ThunderCats (Video: Link)[/li][li]TigerSharks[/li][/ul]Transformers & the The Simpsons WILL BE OFF Limits .

For a more detailed list of cartoons of the time, please go here:



Good luck everyone!

I’ve got freelance code project for about a month, I’ll check if I can make it before the dead line… In the mean time, I … will be… watching! hi hi hi :smiley:


Love the theme. i am in this time :slight_smile:

Btw Roberto, isnt transformer from 80s as well … so can we go for that … can we create a hybrid of two different cartoons characters into one or something.

Waiting for reply … thanks …



This will be my first competition. I hope I get good support from the forum :). I loved these cartoons, used to watch them when I was a wee little boy.


This looks great!! I hope to see many entries for this challenge and see what awesome concepts people come up with!


oh man, I wish I had the motivation to participate in this challenge. I’m dying to see what people come up with.


Oh man! Filmation! He-Man! That’s like AWESOME and then some, great theme.


hehehe… exactly.
hope you’ll join the fun.



What a fantastic theme!

I had hoped to do a take on Ulysses for the Steampunk challenge.

If I had any free time, I’d love to jump into this…


Very cool :slight_smile:

One question - When you say “exact likeness” of an action figure, how exact are you looking for? Those examples you posted are pretty low quality, do we have to make it look like them, in that pose? Or are you just referring to an exact likeness of the design in terms of clothing, weaponry, etc. (in which case it would really just be your own sculpt from a character from the TV series, right?)


I doubt I’ll be entering so anyone else can happily jump on this, a cartoon that encompasses everything, people, machines and an action figure range :thumbsup: Centurions, from 1985, the best link is the wiki one and the links at the base of that are good to follow for everything related to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Centurions_(TV_series


I’m thinking of entering this comp, sounds like extreme fun :). One question Roberto… Does an 80’s character that wasn’t necessarily part of an animated cartoon series qualify for this competition?

Thanks :slight_smile:



I so want to join this one, but I can’t commit just yet… working on my demo reel, plus DW4 is coming up…


Fun stuff. I think I’ll try tackle this with something from the Centurions, the Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (with rocking intro) or the Inhumanoids


Ah man! Was gutted to see that Captain Planet wasn’t created until 1990 :slight_smile:
Great challenge theme!


I was gutted that Battle of the Planets was late 70’s… :shrug: still plenty to choose from though !


i was as well…i’m going to do that when we do the 90’s challenge


Wow, great challenge. I love 80’s cartoons. Would be great to enter this, tough to choose which cartoon tho’, top 3 would be Ulysses 31, M.A.S.K or He-Man.


Hey I’m soooo tempted by this one… to final unleash my zbrush :slight_smile:


I’d like to enter, just for the spirit of it tbh, Im relatively new to 3d and this will be my first challenge! I hope people will be postive with my work and help each other.

Im really looking forward to it, I think Im going to go with my favourite 80’s cartoon -

The Mysterious Cities of Gold! :love:

Sorry Roberto but Im a little confused as to the rules -

It says:

   [color=lime]WIP are NOT encouraged, only final entries [/color]

but also says:

[font=Verdana] WIP’s should be posted on both your individual WIP thread AND on this master thread.