The World of Tim Burton, Hong Kong

From Imagination to Figurine: An Art Piece for Collectors

The World of Tim Burton collaborates with Hot Toys, one of the top brands of collectible figures in the world, to launch the second crossover project. Inspired by a drawing by Tim Burton that was created in the 1980s, Hot Toys transforms the image into collectible figure, adding another precious item to the wish lists of Burton fans and art collectors alike.




A puppet in black and white with blood red lips is already dazzling to the eyes. And in this drawing, Tim Burton definitely has added an extra dash of quirkiness with his signature style, intruding deeper into the hearts of viewers. The drawing is part of Burton’s private collection. Through this collaboration, Hot Toys designs a limited edition figure based on the image and has limited production to only 300 pieces, each uniquely numbered and printed with Burton’s signature.  
 
The works of Hot Toys in the past have won the heart of Tim Burton. And this latest art piece is surely a rare chance for Burton fans to add the master’s stunning creation into their own collection.
 
The project is launched exclusively on FringeBacker to support local art development and provides the one and only chance to acquire this remarkable work of art. Meanwhile, the prototype of the figure will be on display in the exhibition store.
  
 
Curator’s Note
 
This Hot Toys collectible, based on a drawing by American filmmaker and artist Tim Burton, depicts a grinning marionette that acts as its own puppet master.  Imbued with psychological undertones that belie its playful and amusing appearance, this figure embodies a central theme of much of Burton’s films and artworks.  
 
Burton’s oeuvre is defined by subjectivity and the intensely personal, at times almost autobiographical, connections that he feels toward his characters and worlds.  Because he puts so much of his own self into his work, in turn, his work elicits the same passionate reactions from his ardent fans. 
 
This puppet creature, adorned with Burton’s characteristic stripe motif, is composed of a simple color palette of black and white with a hint of red.  Yet, as a puppet manipulating itself, it has the ability to evoke grand emotions of self-persecution.  Perhaps it represents our tendencies to work against our own self.  Perhaps it signifies that our own self is the only person in control of our actions.  While interpretations may vary, this figure is representative of one of the unifiers of Burton’s work—that is, to be emotionally felt.
 
The drawing of this figure, Untitled (Creature Series), is one of the signature artworks in the international touring exhibition The World of Tim Burton.  Exhibited in the “Figurative Works: Men, Women, or Creatures?” section, it is on view with other works that similarly explore the artist’s deeply private psychologies and thoughts.  I am immensely grateful to Tim Burton for opening his personal archive for this public exhibition and hope visitors will enjoy the comprehensive journey into his world.
 
Jenny He

HK$3,440

(approximately US$441*)

Exhibition Collectible
  • The backer’s name will be featured on the FringeBacker Mosaic Wall in the exhibition venue
  • 1 piece of The World of Tim Burton x Hot Toys Figure (approx. 53cm high with the base)
  • 2 FringeBacker special edition tickets to the exhibition
  • The delivery arrangement will be further updated by email. Delivery fee is not included
  • Targeted delivery date of the figure: quarter 2 or 3, 2017

233 Available

67 Backers

HK$2,500

(approximately US$321*)

Exhibition Inspiration I
  • The backer’s name will be featured on the FringeBacker Mosaic Wall in the exhibition venue
  • 1 piece of The World of Tim Burton x Michael Lau 12” Action Figure based on Balloon BoyThe World of Tim Burton
  • 2 FringeBacker special edition tickets to the exhibition
  • The delivery arrangement will be further updated by email. Delivery fee is not included
  • Targeted delivery date of the figure: Jan to Feb in 2017

451 Available

49 Backers

HK$1,600

(approximately US$205*)

Exhibition Inspiration II
  • The backer’s name will be featured on the FringeBacker Mosaic Wall in the exhibition venue
  • 1 piece of The World of Tim Burton x Michael Lau 6” Vinyl Figure based on Maxx & BB, Michael Lau Gardener Series
  • 2 FringeBacker special edition tickets to the exhibition
  • The delivery arrangement will be further updated by email. Delivery fee is not included
  • Targeted delivery date of the figure: Jan to Feb in 2017

475 Available

25 Backers

HK$1,300

(approximately US$167*)

Exhibition Supporter

  • The backer’s name will be featured on the FringeBacker Mosaic Wall in the exhibition venue
  • 1 copy of The Art of Tim Burton; an art book that provides a comprehensive look at the personal and project artwork of Tim Burton
  • 2 FringeBacker special edition tickets to the exhibition
  • The delivery arrangement will be further updated by email. Postage outside Hong Kong is not included

58 Backers

HK$800

(approximately US$103*)

Exhibition Friend   

  • The backer’s name will be featured on the FringeBacker Mosaic Wall in the exhibition venue
  • 1 copy of The Napkin Art of Tim Burton; an art book that features Tim Burton’s thoughts, ideas and memories with simple sketches on the most convenient surface available–a napkin
  • 2 FringeBacker special edition tickets to the exhibition
  • The delivery arrangement will be further updated by email. Postage outside Hong Kong is not included

39 Backers

HK$6,000

(approximately US$769*)

Exhibition Patron

  • The backer’s name will be featured on the FringeBacker Mosaic Wall in the exhibition venue
  • 2 VIP invitations to the grand opening party; a prominent chance to meet the Hong Kong exhibition team and join in the celebrations
  • 1 copy of The Art of Tim Burton; an art book that provides a comprehensive look at the personal and project artwork of Tim Burton
  • 1 copy of The Napkin Art of Tim Burton; an art book that features Tim Burton’s thoughts, ideas and memories with simple sketches on the most convenient surface available–a napkin
  • 2 FringeBacker special edition tickets to the exhibition 
  • The delivery arrangement will be further updated by email. Postage outside Hong Kong is not included

1 Available

8 Backers

Contribute any amount to support the project

  • Contribute any amount just to support the project.
  • The backer's name will be featured on the FringeBacker Mosaic Wall in the exhibition venue.

20 Backers