Artist Turns Iconic 1980s Film and TV Cars into Transformers
The 1980s was a great era for epic movie cars. We associate certain cars with films almost more than the actors in those same flicks. Thinking about the ECTO-1 or a flying, time-traveling DeLorean just makes us nostalgic about Ghostbusters or Back to the Future. So imagine when an artist combined those icons with another staple from the 1980s– Transformers. No, we’re not talking about the ones ruined by Michael Bay and an awkward Shia La Bouf. How about the first generation Transformers from the animated series on which Bay’s films were loosely based? Now we’re talking. PHOTOS: See More of the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12
The series of digital paintings by Darren Rawlings is called “If They Could Transform.” It imagines some of our favorite 80’s TV and film cars as ‘robots in disguise.’ The series includes the General Lee (top image), the DeLorean from BTTF (directly above), and the Vanruda from the A-Team (below), but that is just the start:
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On Rawlings’ website, you’ll find the whole collection, which also includes the Batmobile, Bigfoot, the Ninja Turtles’ Party Wagon, KITT from Knight Rider, Herbie, and many more. Our favorite would have to be ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters, which even has a transforming photon pack:
It's awesome, and it makes us wish we were back in '84.
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