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March 22, 2012 6:14 AM   Subscribe

When artist Troy Gua wanted a new project to cheer himself up with, he hit on the idea of making a tribute to his favorite musician. Le Petit Prince, a 1/6 scale doll of The Purple One, was born.
posted by BoringPostcards (19 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I thought Prince was 1/16 scale in real life.
posted by spicynuts at 6:17 AM on March 22, 2012 [7 favorites]

And then Prince sued the shit out of him.
posted by chillmost at 6:18 AM on March 22, 2012

Ohmigod, those eyes. The only thing creepier would be a Prince/My Little Pony combo.

Which, I suppose, this kind of is. MyLittlePrince.
posted by Curious Artificer at 6:24 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]

That is pretty awesome. I kind of want one.

What I really want is a photo of Prince holding Le Petit Prince holding an even smaller Prince. We could call it "The Last Artist Who Is Visible as Prince."


If he had a cutie mark, I wouldn't be at all surprised....
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:26 AM on March 22, 2012

It's one of those pages where the more you scroll down, the awesomer it becomes. I mean, the bubble bath! The pegasus! The yellow lace onesie!
posted by mochapickle at 6:27 AM on March 22, 2012 [5 favorites]

My god the NUMBER of photos. The guy has put a terrifyingly large amount of time into this. ..
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 6:31 AM on March 22, 2012

Kevin Smith on filming a documentary for Prince:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

It's a masterfully-told tale with rare insights into the mind of Prince (formerly known as the Artist formerly known as Prince)
posted by lemuring at 6:39 AM on March 22, 2012 [3 favorites]

That's fandom verging on a restraining order.
posted by arcticseal at 6:47 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

Le Petit Prince was made late in 2011 in an attempt to cleanse myself from what I had been making and felt was becoming cynical and self-indulgent work.

posted by mazola at 6:49 AM on March 22, 2012

Near the top of the page I was thinking "it's too bad Prince's fashion sense didn't influence the rest of the world. I'd totally be down with purple coats and ruffles and high-heeled boots."

And then I got to the assless lace thing and, well, everything else really, and I thank my lucky stars that Prince's fashion since remained firmly lodged in Prince.
posted by Foosnark at 6:52 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]

I feel for anyone who doesn't "get" this. Even if you're not a Prince fan, everyone should know what it's like to genuinely love something/someone enough to do something like this.
posted by blue t-shirt at 6:52 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

Fred Armisen won't even have to wear makeup to look like this guy.
posted by OHenryPacey at 6:57 AM on March 22, 2012

If he had a cutie mark, I wouldn't be at all surprised....

What do you think The Symbol was?
posted by zamboni at 7:01 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

Dude, when you are working at scale you have got to do a weathering dark rinse to hit the valleys and then dry brush with lightened base colour for highlights. All that effort and the guitars look "ready for detailing".

/modelling nerd
posted by Meatbomb at 7:04 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

I went to a Prince concert once. It was in a huge venue where I'd seen others perform.

I can say without hesitation that this is actually 1:1 scale. You needed a telescope the size of Mount Palomar's to see him on stage.
posted by kinnakeet at 7:24 AM on March 22, 2012

Even better than this is Gua's Pop Hybrids series.

The Pope John Paul Stanley
The Davids 2.0
The Artists Formerly and Currently Known As Prince

And many more.
Good stuff.

posted by chavenet at 7:33 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]

Cashmere facial and body hair doesn't sound quite luxurious enough for Prince.
posted by orme at 7:34 AM on March 22, 2012

I once stayed at the Hard Rock in Vegas and they have one of Prince's purple crushed velvet suit and frilly shirt ensembles from the 80s. Looking at the waistband on those pants, you're certain that they must belong to a child or a petite woman.
posted by gngstrMNKY at 9:31 AM on March 22, 2012

I love love love this.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:39 PM on March 27, 2012

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