product packaging collages
July 4, 2003 10:45 AM   Subscribe

Box-Bots are robot-like collages made only from product packaging and labels. My favorite: Strawberry Pop Tarts.
posted by iconomy (13 comments total)
If I just type "eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" would that sound like a squeal of joy? That was really cool ico.
posted by eyeballkid at 11:24 AM on July 4, 2003

I remember making really bad versions of these as a child. We'd take cereal boxes and make robots out of them. Cheerios for the body, grapenuts for the head, and so forth. It was fun. thanks for the reminder.
posted by ODiV at 11:41 AM on July 4, 2003

Bah. I won't be appeased until I can see them fight each other. The only question is will Polacolor 59 fight alongside Kodak Max 400, or turn on him to join forces with the nefarious Steinlager?
posted by Gary at 12:31 PM on July 4, 2003

Strawberry Pop Tarts.

Does this bring Christina Aguilera to anyone else's mind?
posted by namespan at 1:04 PM on July 4, 2003

I also used to do this a lot as a kid.

Well, no. I just used the knees from one Land O Lakes Indian woman to make it seem that another was holding her bare breasts together seductively like a stripper, but it's not so far removed.

Anyway, very cool site.
posted by dong_resin at 5:38 PM on July 4, 2003


I couldn't wait until they were empty. Now I have a kitchen filled with stuff that needs boxes. Thanks.
posted by bragadocchio at 5:49 PM on July 4, 2003

Strangely No One Would Dare Challange The Preparation H Bot?

Good Find Iconomy, I Salute You Sir!
posted by Dreamghost at 7:27 PM on July 4, 2003

In college, I once took a bunch of Pepsi cartons I had lying around and turned them into two man-shaped creatures, one of which was six feet high and kinda scary looking.

We were tempted to take it out to a large field in the middle of the campus and set them on fire in a The Wicker Man style, but, alas, our laziness got the best of us.

(however, the big one did have a little inset on its chest with a little cardboard figure of Officer Howie inside)
posted by Katemonkey at 2:16 AM on July 5, 2003

[this is good] - thanks iconomy (again!)
posted by plep at 4:00 AM on July 5, 2003

Wow. How did I miss this post earlier? I'm impressed....

Now if we could only have Mrs. Butterworth in a box so we could make a Mefi-Bot (butter-bot?).

I really love these guys!
posted by taz at 6:01 AM on July 5, 2003

So did he actually make them? Just seems like photoshopped bits of packaging to me.
posted by agregoli at 9:14 AM on July 5, 2003

So did he actually make them? Just seems like photoshopped bits of packaging to me.

Does it really matter? This is a guy who takes a picture of himself every day. Either possibility (scanning in packages and then photoshopping them into robots, or taking the time to perfectly cut up box packages) seems equally likely.
posted by Gary at 11:04 AM on July 5, 2003

I assumed that they were real because of his comment about reusing waste materials, agregoli, but I emailed Jonathan with your question, and he assured me that they are real - painstakingly cut out and taped together. He's making another batch of boxbots, entirely photoshopped this time - I can't wait to see what he comes up with, as I really love these. I'd also love to see how he displays them in the real world - are they framed and hanging on the wall, taped to pages in a book, tacked to the side of a barn...what?

He also mentioned that he particularly like your comment, gary ;)

Bragadoccio, please share your bots! Now's the time to invest in some tupperware.
posted by iconomy at 2:58 PM on July 5, 2003

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