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Heroes of Science Volumes I and II

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I guess it's inevitable that there'd be another one of these. :D

The original:
Heroes of Science Action Figures by datazoid

Volume III:
Heroes of Science Volumes I, II and III by datazoid

This is an extended version of the original image, with another 25 figures included. Why not just the new guys? Because they're a collection, and collections belong on the same shelf. :D

I've created a FAQ page so I don't have to clutter the comments up with too much TL;DR. Please take the time to read. You can find it here: :D

The most frequently asked ones:
Darwin? - No, wasn't alive in the 20th century.
So few women? - Read the FAQ page, please. Too much 'splaining.
Can I buy them? Can I buy a poster? - No. I will not be selling anything relating to this image. I have no intention of making any money from it.

A few notes on specific scientists, and a roll call of the new ones:

Albert Einstein:
Now with dice!

Erwin Schrödinger:
Now with cat! Maybe.

Gerard Kuiper:
The Kuiper Belt is named after him. He has cool glasses.

James Van Allen:
Another man with belts named after him: this time the Van Allen Radiation Belts. I like his tie.

Neil deGrasse Tyson:
Now with celestial vest, as per a suggestion from Reddit.

Hans Geiger:
Famous for the geiger counter for measuring radiation.

Lise Meitner:
Contributed to the discovery of nuclear fission.

Kurt Gödel:
Mathematician with cool hair.

Henri Poincaré:
Extremely prolific mathematician, and one of the earliest individuals on here.

Bertrand Russell:
May include teapot, if it exists.

Rosalind Franklin:
One of the discoverers of the structure of DNA.

Watson & Crick:
Credited with discovery of DNA structure. Probably didn't wear ties with the DNA double helix on them, though.

Ian Wilmut:
Team leader of the group responsible for turning one sheep into two. Includes sheep -- not sure if it's the clone or not.

Isaac Asimov:
Author of eleventy squillion sci-fi books, postulator of a bunch of things, and a biochemistry professor in whatever time he had to spare.

Noam Chomsky:
Linguist, philosopher and many other things. He may have the coolest name on here.

Brian Cox:
Band member, TV personality and particle physicist.

Bill Nye:

Karl Kruszelnicki:
One of my personal heroes of science -- and a big fan of the uterus!

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman:
Bringing science to the masses is important, and as far as I'm concerned it deserves you the title of "Hero of Science". Adam and Jamie have been making people interested in science when they otherwise wouldn't care, and for that, I salute them.

John Tuzo Wilson:
I feel the Earth move -- he came up with the idea of plate tectonics.

Robert Bakker:
He shook up the palaeontology world by pushing the ideas of warm blooded giant reptiles, and dinosaurs that grew feathers and stuck around.

Jack Horner:
Discovered Maiasaura and their parenting habits, and was the inspiration for Dr. Alan Grant from Jurassic Park.

Ivan Pavlov:
Researcher into animal behaviour, famous for conditioned responses in dogs (and virtually everything else, by extension). Includes salivating dog.

Jane Goodall:
The only human ever to be accepted into a colony of chimpanzees, thus able to learn all sorts of things about their behaviour. Includes David Greybeard, the chimpanzee.

George Washington Carver:
Agricultural techniques, 300 uses for peanuts (!), awesome moustache. One of the 300 uses is allegedly peanut butter, although it gained popularity independently. Anyone who invents peanut butter is my hero, hands down.

Linus Pauling:
Chemist and peace activitist, and wearer of a mean beret.

Thank you for your time! :D

The names and images of the people in this graphic are the property (and in many cases trademarks) of the individuals or the estates that represent them. The original action figures were designed by Playmates Toys. The animals are from a pack of plastic farm and zoo animals from a dollar store, heavily modified. This image was not endorsed by any of the individuals or estates of individuals depicted, nor Playmates Toys. This image is intended strictly for educational and entertainment purposes.

iPad and iPhone users: if you're using one of these devices, I've only recently learned that they have an aversion to really large images, and actually shrink them down to save on memory. This image is really big, so you will probably need to view it on a computer to read the text properly and see a the details. Sorry! Blame Apple. :)
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huguiyo's avatar
Mythbusters???? Seriously???.. before that Tesla??? :( :( 

P.S.... Great job!!! its amazing
huguiyo's avatar
Mythbusters??? Seriously???? Before that TESLA????... :(
Ziggyman's avatar
ZiggymanProfessional General Artist
The fun thing on the Schrödinger figure is you don't know if there it comes with the cat or not until you open the package.
datazoid's avatar
Haha, absolutely! :D 

Thanks for the comment!
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Thanks for your support. :)
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SonjaDominicaHobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! :) This is excellent. I hope all the commenters appreciate the amount of work involved, as well as the sheer brilliance of this. It made me a little 'sad' to see mentions of those you'd missed out - as if it were a list you'd hurriedly jotted down in your tea-break and simply uploaded. Ok, everyone has their opinion, but they sure didn't see the wood for the trees as to what you've accomplished here! Amazing detail and touches :star::star::star::star::star: Thank you.
datazoid's avatar
Thank you very much for your comment. :D
TheOtherDibbler's avatar
I was disappointed at the lack of Mendel (and Darwin, Wallace, Banks and Lovelace) then saw your comment re-emphasising that the poster is only 20th century scientists, which of course also explains the lack of early paradigm-shattering astronomers. You know this means you need to do a pre-20th century version, right? ;)

I wish this were a real thing and I could buy the action figures. These would be excellent action figures to own, they would take pride of place on my shelves. Alas.

Brilliant concept, amazingly well delivered, thank you for creating and sharing with us. :D
datazoid's avatar
Thank you for the comment! I haven't ruled out the possibility of creating some pre-20th century figures. Perhaps one day! :D
julibooly's avatar
please disregard my previous message as I only just realised that you are MISSING RICHARD FEYNMAN. Seriously. I wanted it to be as cool as it looked. I like the combination of scientist and popular scientist, but that clearly requires Feynman for being incredibly awesome in both categories. 
I am sad now
I have no idea why this cute and clever poster has made me so angry/sad. I think its mostly the realisation of so much science unseen, and the missing women thing too.
datazoid's avatar
Thank you for the comments -- Richard Feynman is in the first row, fifth from the left, white/beige shirt. :D

There are a whole bunch of people that are missing. If I've learned anything from creating these images its that no matter who I chose to be on them, I wouldn't be able to please everyone. Perhaps there'll be another version/instalment in the future. :)
julibooly's avatar
It is completely unacceptable to be missing Noether from a list that includes Einstein and so many other theoretical physicists.

And as you're aussie, why not Elizabeth Blackburn?
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ajnickelHobbyist General Artist
I like how you don't have Edison. If everybody believed in Tesla the way they believed in Edison's inventions we would have wireless electrical transmission now instead of power lines.
datazoid's avatar
I tend to agree. Thanks for your comment. :D
mgrabovsky's avatar
mgrabovskyHobbyist Photographer
Seriously, Heroes of Science? Where is David Hilbert, Alexander Friedmann, Andrei Sakharov, Emmy Noether, Enrico Fermi and Wolfgang Pauli? And why are there even people like N. deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Kruszelnicki, Savage, Hyneman or I. Asimov?
datazoid's avatar
Thanks for your comment! Enrico Fermi is in the third row, fifth across.

I have created a Wolfgang Pauli, but he's part of the next series, so I haven't put him on DeviantART, yet. You can find him here, though:…

Making science accessible and interesting to the general public is, in my opinion, very important. I don't think too many people would argue that the likes of Bill Nye, deGrasse Tyson, Kruszelnicki, Asimov and Savage & Hyneman have done amazing things for raising awareness of science, scientific principles and a general wonder about how the world works in the minds of young people. Without curiosity, there is no science.
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mgrabovskyHobbyist Photographer
Thank you.

However, I disagree with your last paragraph except for the first and last sentence. This view is very US-centric, as there is not many young (let alone older)people  that have heard about these guys here (aside from Mythbusters, possibly; things may have changed, though).
datazoid's avatar
I'm Australian, which is why I chose to include Karl Kruszelnicki, who is a radio and television personality and popular science author in this country. :)
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GehrenbrinkHobbyist Photographer
I loved it! :clap:
, in my humble opinion, lacks Beakman, Mendel, Darwin, and some people from other earlier ages when science was confused with Philosophy, as Galileo, Descartes, Newton, Plato and Aristotle ...
knows a third edition? ;-)
datazoid's avatar
This one only includes people who were alive during the 20th century, but who knows, there might be another. Thanks for your comment! :D
Josephmehring's avatar
I teach 6th grade science. I know you said you are not selling the poster, but is there a way to get a poster size one for my classroom. I'm just looking for ideas and suggestions. Also, of you did not want to make money from it, you could always donate the money to research (or a needy classroom)?
TomHoltzPaleo's avatar
Strange to see Jack Horner in his limited-duration beardless morph!
datazoid's avatar
I figure it made him more of a collector's item. ;)

Thanks for the comment. :D
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