The recent clamour for Seattle based artist Excape Artist’s work has introduced to the world his series of Dinosaurs v Robots prints, and sci-fi fans all over the world are doing the utmost to have their very own copy on the mantelpiece. The concept is not too dissimilar to ‘Alien vs. Predator’, but just on a grander scale. And actually quite good.
In fact, Excape Artist deserves all the plaudits he receives for having the guts to address one of life’s great questions, a question that has been the reason behind bar fights the world over and is drunkenly debated on a daily basis: if a dinosaur fought a mutant robot, who would win?
The ‘Brachiosaurus’ depicts a scene reminiscent of gamekeepers taking down an African elephant. The difference is, gamekeepers are rather more successful, albeit less equipped, than this team of machine gun wielding robots. They should have heeded the dinosaur’s warning, because when a Brachiosaurus said he was ‘putting his foot down’, he clearly meant it.
‘What would happen if the Tin Man gave a piggy back to a dinosaur?’. You, like so many others before you, have probably asked this question. Well here’s the answer. It would turn nasty. Very nasty indeed. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the robot was so easily overcome – fighting an armoury consisting of a hard head and a water pistol, the Dynonicus probably didn’t meet much resistance.
Like a futuristic scene from ‘Boyz n The Hood’, this print proves that hooded robot gangs actually do exist. Hoods are great for hiding your identity, but not so great when your peripheral vision is hindered just as a Stegosaurus is about to put one of its tail spikes through your head. Even if the robot did survive, it would be little consolation, as a full investigation from RoboCop would have surely ensued, and he doesn’t mess around.
At first glance, it’s difficult to see where dinosaur stops and robot starts, but look closely enough and it becomes clear that the robot is being held in suspension, on its side, by the Styracosaurus’s horn. Through its head. If ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Edward Scissorhands’ had ever decided to join forces and make a film, this is what it probably would have looked like. It may seem like a ridiculous concept on paper, but so did ‘Alien vs. Predator’, and look how good that turned out to be!