80′s action figures, designed by neural network
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80′s action figures, designed by neural network

80′s action figures, designed by neural network

Part of the power of a recursive neural network is that the same framework can teach itself to generate text in a huge variety of styles. So far I’ve used it to generate things like recipes, Dr. Who episode titles, D&D spells, story titles, metal band names, Pokemon, and paint colors.

But could the neural network learn to generate names for 1980s American action figure toys?

Trent Troop, an indie toy designer who blogs at therobotmonster.tumblr.com and bmogtoys.tumblr.com and also runs https://www.facebook.com/prizeinsidetoys/, gave me a list of about 3,700 action figures from the 1980s and 1990s, from lines including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and My Little Pony.

I give you: 80′s action figures, designed by neural network. I remember there were lots of ninja toys and battle toys in the 1980s, but I don’t remember the stank-themed toys, to be honest.

Stanker
Action Bun
Sanesaur
Bull-Bat
Stenky
Slorp
Stan Bad
Bluck-ing Ding Tark
Slimetrat
Ninja Rain
Flarg
Ninja Rat
Shy Moat
Stank Spenker
Pumble Cat
Catrain
Fracken
Narkle
Alter Pant
Danky
Stalking Spanking Narlo-tie Dere
Shark Troll
Storm Shrek
Treed Trooper
Arnon Prombot
Rotercomming Pingaling
Mama
Mindlick
Claw Wind
Strong Boot
Potter Stank
Sharkstorm
Head Snarp
Blue Man
Casthean Cuttlebat
Disky Thik Topping Toth Ottamus Prime
Sewer Man with Slagg Light
Battle Command Master Cramp
Viperlord
Crustillar
Blaster with Man Dreads
Rench Beast
Cobra Funk
Headstank
Burble Beast
Battle Battle Action Master Growl Teom
Strawberry Shorttake with Burdball
Battle Bong
Snack Blast
Spocky Man
Princess Pow
Princess Backing Punch
Slothar
Surfer Bat