My original theme was circus, but I narrowed it down to clowns. I found so much inspiration during my research on clowns, I decided to run with it as my new theme. Circus clowns, french clowns and jesters were all great sources of inspiration.
Scary vs Funny
Although clowns historically were about entertainment, such as jesters, I felt in more recent history the term clown has become more complex. Scary and darker clowns are becoming more and more common especially in television and film. So my clown robots play off of this newer modern take on clowns.
Behind the Scenes
Originally JoJo was going to have a bobblehead, but during a design sketch I located his head lower on his body. It created a hunchback look that I ultimately decided to keep.
The size of these robots are a bit bigger too. This was to create a wow factor while being displayed. Clowns are not meant to blend into a background - they stick out in almost every setting.
Clown or Robot, Robot or Clown
With all my robots I try to strike a 50/50 balance between the theme features, such as clown, and robot features. This way I do not lose the robot in the clown or lose the clown in the robot. Balance in these features is very important.