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‘Tomb Raider’ Video Chat Backgrounds

Spice up your next video conference call for work or school with a funky Tomb Raider-themed video chat background! The Crystal Dynamics staff have raided their extensive image archives and found twelve scenic backgrounds inspired by some of Lara Croft’s greatest adventures, which they have uploaded to Flickr for your video conferencing pleasure. With these nifty backgrounds, you can hang out with howlers, float among the sunken ruins of Atlantis, sequester yourself in an old library, or ... [Continue Reading]

July 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

Arte-Factual: Burial Doll Replica

In the previous edition of Arte-Factual, I looked at Mexican sugar skulls, a folk art tradition that combines Christian religious practices with ancient Mesoamerican beliefs. This time around, I thought I’d turn my attention to the burial doll replica Lara Croft comes across in the remote town of Kuwaq Yaku in the jungles of Peru. While doing my preliminary research for this article, I discovered that the burial doll in Shadow of the Tomb Raider is modelled after Chancay dolls, which were ... [Continue Reading]

June 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Jason Chester’s ‘Tomb Raider II’ Low-Poly Blender Models

Earlier this year, I interviewed Tomb Raider fan and Blender model designer Jason Chester to learn more about his incredible series of low-polygon models based on the groundbreaking 1996 game. And, as promised, he went on to create a series of models based on the 1997 sequel, completing this mammoth task in late May 2020. The attention to detail is mind-blowing and keen-eyed fans will be able to spot a secret or two hidden away in some of his creations. Some of my personal favourites have been ... [Continue Reading]

May 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Jason Chester’s Low-Poly ‘Tomb Raider’ Blender Models

Tomb Raider fans never cease to find creative new ways to celebrate their fandom and pay tribute to the games that inspire them and Jason Chester is no exception. For the past few months, Jason has designed and created low-poly models of each of Tomb Raider I’s levels, all which can be found in his ArtStation portfolio and on his DeviantArt site. From the ruins of the City of Vilcabamba to the Cistern, from Croft Manor to The Great Pyramid, Jason has poured his heart and soul into ... [Continue Reading]

January 24, 2020 // 3 Comments

Arte-Factual: Mexican Sugar Skulls

The Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, is a multi-day festival in which Mexican families honour and remember their dead, celebrating their lives, building colourful altars for them, and welcoming their spirits back to Earth for an all-too-brief but deeply cherished reunion with their loved ones.  Preparations normally begin in October and culminate in two days of commemoration and celebration: November 1st, when the souls of deceased infants and children returned to the land of the living, ... [Continue Reading]

October 24, 2019 // 5 Comments

Christophe Croft’s ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ Tonner Doll Collection

Mattel may have released a Lara Croft Barbie doll to celebrate the release of the 2018 film but Tomb Raider fans have been collecting and creating custom clothing for their Tonner Doll Lara Croft dolls long before Alicia Vikander stepped into the intrepid adventurer’s boots. One of these devoted fans is Christophe Croft, who has kindly shared photos of his Shadow of the Tomb Raider doll collection with Tomb Raider Horizons. I asked Christophe about his growing collection of Tonner Dolls ... [Continue Reading]

July 31, 2019 // 2 Comments

Review: Official ‘Tomb Raider’ Colouring Book

Life has been a little hectic in recent months, so earlier this month, I decided to treat myself to a copy of the official Tomb Raider colouring book as a way to channel my creativity and let off some steam. The book, published by Dark Horse Comics, was released back in February 2019 and is jam-packed with stunning artwork. Is it a worthy addition to a Tomb Raider fan’s collection? Let’s dive in. The artwork chosen for this colouring book is exquisite and each piece is accompanied ... [Continue Reading]

May 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Tomb Raider Christmas Gift Guide 2018

The holiday season is almost upon us once more and that means it’s time to raid your wallets and search for the ideal gift for the Tomb Raider fan in your life. From novels to action figures, from artbooks to cute little stocking fillers, you’ll find something here to suit any taste or budget. Here are Tomb Raider Horizons’ gift recommendations for Christmas 2018! Games Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) – The final installment in the reboot trilogy, Shadow of the Tomb ... [Continue Reading]

November 25, 2018 // 2 Comments

‘Tomb Raider’ Colouring Book Coming in February 2019

Swap your game controller for a pack of coloured pencils and get ready to unleash your inner artist because Dark Horse Comics is publishing a Tomb Raider colouring book in February! The book, which has been created in conjunction with Square Enix, will celebrate some of Lara Croft’s greatest adventures and will feature 45 highly-detailed, black-and-white images. Fans of the Tomb Raider comics will be happy to hear that veteran comic artists Randy Green and Phillip Sevy are among those who ... [Continue Reading]

September 25, 2018 // 1 Comment