The process involved Brandt's original character design, as well as a 3D rendering by Circus Posterus's Teodoru Badiu, plus a resin prototype, followed by a new sculpt, waxing, test pulling, mask making, and many more steps until the figure reached the final manufacturing stage. For an exhaustive look at all the steps, check out the Tomenosuke blog and the Circus Posterus blog.
I'm thrilled to have the chance to discuss this toy, which blends western and eastern toy design and production techniques. Let's start with the packaging:
|The figure is packaged in traditional sofubi style, in a clear plastic bag with a stapled header card.
|Beautiful header front featuring an illustration and the figure's name in English + Japanese.
|I shot the figure at my local park, which we might as well call KK Park since I do most of my outdoor toy shooting there.
Let's look at the figure from all sides:
|From the side you can see how bold the design is, with a long pointed nose and curving spindly stalk rising out of the figure's head. Pulling off feats like these is a testament to the sculpting mastery of Yohei Kaneko of Mirock Toy, who sculpted the figure, and Obitsu, which led the manufacturing stages.
|Speaking of hats, Stingy's hat is a separate part which spins around. I had a thought that this "appendage" could make for some very interesting possibilities down the line should they choose to make other parts in place of the hat.
|The hands attach to the figure at the wrist and are articulated. Incidentally, a separate paint mask had to be made for the cigar. They really went to town on this figure!
|Articulated left hand
|Here you can see the feet articulation. They can each be turned completely front to back, yet the figure will only stand if they're turned outwards.
|Look at that beautiful clear purple body!
|All posing and no fun make Stingy Jack long for some old school swing action.
|Stingy wants everyone to pay attention to the park rules!
|Stingy meets a fellow his own size...
|...and wants to thank you all for joining us!
For the series, sales of the figure in North America will be handled by Stranger Factory:
109 Carlisle Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA
While international sales will be handled by Tomenosuke-syoten.
TAKAYAMA-SHI, GIFU, 5060011
I hope you enjoyed this review as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Down the line, I hope to have a chance to bring you more close-up looks at these really fun figures. Thanks for reading!