Stinky Ginger represents an interesting departure from the first two figures, with a stronger emphasis on texture and sculpting detail and a sharper, more angular design - in contrast to the round, smooth designs of Jack and Calliope. To my mind, that helps make the series more well rounded, as it incorporates other sofubi design traditions.
If I were to categorize Stinky, I might place the figure in a similar vein with sculpts from Shikaruna and Yamomark, which are extremely bold and detailed.
Let's start with a look at the packaging.
|The figure comes in a traditional bag + stapled header card, which has a really fun illustration, lettering, and color matching the figure.|
More after the jump:
|The card is signed by Chris, but this edition (of 65) wasn't numbered.|
|Stinky Ginger was based on illustrations by Chris. This print was sold in April, 2012 as part of a fundraiser for the CP artists to raise money to travel to Japan. Copies of the print are still available here. Interestingly, if you check out the other prints in the series, you'll see two other figures in the CP x T sofubi line. Even better, you can still buy all the prints. I haven't got any, but I think it would look pretty awesome to display the prints and figures together.|
|For this photo shoot, Stinky joined me for a bus ride.|
|To the supermarket!|
|The figure stands at 165 mm (6.5") tall. Once again, Yohei Kaneko of Mirock Toys did the final sculpt used to make the mold.|
|On the left, you can see Chris's original sculpt. The size was brought down to bring the figure in line with other CP x T figures. (Stingy Jack also stands at exactly 6.5" tall.)|
|The figure has four parts: By far, the largest is the top part, where you can see all the detail that went into the texture work and stalks jutting out from the head.|
|Here's a closer look at the top, where the design details really stand out.|
|The hands are one of my favorite parts of the figure. They're beautifully sculpted, and they rotate 360 degrees, providing lots of nice posing options.|
|With his rotatable hands, Stinky can even carry long stalks of vegetables, in case - you know, you want to get together for a hot pot meal. Hot pot is delicious.|
|I knew many of these roots. They were friends of mine. The Grocer has gone too far this time!|
Finally, here are details of how you can get future versions:
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
And that's a wrap on our review of Stinky Ginger. Thanks for reading, and remember - when you go to toy conventions - get Stinky, but don't go stinky!