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T+CP’s Tara McPherson Sofubi Prototype

Shinji from Tomenosuke has posted the above photograph of the prototype of Tara Mcpherson' sofubi has been completed. Last year around this time, he had posted about how the figure had taken two years to develop...well, three years total and we have a prototype. This piece will apparently be a joint effort with Circus Posterus under the T+CP brand. And while the above - head-on - shot might be difficult to depict at first. Couple it with the drawing below and you can see what the sofubi is slated to look like.

Pink GID Swirl Stingy Jack and Calliope Jackalope

Artists Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas have designed the Pink GID Swirl Stingy Jack and Calliope Jackalope for the 10th anniversary of Tomenosuke. As a limited edition, the number of pieces for these versions are the the fewest in the T+CP history. Only 32 pieces of each figure have been made, and Tomenosuke is planning to release about 20 pieces each to the collectors not located in North America. In addition, 5 pieces each will be sold at TTF beginning on October 8th at noon.

The release date will be September 10th 2016 at 11AM JST.
Pink GID Swirl Stingy Jack (edition size 32) is 12,800JPY (about $123)
Pink GID Swirl Calliope Jackalope (edition size 32) is 13,800JPY (about $133)

 

Tomenosuke’s Stingy Jack Swirl Release

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Tomenosuke will be releasing the new Stingy Jack Swirl sofubi figure by artist Brandt Peters. The 6.5-inch (165mm) tall vinyl will be available beginning on Friday November 13th 2015 at 9PM JST. Tomenosuke will have 25 out of the total 50 piece edition, with the other half going to Circus Posterus for those located in North America. You'll be able to pick one up for 10,800 JPY (about $90).

Kickstarter: Calliope – short film by Circus Posterus

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Circus Posterus has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce an 8 to 10 minute long spooky stop-motion film named Calliope. The project brings together all-star creators from the world of designer toys (Circus Posterus’ toy designers Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters), stop-motion innovator and Annie Awards Special Achievement recipient Martin Meunier (Coraline) and filmmaker Jon Schnepp (The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened).

Based on Olivas’ classic toy character Calliope Jackalope, Calliope is a post-apocalyptic, fantasy adventure about an other-worldly girl who’s unaware that she’s actually Pestilence, one of the four horseman of the apocalypse. If funded through the now live Kickstarter campaign, Calliope will be written and co-directed by Meunier, Olivas and Peters, executive produced by Schnepp and feature artisans, animators, and fabricators that have worked on stop-motion features including The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Rewards available exclusively through the Calliope Kickstarter campaign include:

  • A 4-figure mini toy set, fabricated by Cardboard Spaceship Toys, based on the second installment from next year’s Olivas-Peters imagined Wandering Misfits mini series
  • A brand new vinyl toy figure, also from Cardboard Spaceship, based on Peters’ Night King
  • An exclusive color design of the ‘Bat with a Secret Past’ from Peters’ Stingy Jack’s universe
  • Olivas and soft sculpture/fine artist Lana Crooks’ micro-edition Calliope resin sculptures with fabric costuming
  • Peters-designed toys made in Japan by toy company Tomenosuke, hand airbrushed by Peters
  • A handmade talking Spirit Board which allows you to play an interactive role in the Calliope story through Divination
  • A new Oracle Deck, like the one Calliope uses in the story's haunting nod to American Spiritualism

The Calliope project will only be funded if at least $110,000 is pledged by .

Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back with caution.

Calliope Jackalope White Polka Dot Edition Release

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In commemoration of the Tomenosuke gallery’s opening, they will be releasing the Calliope Jackalope White Polka Dot Edition, by artist Kathie Olivas, beginning on Friday October 30th 2015 at 9PM JST. The 7.5-inch tall sofubi vinyl is limited to a run of only 50 pieces (25 units will be release by Circus Posterus for North America and Tomenosuke will accept the order from worldwide except US and Canada location). It's priced at 10,800 JYN (about $90).

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T+CP: Kathie Olivas – Clementine Release

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The newest figure release from the Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus  partnership (T+CP) is Kathie Olivas’s Clementine sofubi. The Japan-made vinyl will be a limited edition of 100 pieces. Half of them will be available from Tomenosuke for worldwide customers (excluding North America) and the other half will be available from Circus Posterus (North America only).

Clementine will go on sale from Tomenosuke beginning on Saturday July 18th 2015 beginning at 11AM Japan Time. They will be priced at 9,770JYN (around $80). There's no word yet as to when the Circus Posterus allotment will go on sale for North American customers.

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