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The Tomenosuke Blaster and Blade Runner 2049

If you've followed the goings on at Tomenosuke, then you likely know how long they've been working on perfecting and producing their Tomenosuke Blaster. The replica of Deckard's Blaster from Blade Runner has been a passion project for Shinji and the other folks at Tomenosuke.

Now, according to them, there has been some suspicious quotes made by Blade Runner 2049's Prop Master Doug Harlocker. He claims that he tracked down the original blaster from an unnamed individual who purchased the item at auction. Tomenosuke claims that the Blaster featured in this Wired article and the VICE piece below show the Tomenosuke Blaster and not one produced by the prop master.

There is a pretty detailed rundown with photographic evidence over at this Tomenosuke blog post. Personally, I know how long and hard Shinji has been working on this project. The Tomenosuke Blaster not only bears the company's name...but in a little bit, its soul. So I'm sure all of those involved are devastated that their hard work will not be recognized within the film. I'm here to recognize that hard work and craftsmanship right here.

Tomenosuke Exclusive Shakatti Release

 

Tomenosuke has announced details for the release of this very special hand-painted Shakatti sofubi from Mirock-toy. The golden Shakatti with a Buddha motif is the first installment of Mirock-toy's Tomenosuke's Exclusive Buddha Trooper Surrenders, the ultimate sofubi figure series for Tomenosuke, and will be released right at midnight on September 1st 2017 at 11:59PM. The nearly 10-inch tall soft vinyl figure will be available to purchase for 16,200JPY (about $150).

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.

Tomenosuke Blaster 2049 Stunt Model Kit

Tomenosuke is showing off all of these amazing shots of their upcoming Tomenosuke Blaster 2049 Stunt Model Kit. They'll be releasing more details about availability soon, but if it's anything like their recent Tomenosuke Blasters, this one is sure to be super-popular. But it will be launched next week and a lot of 100 pieces will begin shipping the week of July 24th 2017. Just in time to go hunt down some replicants.

Tomenosuke’s Phantom of the Paradise Mask Progress

Tomenosuke is making progress on their Phantom of the Paradise Mask. In cooperation with High Brothers Production, the right eye of the mask will feature a transparent acrylic lens and there will be a hinge to attach the mask to the helmet.

Now...if you've never seen Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise...you really need to. It's a 1970's cult film loosely based on Phantom of the Opera, Faust, and The Portrait of Dorian Gray with the music of Paul Williams. And the film is known as the influence for Daft Punk, and their unique outfits.

Gigantic Crab Kaiju Tomenosuke Exclusive

Tomenosuke has announced details of their Tomenosuke Exclusive Gigantic Crab Kaiju Geosesarma version designed by JUBI and produced by Unbox Industries. The detailed hand-painted finish lives up to expectations, measuring 13-inch across. This edition is limited to a run of 50 pieces. It will go on sale beginning at 11AM JST on May 13th 2017 (10PM ET on May 12th). For international orders, check out Tomenosuke's international site. The figure is listed at ¥14,800 (about $136).

Piranha Prop Replica Model

Tomenosuke is bringing back the killer fish, created by two of the greatest monster makers - Rob Bottin who worked on “The Thing” (1982) and ”RoboCop” (1987), and Phil Tippett on the “Jurassic Park” (1993) and “Starship Troopers” (1997) - for a low-budget (and now cult) film “Piranha” (1978).

Under the supervision by the legendary Japanese producer, Chako Vanleeuwen, the Japanese monster maker Higa Brothers cast the real piranha prop model and have handcrafted each and every piece to authentically reproduce the original creature –the Piranha Prop Replica Model.

There are two version available. The Latex Version (faithfully reproduction even the texture of the actual prop) is an edition size of 50 pieces and priced 69,800JPY (about $628). The Fiberglass Version is also an edition size 50 pieces and is priced at 53,440JPY (about $480).Both versions come with a walnut display stand and are signed by Chako Vanleeuwen.

Tomenosuke's international shopping site (which would include the US) can be found here.

La Planete Sauvage “Tiva” Eyeline Version

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Tomenosuke will be releasing the La Planete Sauvage “Tiva” Eyeline Version - a Tomenosuke Exclusive - via three different ways. The first release (10 pieces) will take place at the Tomenosuke booth at Taipei Toy Festival 2016 at Noon on October 9th 2016. The second release (20 pieces) will take place through Tomenosuke's website on October 30th 2016 at 11AM. The third release (20 pieces) will take place at the Tomenosuke booth of the Tokyo Comic Convention 2016 on December 3rd 2016 at Noon. The figure will be priced at JPY8,640 ($79.00).

 

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