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T+CP: Bitter Mantis Calliope Jackalope and Heathen Snake Skelve

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Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus have added a new colorway to their Calliope Jackalope and Heathen Snake Skelve figures. The brightest color ever, the "Bitter Mantis" green colorway, is now available to purchase. While this version of the Sofubi figures was unveiled at Designer Con 2014, this is the first time those outside of North America can get their hands on the duo (unless they went to DCon). Each figure will be limited to only 60 pieces each.

The 7-inch tall Snake Skelve Bitter Mantis Green by Brandt Peters runs ¥11,500 (about $100). And the 7.5-inch tall Calliope Jackalope Bitter Mantis Green by Kathie Olivas also runs ¥11,500. (This is the first Calliope Jackalope with bangs!) There are also unpainted versions of each available in edition sizes of 6 pieces each.

Tomenosuke accepts worldwide orders, except from US and Canada locations. If customers are residents of the North America area, contact Circus Posterus.

Microbus “To The Mystic Mushroom Forest”

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Tomenosuke has released the Microbus "To The Mystic Mushroom Forest" from Aya Kakeda for pre-order. Designed by Aya Kakeda and sculpted by Yohei Kaneko, the 6.5-inch tall sofubi is an addition of 50 pieces. It features PVC tires as well as removable characters (all of those little guys can pop right off). This translucent pink colorway is currently available to pre-order from Tomenosuke (linked above) for ¥11,500 (around $100.00).

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T+CP Pocket Sideshow and Stingy Jack

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Tomenosuke has announced pricing and edition size for their Pocket Sideshow series. The Painted Edition will be limited to only 100 pieces of each design, while the Unpainted Edition will feature 60 pieces of each design. The full sets will run $150.00 for the Painted Edition and $95.00 for the Unpainted Edition.

Also, the Stingy Jack Bewitching IV Edition will be releasing exclusively for the Bewitching IV Show taking place at Stranger Factory on October 10th 2014. This version will be an edition size 60 pieces and will sell for $95.00 each.

T+CP Pocket Sideshow Series

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From Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus, comes the new T+CP mini sofubi Pocket Sideshow series. The release of the series will take place on October 9th 2014 (via Tomenosuke), with advance sales planned for TTF 2014. Orders from North America will need to go through Circus Posterus.

The four figures included in the series are (in order as pictured above): Snowshoe (Amanda Louise Spayd); Sproot (Chris Ryniak); Otto (Brandt Peters); Penelope (Kathie Olivas). And this is the perfect colorway, considering how the release will take place close to Halloween.

REVIEW: Tide Pool Stinky Ginger

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Background

Produced by the T+CP (Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus) partnership, Chris Ryniak’s Stinky Ginger sofubi vinyl joins Brandt Peters’ Stingy Jack and Kathie Olivas’ Calliope Jackalope as the initial trio of T+CP designs.

The third, and newest, version of Miss Ginger is the Tide Pool Stinky Ginger. This Stinky Ginger features two spray masks (white and black) as well as sprays fading from blue-green to yellow-green. The hands and stomach are sprayed in the lighter yellow-green to have those areas stand out from the rest of the body, which is more subtly shaded.

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The Facts



Tide Pool Stinky Ginger
Series: Stinky Ginger (#3)
Manufacturer: T+CP (Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus)
Artist: Chris Ryniak
Sculpted by: Chris Ryniak and Youhei Kaneko
Material: Japanese Sofubi vinyl
Dimensions: 6.5” tall
Points of Articulation: 3 (wrists and waist)
Edition Size: 60 pieces
Pricing: $89.00

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Packaging

The Tide Pool Stinky Ginger comes (poly)bagged and tagged similar to other figures in the T+CP line. The header card features the Stinky Ginger logo as well as character artwork by Chris Ryniak. And it’s easy enough to remove the figure from the bag without destroying the packaging.

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Our Opinion

There still is hope for vinyl toys, and one of the reasons is the collaborative venture between Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus. It’s not often that a company (or companies) takes a great character concept, transforms it into a killer sculpt, and then produces the perfect toy. But it does happen.

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