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REVIEW: Calliope Jackalope

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After working together on the Monsters & Misfits shows, Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus have teamed up to release several vinyl figures under the T+CP name. One of those sofubi figures is the Calliope Jackalope from artist Kathie Olivas. It was released at Designer Con 2012, and – unfortunately for those reading this – quickly sold out. Hopefully, this is just the first in a series of colorways.

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The Facts

Calliope Jackalope
Manufacturer: Tomenosuke x Circus Posterus
Artist: Kathie Olivas
Sculpted by: Yohei Kaneko of Mirock Toy
Material: Sofubi Vinyl (Japan)
Dimensions: 8.5” tall feet to hat (7” tall seated)
Points of Articulation: 5 (hat, neck, legs, tail)
Edition Size: 120 pieces
Pricing: $95.00

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We received this figure before it was released, so we didn't get a chance to see the final production packaging hands-on. But the bagged figure included the above pictured header card.

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Our Opinion

There are few artists whose characters have the distinctive look of Kathie Olivas' Misery Children. Each of the little kids feature a big forehead and a pair of large, almond-shaped eyes. We've seen plenty of them in paintings and as customs, but there have only been a handful of original production vinyl toys from this Circus Posterus member.

A collaboration between Circus Posterus and Tomenosuke, the Calliope Jackalope is a sofubi vinyl made in Japan. It's difficult to show the quality of the actual vinyl material. But here's an analogy: “Chinese-made vinyl is to Japanese-made vinyl, as hamburger is to filet mignon.”

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Not only is the vinyl and sculpting of the highest quality, but the paint work is near perfection. A total of 8 spray masks (propeller, full face, broken antlers, eye area fill, eye pupil, lips, belly and zipper) were required for the Calliope Jackalope. So that means every color on the figure, from the silver on the chest to the light shading on the cheeks and mouth, uses a different mask. When finished, the figure has a nice, glossy look to it.

One thing you'll need to decide is how you'll display Kathie Olivas' Calliope Jackalope. I'd recommend placing it on a shelf ledge so that the legs can be turned downward. But if your shelving isn't that stable, you can always turn the legs to mimic a seated position or set it on top of something (do they still make those plastic pizza box tripods?)

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Unfortunately, this version is sold out over at Tomenosuke. It does appear that there will be other variant colorways (this version is labeled #1) released in the future. But if you're looking for this specific version, it appears the secondary market might be your only avenue. For a vinyl piece of this quality, it's well worth the listed retail price of $95.00. (Probably why it sold out so quickly)

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Tomenosuke x Circus Posterus’ Stingy Jack and Jackalope Release – TODAY!

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Tomenosuke will be releasing two new SOFUBI vinyl figures on November 11th 2012 at 00:00:00 JST (that's 10:00AM ET Today - November 10th 2012). These new pieces are a joint collaboration between Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus.

You can pick them up RIGHT HERE.

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The Toxic Marshmallow Stingy Jack (designed by Brandt Peters) measures 7.5" in height. It's limited to an edition of 120 pieces, retailing for $95.00 plus $15.00 international shipping.

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The Calliope Jackalope (designed by Kathie Olivas) also stands in at 7.5" tall. It's an edition of 120 pieces and will sell for $95.00 plus $15.00 for international shipping.

Tomenosuke Blaster Pro

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If you're a techie geek or a film buff, you've probably seen the Tomenosuke Blaster (from Tomenosuke). It's a Japanese made prop replica (without the Blade Runner licensing) that's extremely complex and high priced (84,000 JPY or around $1,050). But man! Does it look exactly like Rick Deckard's firearm.

They've already sold out of several version of the replica blaster - about 900 total pieces. Now, Tomenosuke is selling the third edition, which is an edition size 300 pieces...and as you can see from the photo gallery below, the most detailed model yet.

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Tomenosuke Celebrates 6 Years with 3 Exclusive Releases

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On September 29th 2012, Tomenosuke will be marking their 6 year anniversary. In celebration, three exclusive pieces will be released. The first (pictured above), is the Porcelain Kosplay by Ajee + k.olin tribu. It's an edition size of 6 pieces and will sell for $970.00 each. The Kosplay figure will go up on sale at 12:10AM JST on September 30th (11:10AM ET on September 29th).

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Secondly, this exclusive version of Gary Baseman's Rovno Warrior will be a limited run of 99 pieces. It will run $150.00, and - if ordered in North America - be shipped domestically from Oregon (that means you'll save some on shipping). The Rovno Warrior will be released at 12:05AM JST on September 30th (11:05AM ET on September 29th).

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And lastly, Taiwanese artist Shon's handmade resin figure Cap Duck Mouse will be released at 12:00AM (midnight) JST on September 30th (11:00AM ET on September 29th). This limited edition of 12 pieces will sell for $240.00 each.

Stingy Jack by Brandt Peters

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Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus are proud to announce their very first sofubi vinyl figure toy release: Stingy Jack by Brandt Peters. Sixty pieces will be made available through Circus Posterus’ gallery and store (Stranger Factory) and sixty pieces will be available at Tomenosuke (all sales outside of North America). The figure will retail for $95.00 (7,600 yen).

The Stranger Factory Stingy Jack Release:

Sunday August 26th 2012 at 1:00PM PT (only North American sales)

The Tomenosuke Stingy Jack Release:

Saturday August 25th 2012 Midnight Local Takayama, Japan time (all sales outside of North America)

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Tomenosuke Exclusive: Troubleboys no7 Drifter

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Tomenosuke is revealing bits and pieces of information (and photos) of the Troubleboys no7 Drifter: Tomenosuke Exclusive. This piece was designed by FERG, specifically for Tomenosuke. The Drifter is slated to be completed in May 2012...and we'll give you more details as we get closer.

Erick Scarecrow x Eno Collab

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Erick Scarecrow (ESC-Toy) has dropped a promo of an upcoming collaboration with Japan artist Eno from Tomenosuke. The figure is called "Zone 6", and it's slated to be dropping in late 2012.

Tomenosuke Exclusive Bronze Jumping Brain Japan Red Edition

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Tomenosuke is introducing their newest exclusive piece. The Bronze Jumping Brain Japan Red Edition is a bronze sculpture created by Emilio Garcia. Limited to only 5 pieces worldwide, it will be released at Midnight JST on February 18th 2012 (I believe 10:00AM EST on February 17th). Each piece will cost $1,500.00. For more info, check out here.

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Tomenosuke Exclusive Lady Butterfly Cherry Pink Edition

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Tomenosuke is proud to present the Lady Butterfly Cherry Pink Edition by NY based street artist Aiko. This version is limited to only 10 pieces worldwide. It will be released on February 14th 2012 (Valentine’s Day) at 2:00PM JST. (That is at Midnight EST on the morning of February 14th). The Lady Butterfly Cherry Pink Edition will cost $550.00 and includes worldwide shipping.

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Pretty Boi Bio-Morph


Erick Scarecrow has teamed up with Eno of Tomenosuke to produce this limited run of Pretty Boi Bio-Morph colorways. Each figure is a limited one-off piece. These are signed and numbered out of 5. It will also come with a print done by Yaji and ESC-Toy. They will be released at some time during this week via the ESC shop.

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