Tomenosuke has another release that will please fans of 1970's cult classic films - this one being from 1974's Flesh Gordon (no...not Flash Gordon). The new sofubi Flesh Gordon Pistol OG Colorway will be released on Friday June 1st 2018 at 11:00am JST (May 31st at 10pm ET). The 8-inch long weapon (?) will be an edition size of 80 pieces in this color version. It will retail for 9,980JPY (about $90).
Tomenosuke is bringing back the killer fish that was created by two of the greatest monster artists - Rob Bottin who worked on “The Thing” (1982) and Phil Tippett on the “Starship Troopers” (1997) - for the low-budget film “Piranha” (1978) when they were still unknown. The Piranha Prop Replica Model Resin Cast Kit is produced under the permission of Chako Vanleeuwen, a film producer of the New World Pictures "Piranha”, by Tomenosuke.
The 12-inch long resin fish will come unpainted (there are instructions on how to paint it movie-accurate). The first run will be limited to 30 pieces. It will be available at 11AM JST on Friday April 20th 2018 (10PM ET on April 19th) for 25,500JPY (about $240). More info available here.
Tomenosuke is planning to release the A.I. Tomeko Tomenosuke Exclusive this coming weekend. A.I., which stands for Adult Intelligence, is designed by Kikkake Toy and made of Sofubi. Standing in around 10.6 inches in height, this version will be limited to a run of 20 pieces.
You can pick one up beginning at 10:00PM on Thursday April 12th 2018. The figure will retail for 21,600JPY (around $200).
Tomenosuke has released a special version of Tara McPherson's sofubi vinyl figure - Stella and Flux. The 8.75-inch tall vinyl is made in Japan. And this special version has Rhinestone's glued on various spots (as you can see from the photo above). You can grab one of these special releases for ￥13,500 (or about $129).
Tomenosuke is releasing the Ashuran Tomenosuke Exclusive by Mirock-Toy on March 17th 2018 at 11:00am JST (that would be 10PM ET on March 16th). Measuring about 11.5 inches in height, the figure has been sculpted by artist Youhei Kaneko. This Tomenosuke Exclusive version is a limited edition run of 15 pieces and will retail for 21,600JPY (about $202.50).
The Belladonna of Sadness Statue Tomenosuke Exclusive figure will be released online this weekend. Only available from Tomenosuke, this limited edition (50 pieces) is produced by Unbox Industries. It will be released on Saturday February 17th 2018 at 11AM JST. (That's 9PM ET on Friday February 16th). This elegant figure will retail for 17,820JPY (or about $165).
Tomenosuke has released the items available from the Curious Forest - 2017 Japan Exhibition. The show features works by artists Amanda Louise Spayd and Chris Ryniak. You can now pick up works by both artists. But act fast as they're going quickly.
Tomenosuke has announced a new exclusive release. The Belladonna of Sadness statue will be a Tomenosuke exclusive. No word yet on specific details about release date (or pricing), but we will update as it's released.
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.