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Amanda Louise Spayd’s “Rococo” Snowshoe

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From the Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus partnership comes a special edition of Amanda Louise Spayd’s Snowshoe sofubi from the Pocket Sideshow series. The "Rococo" Snowshoe colorway is an edition of 40 pieces. Half of these (only 20 pieces) will be sold through Tomenosuke and can be bought from all over the world, excluding North America. Circus Posterus will have the remaining 20 pieces available to North America customers.

"Rococo" will go on sale from Tomenosuke on Wednesday February 18th 2015 beginning at 11AM Japan Time. You'll (hopefully) be able to pick one up for $30.00.

“To The Candy Kaijyu Planet” Microbus

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Tomenosuke has announced the third colorway of  Aya Kakeda's Microbus. The glow-in-the-dark "To The Candy Kaijyu Planet" Microbus sofubi has been created through hand-coating, without the use of a spray mask. This version is limited to an edition run of 30 pieces. It goes on sale at 11AM JST on Valentine's Day (Saturday February 14th 2015) - that's 9PM ET on February 13th. You can pick up the To The Candy Kaijyu Planet Microbus for $118.00.

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Microbus – To The Yeti Mountain

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Tomenosuke is set to release the second colorway - electric blue - of Aya Kakeda's Microbus sofubi vinyl. The "To The Yeti Mountain" Microbus is slated to be released on Christmas Day (December 25th 2014) at the above link. This is an edition of 30 pieces and will retail for $99.00.

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Also, they plan to give away the original artwork, which the header card is based upon, to one collector from those who have purchased all of the first Microbus version ("To The Mystic Mushroom Forest", "To The Yeti Mountain" and the third colorway).

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REVIEW: T+CP Pocket Sideshow Series

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Background

The T+CP venture, the collaboration between Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus, has produced some of the best sofubi vinyl figures of the past few years. Among those is a new series of pocket-sized sofubi figures that go by the name - Pocket Sideshow.

The Pocket Sideshow series features four figures, with each design from a different Circus Posterus artist. There’s Otto from Brandt Peters, Penelope from Kathie Olivas, Sproot from Chris Ryniak, and Snowshoe from Amanda Louise Spayd. 

Thanks to Tomenosuke, we’ve been able to get our hands on the first Pocket Sideshow colorway. It’s soft black vinyl painted with shades of orange. Also, there’s a limited run of unpainted black figures…if that’s your thing.

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The Facts



Pocket Sideshow
Manufacturer: T+CP (Tomenosuke + Circus Posterus)
Artists: Amanda Louise Spayd, Brandt Peters, Chris Ryniak, and Kathie Olivas
Material: Sofubi (soft vinyl - Japan)
Dimensions: About 3” tall
Points of Articulation: One each (neck)
Designs: Otto (Brandt Peters); Penelope (Kathie Olivas); Sproot (Chris Ryniak); Snowshoe (Amanda Louise Spayd)
Edition Size: Painted – 100 pieces; Unpainted – 60 pieces
Pricing: ¥4,650 ($40.00) per 2-pack

Packaging

These came poly-bagged without being carded. That’s fine for me, as it’s not likely they would stay trapped in those baggy confines for very long. So there’s not much to talk about here.

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Our Opinion

I’ve been a fan of the work that Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus have done with some of their larger sofubi figures. In a marketplace that’s currently lacking the number and quality of vinyl toys that it had two or three years ago, the T+CP collective has pretty much carried that torch. While the Pocket Sideshow series is a little smaller (hence…fitting in your pocket), it still features the same quality as its larger brethren.

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The series features four figures, each one being from a different Circus Posterus artist. We’ve seen previous T+CP collaborations based on the works of Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, and Chris Ryniak, but this is the first sofubi we’re seeing designed by artist Amanda Spayd. Otto (Peters), Penelope (Olivas), Sproot (Ryniak), and Snowshoe (Spayd) are all cast in black vinyl, with the painted version featuring orange elements (as well as additional paint colors).

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The Pocket Sideshow figures are available in both painted and unpainted editions, with the painted version (100 pieces) being more readily available than the unpainted (60 pieces). Each figure features a single point of articulation at the neck, which is just enough for a figure of this size. Also, the sculpting work on especially Otto and Sproot wouldn’t be possible if they went with more articulation.

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With series such as this, I normally tend to subconsciously choose my favorite. With the Pocket Sideshow series, I think that award would go to Chris Ryniak’s Sproot character. Some of that might be due to my 4-year-old son’s insistence that Sproot was an angry brussel sprout. But I think the series features four very strong sculpts from four really great artists.

They’re currently available for $40.00 for the duo (painted and unpainted). There are additional colorways planned, including the Winter Colorway that will be available beginning on Wednesday December 10th 2014.

Check out the following to pick one up:

Circus Posterus: $40.00 per 2-pack
Tomenosuke: ¥4,650 per 2-pack or ¥17,280 per full set of 8 pieces

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Pocket Sideshow: Winter Colorway

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On Wednesday December 10th 2014, the newest series of the T+CP Pocket Sideshow figures will be released. The Pocket Sideshow: Winter Colorway is colored in a nice and Christmas-y white and red. All four figures will be available from Tomenosuke (for worldwide customers except US and Canada locations) beginning at 11AM Japan Standard Time. North American residents can check out Circus Posterus, who have announced they will list their allotment of figures online on the same day.

The figures will be available in a painted version (100 total pieces) and an unpainted white version (60 total pieces). Those pieces will be split between Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus. Tomenosuke has the set of four figures listed for $95.00 for the painted version and $150.00 for both the painted and unpainted versions (8 total figures).