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REVIEW: Calliope Jackalope #2

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Background

Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus continue to release new sofubi vinyl figures under the T+CP banner. Art power couple Kathie Olivas (Calliope Jackalope) and Brandt Peters (Stingy Jack), as well as Chris Ryniak (Ginger), have all released limited edition Japan-made vinyl over the past several months.

One of those new releases is the Calliope Jackalope #2 from artist Kathie Olivas. Not only is this ivory colorway the second painted version of the vinyl, but it contains a few subtle tweaks to the original.

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The Facts



Calliope Jackalope #2
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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Packaging

The Calliope Jackalope comes packaged in a poly bag with header card. That card is the same as the first Calliope. It features an illustrated version of the character (from chest up) on the front. The back comes signed by Kathie Olivas and includes the number in the edition.

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Our Opinion

I like to refer to the Calliope Jackalope #2 as the “Winter Calliope Jackalope”. It features soft colors like the ivory body and sky blue accents. It also looks like the little one was left out in the cold...just look at its pink nose.

That sniffly pink nose is one of the two differences I noticed when comparing this one to the Calliope Jackalope #1. T+CP added two new paint masks to this version. So in addition to the nose, there's also a slight difference in the pupils. The second version has a small white dot on the black of the eye. While it might be easy to overlook, I like this subtle change.

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The paint is where this figure excels (especially in the realm of rotocast vinyl). The Calliope Jackalope #2 features seven different sprays on that ivory vinyl. The blue spray on the belly matches the blue vinyl hat. The face is sprayed peach with those pink accents. The propeller and zipper are air brushed the same dark brown color. The broken antlers are brushed a dijon mustard yellow. And the eyes feature a pair of paint masks – white and black.

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Of course, both Calliopes use the same sculpt. But the color of the vinyl on this version allows some of those sculpted elements (around the legs and the patch on the behind) to stand out more.

If you missed out on the now sold out Calliope Jackalope #1, now's the time to act on the wintery #2. It's also not expected to last very long. And, personally, I like this version a little more than the original. (But both really reflect the source artwork of Kathie Olivas to a tee)

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You can pick one up at the following:

Tomenosuke: $95.00 (International Orders)
Circus Posterus: $95.00 (US and Canada Orders)

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T+CP – Chris Ryniak’s Pickled Ginger

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Circus Posterus x Tomenosuke have announced the newest Ginger sofubi variant from artist Chris Ryniak. Pickled Ginger might just be my favorite piece from the T+CP collaborations.

The colors this time around feature an opaque spray of pink paint on translucent vinyl with carefully painted details. You can see this pretty little lass’ pearly white chompers in that lovely little grimace! The details and character with this version really pop – but don’t tell her that because she doesn’t take compliments well.

The Pickled Ginger will be an edition of 120 pieces, and they will be divided equally between Tomenosuke (international customers) and Stranger Factory (North American customers). When it's released, look for it to retail for $89.00.

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REVIEW: Toxic Marshmallow Stingy Jack

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Background

Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus joined forces to create the T+CP art toy label. To date, they have released sofubi figures based on three different characters: Calliope Jackalope (Kathie Olivas), Stingy Jack (Brandt Peters), and Stinky Ginger (Chris Ryniak). For this review, we'll be taking a gander at Brandt Peters' Toxic Marshmallow Stingy Jack.

Brandt Peters describes his Stingy Jack character as “a US artist’s version of an Irish myth, but told from a contemporary, western neo-vintage perspective.” And says that the vinyl is “designed to look like an American 1930s cartoon character and produced in a Japanese Sofubi format, with a bit of punk thrown in for good measure”.

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The Facts

Toxic Marshmallow Stingy Jack
Manufacturer: Tomenosuke x Circus Posterus
Artist: Brandt Peters
Sculpted by: Yohei of Mirock Toy
Material: Sofubi Japan-made Rotocast Vinyl
Dimensions:
Points of Articulation: 6 points (hat, neck, wrists, ankles)
Edition Size: 120 pieces
Pricing: $95.00

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Packaging

Like the Calliope Jackalope vinyl, we received this figure before it was released and it didn't have the header card. Above is what that header card looks like. The figure comes bagged with that header card attached.

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Our Opinion

The Toxic Marshmallow Stingy Jack is the second Stingy Jack colorway released by T+CP. The first one was simply entitled Stingy Jack, and it more closely resembled a jack-o-lantern in its color scheme. The alternate colorway features the same sculpt on a sofubi vinyl with a black, red and cream paint scheme.

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It appears that there were six paint masks used for the Toxic Marshmallow version. There is the red-orange on the hands, feet, buttons and eyes. There's a brown used on the cigar and the stem fade. A dull sky-blue is used for the ruff (Collar). The pumpkin head is faded between an off-white and cream color. And a pink is used around the eyes.

Similar to the previously reviewed Calliope Jackalope, the Scary Jack sofubi is top of the line quality. I look at the sculpting and the paintwork and can't find a single thing that could be improved upon. It's really a different tier of designer vinyl.

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So I rated this one slightly ahead of the T+CP Calliope Jackalope. Why, you might ask? I'm a fan of jack-o-lantern toys. Not sure why. Possibly it was from watching Return To Oz a few too many times as a youngster. Maybe it was Disney's version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Whatever it was...I like toys with giant gourds as heads.

You can purchase one at the following:

Tomenosuke: $95.00

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REVIEW: Calliope Jackalope

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Background

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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Packaging

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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