REVIEW: Carrot Shake Jake
Gary Ham recently released his first self-produced vinyl figure – Carrot Shake Jake. Produced by Superham Designs (his company), the 6” tall orange rabbit has a strong hankering for carrot shakes.
Jake is a unique rabbit. He has giant teeth and tiny feet. He flops when he hops and creates trenches when he walks. His teeth are so big he can’t chew his carrots. He drinks carrot shakes!
The figure is packaged in a predominantly green rectangular box. It has a window pane front which is shaped like a milkshake cup. The interior packaging consist of dual interlocking plastic trays.
As far as reading material and pictures, Gary Ham has that covered. Both sides have drawings of Carrot Shake Jake (one side shows what drinking carrot shakes will do and the other shows the consequences of not drinking them). The rear of the box has background info on the character as well as a handy carrot shake recipe.
Carrot Shake Jake is Gary Ham’s first vinyl figure, standing in at 6” tall (with the long ears). If you’re wondering about the piece minus the ears, it’s about 2.75” in height. Each Jake is packaged with 4 different ears, 2 bent and 2 straight. The part of the ear that is inserted into the head is shaped differently for the left and right ears.
This vinyl has no points of articulation and stands by balancing on his large teeth and tiny feet. Carrot Shake Jake is limited to a run of 500 pieces.
Being a fan of John K and the Spumco style of animation, Gary Ham’s artwork caught my eye. Gary’s Haminals (Animals with Oink Appeal) appear to have been the inspiration for his Carrot Shake Jake vinyl. Could we see more of these characters turned into vinyl figures? I sure hope so.
But let’s talk about the recently released Carrot Shake Jake. The sculpt is somewhat complicated. In order for the tongue and mouth to be sculpted precisely, the upper part of the head was produced separate from the rest of the body. You might be able to see a faint seam along the side and back on the vinyl.
Using the teeth to help steady what would have been a rather top-heavy piece works well. And who doesn’t like choices? Being able to switch out Jake’s ears allows you several display possibilities.
Finally, not only is the vinyl well produced, but the packaging is one of the better we’ve seen. There is a retro feel to front of the box. But there’s also plenty of reading (I might just test out that shake recipe) and a number of drawings of Carrot Shake Jake.
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Carrot Shake Jake Grades:
Fun Factor: 9/10
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