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Death Cat Toys’ Kai-ju Kun prototype revealed…

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The first standalone sofubi – the Sea Monster Kid or Icthy – from Death Cat Toys revealed

  • Size: 3.5″ (TBC)
  • Articulation: 1 point (neck)
  • Designed by Death Cat Toys’ Johan Ulrich and sculpted by Beth Graves
  • Based on the prehistoric dolphin named Ichthyosaurus (derived from Greek ιχθυς/ichthys meaning ‘fish’ and σαυρος/sauros meaning ‘lizard’)
  • Keep track of the Death Cat Toys Instagram here for more details soon

TAN’s Pig Pig Man sofubi prototype revealed…

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With his Mimi Monster proving to be one of the biggest new releases in sofubi last year, artist TAN has wasted no time in getting to work on a follow-up… proudly presenting the wonderfully grotesque Pig Pig Man! Drawing inspiration across urban legend and neo-kaiju, the beautifully sculpted figure appears to be much larger than Mimi at around 7″ long (TBC), coming with a flabby pig torso and appendages with a human-faced head akin to Jinmenken. Currently in the final stages of clay prototyping, we’ll be looking forward to Pig Pig Man’s debut later this year…


Mutant Vinyl Hardcore’s new “parasitic worm” figure announced…

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Continuing his seemingly endless onslaught of new figures into 2016, Rich Montanari Jr over at Mutant Vinyl Hardcore has just unveiled what could possibly be his most disturbing sculpt to date… a parasitic worm “pet” for Zug the Troll! As the eagle-eyed amongst you may be aware, the super-gross cycloptic head sculpt you see above was actually meant to be part of a collaboration with IzuMonster, but due to ongoing scheduling issues has since been given a rather unique worm-like body with gorgeous rough texturing inspired by old school kaiju. Currently in the early stages of development at present, we’ll be waiting with baited breath for further updates on the as-yet-untitled figure soon…


Gorgoloid x Awesome Toy’s “Fiji Mermaid” announced…

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Originally seeing a couple of limited releases in resin last year, Gorgoloid‘s super-creepy Fiji Mermaid is set to make a return in sofubi courtesy of Awesome Toy soon! Based on the original sideshow oddity that was bought by an American Sea Captain from Japanese sailors in the early 1800’s, these “mermaids” were created by Asian fishermen who would stitch together taxidermy monkey and fish bodies to resemble the mythical beasts. Coming in at around 3.5″ long, Gorgoloid’s rendition has been slightly altered to fit the new medium, featuring a similar 2-part design with simplified arm and head detailing. Due to become Awesome Toy’s first new figure release of 2016, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for the full lowdown on the Fiji Mermaid’s debut very soon…

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Restore’s “Collectlister” Neo Japan sofubi prototype unveiled…

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Following a week of agonising teasers on Instagram, the guys over at RESTORE are proud to finally unveil their latest sofubi in-full, the mighty “Collectlister”! Said to be the first “enemy” character in the ongoing Neo Japan saga, the exquisitely detailed figure has been designed and sculpted by none other than Abe Junnokai, coming in at around the same size as previous releases at 8″ tall and featuring a number of cool design features- the most interesting coming in the form of that gorgeous – presumably resin cast – goat diety chest insert. With a due date set for “Spring-Summer 2016”, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed we hear more on this beautifully realised oni demon soon…


MAN-E-NEWS// Devils Head Productions’ “Apalala” sofubi prototype teased…

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“The ‘Ta fang hsi-yu chi’ by Hsuan-tsang (a Chinese scholar who wrote about India) tells the story of Apalala. Kasyapa Buddha was a man with the power to control the weather. He did so by controlling the evil dragons that possessed the power to bring storms. In return for his good will in controlling these storms, the local people offered him grain. Eventually, the people started to forget to offer the grain and Kasyapa grew angry. He prayed that he would become a dragon, so that he could punish them for their selfish behavior.

This prayer was eventually granted and after his death he became the dragon Apalala. He made his home in a pond in Udhyana (an old name for the area of the Swat valley). He destroyed the area with powerful storms and rain. This continued every crop season until Sakyamuni Buddha visited the area. He persuaded Apalala that what he was doing was wrong. They came to an agreement where Apalala would stop his destruction in return for one crop every twelve years. Rather than relying on the people to provide the offering, he would take it himself by flooding the land.”

Having had continued success with his Alavaka sofubi, Toby Dutkiewicz over at Devils Head Productions has just announced that he’ll have another figure ready for soft vinyl soon! Whilst we have very little to go on aside from the name “Apalala” and the detailed backstory above, we can confirm that the piece will be around the same size as a standard “fight” figure at 4.5″ tall. Be sure to keep an eye on the DHP Instagram feed here for more details on this intriguing project soon…


MAN-E-NEWS// Ummikko’s “Cobra Man” inspired sofubi prototype revealed…

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Having had continued success with his debut sofubi Koninu, Monkey3000 over at Ummikko is proud to unveil a near-finished prototype for his latest vinyl figure! Drawing inspiration from classic tokusatsu characters as well as cult horror flick Dreamscape’s Cobra Man, the figure appears to be around the same scale as Koningu at 5.5″ tall, once again coming complete with articulation in both the arms and waist. Pictured here as a near-finished clay prototype, will all things going well, we should hopefully see the beast’s debut in soft vinyl before the year is out… Keep track of Monkey3000’s Instagram feed here for more news over the coming months!