Our friend Javier Jiménez , over past few months been working really hard on a secret project! a Sofubi version of his adored character Wananeko which we have covered many occasions. With already 62% of the target reached and 30 days left to back the project it will be another winner on Javier’s belt! of course we would like to see the project fully funded and hope it does.
“An fundraiser IndieGoGo campaign for making my previously released in resin figure of my character Wananeko in sofubi!
Last year when I released it for the first time in Japan, lots of fans asked why it was resin instead of sofubi. They all thought Wananeko would look better in sofubi, and I knew they were right, as sofubi is my favorite material too.”
Javier started working on this new version, but didn’t want it to be the exact same figure in just another medium…so he made a few changes and improvements to keep it interesting and more fun!
Now Wananeko will be 5,9” tall, with 5 points of articulation and with interchangeable hands!
Wananeko can transform his whole body, or just some parts…and he has learned how to turn his hand into a parasite-like gun called the Ghost Blaster!
The sofubi figure will be available in 3 versions: its original colorway (factory painted), DIY white, and a clear pink that will be only available through IndieGogo.
I’ve prepared lots of cool rewards for this project, and one of them is a new figure, the Baby version of Wananeko, that will have its resin version as an IndieGoGo exclusive.
There will also be resin customs painted by him, and by artists Candie Bolton and Mark Nagata.
Not only the sofubi but check out the CUTIE Baby Wananeko!
“So I thought: why not make a new figure for this occasion? one that would fit in the StickUp Monsters line and match nicely with the vinyl figure. Then I came up with the idea of making the Baby Wananeko figure. Designed by me and sculpted by Cristina Ravenna, the resin figure will be exclusive to this IndieGoGo campaign, so this is your only chance to score one of the many versions I’ve prepared for you!”
So you are thinking why he needs the money? well here is a clean cut answer “Producing a figure in sofubi is more expensive than producing a resin toy. You have to get an prototype sculpt done and sent over to Japan. Then they do a wax copy and use it to make metal molds that are pretty expensive. Then they pull some test shots, and the paint factory needs paint masks as well. These can get very costy.
I’ve already done a lot of work and I’ve also paid for the prototype, so after that I need $4,500-$5,000 to get the wax, metal molds, paint masks and test pulls, then $1,000 or so to pay for the rewards, IndieGoGo and Paypal fees and other expenses that will surely arise. “
Their are plenty of incentives to back the project from as little or as much as you can head over to http://igg.me/at/wananeko and back the project.
This campaign started on Feb 16 and will close on March 18, 2015
This cat isn’t your ordinary cat; he’s had an incredibly sad and hard life. Upon birth, he was abandoned and forced to live alone as a street cat facing peril and danger. Despite growing incredibly strong due to his rough upbringing on the streets of Japan, he still ended up dying, and out of his hate for humans, became a Yokai. He now takes vengeance by shape-shifting into a basket of meowing kittens on porches of the unsuspecting – only to transform back into a Yokai cat when the door is answered. He attacks whoever opens the door, and wreaks havoc on the inside of their home, delivering revenge to those who turned their eye on him when he was in need. That’s where his name comes from… “Wananeko”, which in Japanese, means “Trap Cat”. You can watch the following video to understand the story better:
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