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 the target goal reached and 16 days left to back the project it will be another winner on Javier’s belt! the newest stretch goal for Wananeko soft vinyl figure is to make vinyl guts for the Wananeko figure. Clear with guts sofubi toys are beautiful additions to any collection, as the clear figure lets you see the crazy organs inside perfectly making them really unique.
“Guts have to be sculpted with a soft vinyl figure as a reference for size, so I don’t have anything physical to show you. But what I do have is an anatomy of Wananeko illustration I did as a tribute to Japanese artist and yokai master Shigeru Mizuki. The vinyl guts will be very similar to those you can see in the illustration below”
The next stretch goal target is $10,000 (and he only needs $800 more!), as soon as he gets the first vinyl figures they will start sculpting the guts, and then ship them to Japan to be produced in vinyl. When they are done, a first clear with guts edition of Wananeko will be produced and offered first to those who backed this project, no matter what reward they chose. Backers will be able to get this version for $50 plus shipping, while the retail price for everybody else will be $75 ,
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. “
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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