You might remember the wooden toy sculptures from the master craftsman at Koubou Atara (工房 Atara) that I posted a few months ago? Here is his latest line of figures from myth and religion. I really love the Jesus and the Iron maiden! There’s also an Oden from norse mythology and a few figures that I imagine might be Krishna and Shiva.
Here’s a cute and rather improbable mash up between Monster Hunter and sweets: the Donyatsu, a wordplay on the Japanese word for kitty (nyanko) and doughnut. Isn’t it adorable? Now I think it’s only a matter of time before someone figures out a way to cosplay this, using real or fake cats! If you want to send your kitten love letters for this wonderful figure, please direct them to Studio Reflect at mitumasa.com – preferably when you’re not at work, unless your work involves figures, anime, manga and Japanese toys.
I passed a camera store in Tokyo the other day and saw this wonderful “gachapon”, toy vending machine for Pentax lovers! It’s a very cute miniature version of the famous and colorful Pentax K DSLRs series. A couple of coins, a twist of the lever and you too can have your very own cell phone strap Pentax! Collect all 15!
As I promised yesterday, here are some harder photos! Hand made toys made entirely out of wood blocks! I saw these a couple of years ago at the biannual Design Festa. Unfortunately, I lost all my notes from that event and so I have no idea of the identity behind the maker of these fantastic toys. The figures are blocky representations, fully posable, of figures from Japanese mythology and buddhistic heroes and demons. The animal figures on the other hand, strike me as either panda bears or ground sloths! Either way, they are fabulous and I just love to see the work of people as skilled as this. Any information on the maker is gladly received, in the comments section please!