Previously on Stingy Jack, An Anatomy II: Stingy Jack sees double after he’s made into a wax model! Five metal molds are created and the folks at Obitsu start casting Stingy’s individual parts. Now: we return to the factory and watch as Stingy’s clone army comes to life one by one.
After all of Stingy’s parts have been poured, spun and popped, the sculptors at Obitsu are left with dozens of lone limbs that need to be reassembled. But before doing that, the flashing needs to be cut off — these are the cone-like scraps you see on the left side of the picture below. The flashing makes it easier to extract the vinyl from the mold, so it can be discarded after the figure is pulled. That’s when the fun of reanimation begins …
So what you see above are two test-pulls. These help give the artist and manufacturer an idea of what the finished product will look like, and they also help determine what modifications need to be made (if any) to the figure before diving into production. In Stingy’s case, Brandt, Shinji and Co. decided it’d be best to thicken the vinyl in a couple areas to make the toy better supported. Once that was squared away, it was time for the next exciting thing: choosing the colorway.
When it comes to pulling colours for the factory, Pantone’s Matching System (PMS) is pretty much the industry standard for printing, plastics manufacturing, fabrics and the like. These reference numbers allow the factory to accurately reproduce the artist’s palette. Stingy’s first colourway is a regal purple fade set on translucent vinyl. Similar to this:
Now bear in mind that this is just a test and is NOT the finished product, but it’s a great example of what we have to look forward to aesthetically. The QC is killer, the figure is clean and comedic and I personally can’t ever get enough of sofubi’s glossy finish.
Stick around as the grande finale is just around the corner — word has it that we may have a reveal of the first Stingy Jack as early as this week! And then, we’re on to the little lady known as Calliope …
[via the Tomeno blog]