Posted by Nick November 19, 2012

Finally the full unveilling of Junko Mizuno's collaboration with the Kidrobot Black label! 'Kuro Megami' is 11" of pure Junko gorgeousness that you and I both need to own this very instant. 

To be honest i've been a bit scathing of KR Black releases in the past having many a gripe with the releases they have deemed to be 'classic designs'. This is the 7th release from Kidrobot, and for me this is the only one aside from Tara McPherson's Lilitu that ticks all the boxes. Visually stunning, looks to be superbly made and the design is a classic artist defining piece. 

"The goddess beckons. Flowers seductively lead to the serpent in her womb. She wears a coat of hair that shines like armor, protecting her body as well as her identity. Two sweet and small guards stand at her feet with chains holding them in two of six gloved hands. Like the Asian ancients before her, she commands power with imagery and attention with metallic. Under her breasts, a skull and heart reside. She houses both life and death. She is a symbol for worship and a vessel for cosmic energy: strong and unsympathetic."

Kuro Megami is released tomorrow, Nov 20th and limited to 200pcs - each figure is hand numbered with the artsits signature engraved on the bottom. Personally i think the $400 is pretty steep but I have no doubt that toy and Junko fans will snap this up in an instant!

I can't help thinking about a discussion we had just a month ago at the Kidrobot 10th anniversary event about how the toy industry had changed over the years. This Junko figure is a good example, i think, of the kind of toy that Kidrobot and other companies would have made 6 years ago without batting an eyelid whereas now it needs to be part of an exclusive label and more expensive than the last 2 Kaws releases. Don't get me wrong i absolutely love the figure and would snap one up in a heartbeat if i had the money but $400 is a hell of alot. It's probably not that insanely priced considering its size and sheer level of detail - it just made me think of how the industry has changed, but i look forward to seeing how quickly fans snap it up.




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