Miami artist Chris Pyrate is following up his Three Eyed Kaiju designer toy with Luck Katju, an amalgum of symbols for prosperity and Japanese kaiju. "The inspiration behind the Lucky Katju stems from two main sources: my love for old school Kaiju films and Manekki-Neko (A.K.A. Lucky Cats). When I first came up with the idea, I was really into studying different cultural symbols for prosperity, and the Lucky Katju is just one of many ideas that came out of this... Hopefully I'll explore more of these symbols in the future too!" Everything about this piece is awesome, from the kaiju ears, to the cartoon paws, to the intense scale work.
After seeing Chris' first toy, several producers contacted him. After talking with Strangecat Toys, he knew he found the best home for Lucky Katju. "It just seemed super appropriate being the design inspiration and the co-producer's company are both based on cats," says the artist. The figure will be cast in Poly Stone, which is a brand of plastic material that mimic the look and feel of stones. (The above images are of the clay master sculpt.) Strangecat will be releasing the limited edition figure to coincide with Art Basel in Miami. "I believe they will be around $60 and will come with an accessory and a wraparound-image box just like my fist release," says Chris.
Keep it tuned here for more updates on Lucky Katju!
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