Yoskay Yamamoto released his artful Koibito vinyl figure at Munky King last night (12.11) to an appreciative crowd, many of whom waited for several hours for the opportunity to purchase it. Munky King released both the gold ‘n black standard edition (500 pcs, $80) as well an exclusive Smoky Clear version (150 pcs, $100). Both are quite nice though they have very different vibes. Not surprisingly, the Smoky Clear has sold out.
To compliment the drop, Yoskay offered up several hand-customized Koibitos, many of which had mini-scarves. The hand-done deco including delicated flowers looked quite sharp. On the 2D side, Yoskay released the Unrequited Love mini-giclee and the Under the Stars Gocco print. One of each of the prints as well as a few others were raffled off as a thank to you collectors who came out early.
The Koibito is an exquisite piece – an ‘art’ toy without a doubt. It’s graceful and has a strong presence. The figure is a tribute to Yoskay’s departed gold fish. The sentiment shines through the form and the name which means ‘loved one’ and also is a clever play on ‘koi’ fish. One of the top toys of ‘08. So it’s not a surprise that Yoskay was a busy man throughout the evening as small groups came back to the signing table in a well organized fashion.
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