Korean artist Lee Jisu’s Jozio—‘A boy who was man’—is rooted in his original artwork which questions the notion that adults must be mature and free of child-like qualities and impulses. After an accident as an adult, Jozio travels back in time to age ten where he then proceeds to relive his childhood protected by his horned mask, armored breastplate, toy knife, and gun-like cassette player. As a child, Jozio is largely free of the ‘black smoke’, society’s expectations of responsible behavior.
In production by Pla-man Hobby, the Jozio 1/6 scale art action figure is available now for pre-order for $130 on the brand’s web shop until January 8th 2019. Limited to 500 pieces, this new red edition (10.5") follows the artist’s previous smaller-sized grey edition. In addition to his red outfit, Jozio is fully geared-up with mask, breastplate, knee guards, toy knife, and cassette player. Orders may randomly include one of two special gifts: clear breastplate (100 sets) or clear knee protector + clear toy knife (100 sets).
Jozio is an appealing 1/6 scale art toy with a compelling mix of childhood innocence and stylized representations of everyday battles and struggles between internal desires and expectations of others.