Mon-Sieur BOME Collection Vol.1
Original Sculpted by BOME
Produced and Manufactured by KAIYODO
Based Character Created by HIROYUKI UTATTANE
Interview with BOME
I’ve always liked the work of manga artist Hiroyuki Utattane, an exclusive manga artist in the world of coterie magazines. In particular, I thought I’d like to recreate his Oni Musume in three dimensions and color. The picture was used on the cover of a collection of Utattane’s works, and is actually an independent illustration with no real connection to the rest of the contents of the book. But there was something about it that made me want to do it in 3D.
Most of the time when I make figures of anime characters, details get sacrificed as a result of limits inherent in drawing animated art. But these illustrations are independent from the anime, and I was attracted by the attention to detail and ornamentation they displayed – you could tell the artist was enjoying himself when he was making them. But precisely because they are single illustrations, it is difficult to render them faithfully as three dimensional figures because of the lack of sufficient source materials.
For this piece, which was publicized once as a garage kit model, I was intrigued by the chance to make a relatively minor anime character available as a figure to a wider market, where ordinary people would have a chance to buy it. It would be great if there was a feedback effect from the figure, so that more people were able to learn about Utattane’s manga. That’s another reason I’d like to keep producing a series of figures based on characters that may not yet be famous, but for whatever reason made me think ‘Hey!’
The Based Chracter from ‘COUNT DOWN” by Hiroyuki Utattane
Had this figure for years and I think I bought it ‘cos it looked cool when I saw it at a local toy store. As you can tell, this is the first figure from the Mon-Sieur BOME Collection line by Kaiyodo.
The original version of this figure had red hair and yellow clothing but this is the Blue-version variant with blue hair and white clothing. If you can call what she’s wearing clothing that is. =p
Like all BOME figures, this one comes packaged in a blister-pack, which I really hate but I think is practical for this type of figures ‘cos they’re a lot less expensive than other figures which comes in a box.
Good thing I did this photoshoot early in the morning ‘cos later that day, it rained. 8)
Welcome to the jungle.