We will be selling DOB-kun, a new soft vinyl figure by contemporary artist Mr. Takashi Murakami, produced by INSTINCTOY, in four new colors by lottery sale.
We would like to introduce in detail how DOB-kun was created and the details of this work.
It was around October 2018 when the staff of Kaikai Kiki, led by Mr. Takashi Murakami, first contacted us to discuss the production of a soft vinyl figure. At that time, Kaikai Kiki had already started to produce original soft vinyl figures in Japan, but they were also interested in our company's production and contacted us.
The following month, in November 2018, we were invited to the ComplexCon in Los Angeles, and we went there to experience first-hand the hype of fashion, sneakers, and figures.
At that time, the first soft vinyl work "Kaikai & Kiki" created by Kaikai Kiki was on sale at the event. As a collector myself, I queued up early in the morning to purchase the figure, but even after standing in line for 5 hours, I was still unable to purchase them. As a collector, I was once again keenly aware of the popularity of Mr. Takashi Murakami and experienced the excitement of the venue.
The following year, at the Winter Wonder Festival in February 2019, at Kaikai Kiki's booth there was an actual DOB-kun large sculpture. We were there for a meeting with Mr. Takashi Murakami as INSTINCTOY in discussion to produce this work.
It was my first time seeing Mr. Takashi Murakami's sculpture in person, and I still vividly remember how overwhelmed I was by the perfect finish, which was achieved by his meticulous attention to detail. I was especially drawn to the expression of the eyes. The DOB-kun has a seemingly simple design, but such detailing and finishing adds depth to the overall design and makes it beautiful. I felt that such details and finishes add more depth to the overall design and creates strong attraction.
In creating the soft vinyl figure, I had a strong desire to express the charm I felt in Mr. Murakami's sculptures through a figure measuring 230mm in height for collectors to enjoy.
I made all the parts to be as detailed as possible, especially the eye parts, which are so finely produced that it is hard to believe they are made of PVC.
The color scheme was also thoroughly expressed in the pantone colors provided by Kaikai Kiki.
We faced many obstacles but we never compromised, and after more than half a year's work, the first five colors of the series were completed.
The commemorative 1st series was released on October 7, 2019 from the MOMA store.
Although it was not announced at the time of release, this is a limited edition of 400 pieces of each color edition, making it a rare piece that will not be reproduced, and is now already a hard-to-find collectible item.
The pandemic happened from the end of 2019, which affected us in various ways, including the cancellation of events and the suspension of factory operations. The production of the second series was greatly affected, but we were able to progress little by little.
Finally, in July 2022, we were able to complete and launch the new series!
The new series will be available simultaneously in four colors: Yellow, Camellia Red, Green Green, and Black.
The eye structure and "shadow" coloring, which have been our main concern since the beginning of production, are the points that we would like to draw your attention to the most in this work.
Please take a look at the 3D image video of the disassembled structure of the head of the work, which was our particular focus.
All colors have the best finish following the 1st series.
The first 80 pieces of each of the 230 piece editions were released for pre-sale at Perrotin Store Tokyo in Roppongi on July 8 (Fri.). The INSTINCTOY online lottery sale will sell 100 pieces of each color, applications will be accepted world-wide.
Takashi Murakami DOB-kun (produced in 2022)
Yellow, Camellia Red, Green Green, Black
Price: 55,000 JPY each color
This month's lottery sale is a《*INSTINCTOY Social Media Account follower limited reception》
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【Notice: Please apply with your NAME and ADDRESS in ENGLISH!】
Due to a system change, the EMS shipping company does not accept NAMES and ADDRESSES in Chinese characters anymore. Now, with both EMS and SF Express requiring NAME and ADDRESS in English, we unfortunately cannot accept applications using Chinese characters in the Name and Address field anymore. We kindly ask for your understanding.
【Information regarding the lottery sales】
Please read the following Terms & Conditions before you send in your applications. Sending an application will indicate an agreement to abide by these rules.
＜Terms & Conditions＞
・These products are available in limited numbers, only one lottery entry will be accepted for each individual postal address.
・Customers can send an application form only once. We will not accept more than one application from the same person.
・The winners' personal information (name/address) cannot be changed after the winning notification has been sent out. Therefore, at the time of registration, please make sure your information is correct before signing up.
・If we detect that customers are using a false name to make multiple registrations using the same address or the same PayPal account, the relevant application(s) will be automatically cancelled. Please make sure to sign up with your own profile.
・Please note that applications cannot be cancelled after the entry period is closed.
・Customers who have previously cancelled their order or did not make their payment are not allowed to join our lottery.
・After you receive the invoice from us, the payment has to be completed within 1 week.
・Customers need to cover the shipping and custom fees, besides the product prices.
Entry Period: July 14th (Thursday) till July 24th (Sunday) 2022 2359h Japan Time
Winners announcement: Emails will be sent on July 27th (Wednesday) until 1900h. Japan Time
※ Only winners will receive a prize announcement mail. After getting the mail, if you have any questions regarding the lottery results, please contact us.
After payment is received, we will start shipping from Japan on August 1st (Monday). Due to the large number of shipments, overseas customers may need to wait for two or three days for their orders to be shipped.
＜Important information about shipping＞
Due to the large size and high value of the product, to ensure that the parcels can pass through customs, customers’ orders will be shipped as single items and cannot be combined shipped. We seek your kind understanding.
＜Important information for customers residing in China＞
EMS has temporarily suspended shipping services from Japan to China and EMS Japan has not announced when the shipping services will resume.
In the meantime, we will safekeep the parcels of all customers with addresses in China and ship them after EMS services resume.
If customers have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Please understand the【Terms & Conditions】before you enter the lottery. The sales page is linked below.
For English language support, please use a PC or laptop to make your applications. (It only shows up in Japanese on the cellphone.)