With the arrival of a mysterious gacha capsule from a faraway place, a momentous day has come into my life as a toy collector...the day I acquire my very first sofubi figure!
So, I blame @toypizza entirely for this impulse buy: I binged their new Showfubi show and immediately got a hankering for a sofubi figure, despite never being into said type of toy before. For me, sofubi were pretty prohibitively expensive, and I'm not much of a fan of airbrush aesthetics on toys, but my curiosity was piqued, and after some shopping around I spotted this lovely green beastie and simply HAD to have it.
So, without any further ado, I present my first sofubi toy ever: the Vinyl Artist Gacha Series 15 Baku-Kujira Green Variant by @candiebolton! This lovely little fellow is based off of an obscure yokai of the same name, a ghost whale that lays curses upon whalers and whaling villages, summoning otherworldly fish and birds to its side to portend its arrival...this guy, however, is decidely more sweet.
At only a few inches tall, it's beautifully sculpted/detailed, with tons of flair and personality that, I am happy to say, is beautifully accented by the paintwork. Tbh this figure is doing a good job disproving my general distaste for airbrushing on figures, it just works so wonderfully here and gives this figure a personality and aesthetic I don't think I've ever encountered before...
Cthulhu help me I might be falling down yet another collecting rabbit hole here. My favorite detail has to be the fins/frills along the back: the gold-orange paint really makes them pop.
Regardless, I love this thing: I have precisely 0 regrets and couldn't be happier with the first sofubi toy to join my collection...even if he's turning a few heads around here. (C'mon Villden, don't look so shocked: it's just a whale yokai made of soft vinyl!) Regardless, I can't recommend @candiebolton's work enough: her full-scale Bake-Kujira figure is a sight to behold and her paintwork is amazing. Make sure to check her out if you haven't already!
Now, if you'd excuse me, I have a sofubi rabbit hole to fall down. Cheers!