I received a press release yesterday from a new Hong Kong-based figure company known as Hobby Figures Global. Unlike other companies operating out of the region they seem determined to do right by artists, fans, and IP holders alike, having expressed an ambitious vision that includes an officially licensed figure line from Samurai Champloo, as well as a PVC lineup from Queen’s Blade which will be rolled out over the coming months. Sample images and details on their first figure (Samurai Champloo’s Mugen) can be found below.

The potential for a morally and ethically righteous figure company operating out of Hong Kong is one that has me personally incredibly excited, and with their ability to coordinate production combined with international sculpting talent it’s possible they could become a potent force in the figure market in the near future. I’m happy to be able to introduce their first figure here in the hopes that it’s the beginning of wonderful things to come:


Heisei Democracy figure news exclusive: Hong Kong-based Hobby Figures brand hits the ground running with Samurai Champloo's Mugen

Heisei Democracy figure news exclusive: Hong Kong-based Hobby Figures brand hits the ground running with Samurai Champloo's Mugen

Heisei Democracy figure news exclusive: Hong Kong-based Hobby Figures brand hits the ground running with Samurai Champloo's Mugen

Heisei Democracy figure news exclusive: Hong Kong-based Hobby Figures brand hits the ground running with Samurai Champloo's Mugen

Figure information from the press release:

Scale: 1/8
Character: Mugen
License: Samurai Champloo (サムライチャンプルー)
Material: Cold Cast
Sculptor: Takahashi Tsuyoshi (Ichigo no Eiga Ippai no Sake)
Prototype painting: Yamashita Tooru
Size: 14.5cm height
Length: 26cm
Release Date: 2008 June
Japanese Price: 12800 yens

This edition will be limited and numbered to 2000 pieces worldwide.



Hobby Figures logo

While I think this stunning rendition of Mugen is a great way to kick off a figure brand, I’m even more excited about the prospect of the future of this international collaboration. There isn’t much solid information to go on yet, but with the official Hobby Figures site scheduled to go online within a week I’ll be on the lookout for further details and bring them here as they happen. The fact that they’re collaborating in honest business with the Japanese IP holders and sculptors speaks volumes to me about what’s possible for figure makers outside Japan, and I wish them all the best! Here’s hoping they decide to go PVC as soon as possible.