August 24, 2012
I am not an ultracrepidarian and this is no fanfaronade! Earlier, I wrote about Tomenosuke‘s partnership with Circus Posterus and the unveiling of Brandt Peters’ new sofubi toy, Stingy Jack. Well, under the quiet cloak of nightfall, another fleet of figures made its way onto Japanese shores.
I’m a huge fan of Russian designer Sergey Safonov, and his resin Moon Wanderers. I’ve been picking them up one-by-one for several years now, with Moon Mouse being my most recent acquisition. Almost exactly two years ago, Sergey’s Moon Wanderers became the subject of my first Toys by Design column for Design Bureau magazine.
Now, for the first time, you can collect the whole quartet of Moon Wanderers in one ￥21,000 or ~ $270 USD purchase. The cast of characters includes Moon Fox, Moon Cat, Kluth and all-new colorways of Moon Mouse. Act quickly here!
If you’re seeking something glossy, a little tree spirit told me that you can now get full 7-piece sets of Sergey’s beautiful porcelain Flirps (last seen here) for only $120! Individual porcelain Flirps ($20-$25) and full sets are both available directly through Sergey’s mini-shop. Sweet work, as always!
September 6, 2012
Sergey Safonov is embarking on a new journey: destination zakka. His latest two releases are functional art objects that work within his toyetic Moon Wanderers universe, but are also at home within your home.
Dream Boat is a porcelain boat that doubles as a candy dish, candle holder, paperclip ship…or “whatever floats your boat”. Above, Chorus Boy Godot is using it as an opportunity to tag along with the elder Moon Wanderers on an adventure.
Above, Ren 2 (designed by Bubi Au Yeung) commandeers the Dream Boat for an afternoon watching the butterflies (with laptop tucked away of course).
Above, I fill the Dream Boat with green binder clips. Alas, I could continue, but you get the picture. Click through for a few more cargo ideas, and then pick up your porcelain Dream Boat directly from Sergey here. A sweat Bayloom Sea Salt Shaker is also available here.
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July 10, 2012
What kind of a madman would release a new toy right in the midst of Comic-Con mayhem? Sergey Safonov (visual for the crazy face), that’s who!
Moon Mouse is the fourth member of Safonov’s wonderful fleet of Moon Wanderers. Quiet as a mouse in the Comic-Con flurry, Moon Mouse now joins Moon Fox, Moon Cat and Kluth. Safonov writes:
I was sure that the Moon Wanderers series was complete, but this spring, more and more of those dreamy vessels and creatures appeared in my sketchbook. It seemed, surprisingly, this wasn’t the end. During one of my doodling sessions with my son, Ilya told me that we should continue the series and asked me to go with Moon Mouse as his favorite Wanderer among many other candidates. That’s the long story short.
The blue and yellow Moon Mouse is hand-cast in resin and painted by Safonov in Moscow. He is about 3.5 inches tall and comes with a detachable resin boat.
Order yours here, and join the growing global community of Moon Wanderer fans and friends!
December 27, 2011
Some people call it a “curtain call,” and others call it a “swan song”. Sergey Safonov, however, is referring to his final act of 2011 as a ”Winter Harvest Kluth Boat.” Speaking of accessories…If you’ve ever wanted accessories for your Moon Wanderers, Sergey will send you a black ice boat filled with brightly colored human skulls. All hand-case in resin from Russia with love! Available here.
December 20, 2011
I briefly touched on Sergey Safonov‘s Flirps in the days leading up to DesignerCon, but since the leading graphic was an animated, pulsating, rainbow Luno, I understand that you may have gone into a trance and missed the memo. Safonov recently added the Flirps to his online shop, so we had a quick chat about his newest resin toys.
JB: So who are the Flirps?
SS: As characters: They are mini dwellers who (like the Moon Wanderers) live somewhere in the Gooma universe. They are the part of the story that wasn’t illustrated yet [due to time constraints], but it’s coming.
As toys: I always wanted to make mini-figures. Last year, there was a lot of discussion on the future of resin and what to expect from ‘the movement’. My idea was the mini series, and Flirps are the attempt to make a resin mini series.
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