Lee Scratch Perry may be 76 and now living in Switzerland, but in the 1960s, his music helped create and define the genres we now know as reggae and dub. Perry, famous for spinning and scratching vinyl, has finally become one with his medium: Japan’s PRESSPOP just turned him into a limited edition vinyl figure.
The Lee Scratch Perry vinyl toy was designed by Archer Prewitt and has articulation at the arms and head. PRESSPOP has captured Perry’s details in the form of a colorful cloth hat, gold bracelet and necklace, lighter being held in hand with microphone, wild hair, shoes and rings. In a sad convergence (R.I.P. MCA), Perry reached a wider global audience in 1998 as a vocalist on the Beastie Boys’ track “Dr. Lee, PhD” from Hello Nasty.
The Lee Scratch Perry figure is “officially approved by Lee a.k.a. The Upsetter: the father of reggae and dub music”. It’s limited to 1000 pieces for $39.95 each here or $55 in a combo pack including a DVD here.