Ahren Gauthier, from Improbable Cast, recently revealed a wonderful 1/7 scale figure (~10") aptly titled Kato. This fully licensed sculpture has been in the making for some time now and is based on an original design called "The White Buck", which is a SteampunkCouture.com collection piece from 2011, designed by the artist Kato(artist and designer from Steamgirl). Licensed figures and sculptures is something that needs to occur more in the Designer Toy world, especially with the ever increasing shift towards DIY resin. Often times, artists take liberties and produce whatever he/she wants. For the Kato/White Buck sculpture, Ahren received a license from Kato to produce a sculpture based on Kato's work. This project was a true collaborative effort in that the design is by Kato, Ahren provided the art direction, while the actual sculpting was a collaborative effort completed by Barsom Manashian and Sue Beatrice.
|The White Buck - Kato of Steamgirl.com|
Sue Beatrice has an album on her Facebook page, linked here, dedicated to the sculpting process for the Kato Sculpture. When it's all said and done, this prototype piece turned out amazing. Ahren's plan is to release different versions of this sculpture. There will be a version with a sculpted skirt, as seen in the pictures, as well as a version without the skirt with bare legs which will come with fabric to construct it. Tentative pricing for an unpainted version of Kato will be around $120, while a painted version will go for $175, plus shipping (pricing depends on location).
For those interested in how to purchase one of these sculptures, here is the ordering From Ahren:
Email email@example.com for full info and to be added to the mailing list to be notified of the launch. Production will commence very soon and a preorder system will be made available.
Thanks to everyone involved with this project, I could not be more pleased with how this project came out!
Be sure to follow all of the amazing people involved in this project, as they are awesome:
Design - Kato
Art Direction - Ahren Gauthier
Sculptor - Barsom Manashian
Sculptor - Sue Beatrice